Toughie No 1829 by Shamus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
We’re having a spell of glorious weather in Devon at the moment and Shamus has contributed to the feeling of well-being with a very pleasant and not overly tough puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Upper-class toff with refined virtues escaping attention? (11)
UNOBTRUSIVE – string together the letter that’s used for upper-class, a toff and an anagram (refined) of VIRTUES.
9a Go by club losing source of real enthusiasm (7)
PASSION – a verb to go by or elapse followed by a golf club without the first letter of ‘real’.
10a Greek character leads insignificant rebellion (6)
MUTINY – the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet precedes an adjective meaning insignificant or negligible.
12a Pupil’s here to bear investigation? Nonsense (7)
EYEWASH – the organ where you’d find a pupil is followed by an informal verb to bear investigation or pass muster.
13a Support perhaps Arab League finally — close to a majority? (7)
TEENAGE – assemble a support on the golf course, what an Arab is an example of and the final letter of league.
14a Ditch by a lake and waterway (5)
CANAL – start with a slang verb (mainly North American) to ditch or halt and add A and L(ake).
15a Feel bitter with following court professionals currently (2,7)
AT PRESENT – a verb meaning ‘to feel bitter with’ follows the initials of the organisation that runs men’s professional tennis.
17a Spooner’s creator of rugby formations — whence comes dirt? (4-5)
MUCK-RAKER – Spooner might have said this was someone forming a sort of loose scrum in rugby.
20a Test requirement in court (5)
PROOF – I think that this is meant to be a double definition where the first can be either a verb or a noun. The two meanings are very similar.
22a What remains round parking area — or something similar (7)
REPLICA – put a word meaning what remains or survives round the abbreviation for parking then add A(rea).
24a Native expression with credit limited — senseless! (7)
IDIOTIC – start with an expression native to a language or group of people and an informal word for credit (in the monetary sense) then drop the final letter of both words.
25a Caribbean cyclist with day off is more flexible (6)
WIRIER – the abbreviation for the Caribbean area is followed by a cyclist (or possibly a horsewoman) with the abbreviation for day removed.
26a My wine quietly drained — lack enough? (2,5)
GO SHORT – an exclamation of surprise (my!) is followed by a fortified wine without the musical abbreviation meaning quietly.
27a Spotting gas that’s exploded in flying facility (7,4)
STAGING POST – an anagram (that’s exploded) of SPOTTING GAS.
2d Novelist gets fix about French city (7)
NAIPAUL – the name of this Nobel-prize winning author comes from a verb to fix or fasten containing the name of a French city at the foot of the Pyrenees.
3d Magistrates note point of reference (9)
BENCHMARK – concatenate a metonym for magistrates and a verb to note or pay heed to.
4d Scope in pastime recently taken up (5)
REMIT – a reverse lurker.
5d Drunk attending whether you like it or not! (2,5)
SO THERE – charade of an habitual drunk and an adverb meaning attending or present.
6d Name adopted by fruit producer of a pedigree (7)
VINTAGE – insert a name or label into a fruit-bearing plant.
7d Excessive on reflection, a Merc flying is caught by it? (5,6)
SPEED CAMERA – this is an all-in-one. The reversal of an adjective meaning excessive or intense and an anagram (flying) of A MERC go inside a two-letter abbreviation meaning ‘it’.
8d It’s behind a top German magazine (6)
ASTERN – A followed by a top-selling German news magazine.
11d Complicated craft I cite with English in official declaration (11)
CERTIFICATE – an anagram (complicated) of CRAFT I CITE followed by E(nglish).
16d A piece at college getting more colourful? (7,2)
PERKING UP – weld together a 3-letter preposition meaning ‘a’, a chess piece and an adverb meaning ‘at college’.
18d Islander in yard detained by copper upset over disorder (7)
CYPRIOT – the abbreviation for yard goes inside the reversal of a copper’s rank. That precedes a word for disorder or violent disturbance.
19d Trouble amid sign of age barrier (7)
RAILING – a verb to trouble goes inside a sign of age (in a tree).
20d Persist with unpredictability in service providers (7)
PRIESTS – an anagram (with unpredictability) of PERSIST.
21d Choice drink after switch at start (6)
OPTION – start with a drink or draught and switch the order of the first two letters.
23d Way of expressing interest about part of stage (5)
APRON – the abbreviation used to define the interest rate (on a loan, say) followed by a preposition meaning about.
12a and 16d vied for favouritism but my verdict has to go to 7d. Which one(s) had you nodding in approval?