Toughie No 1863 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment ****
Dutch is on his hols for a month so you’re going to be getting some guest bloggers in this spot starting with yours truly.
I thought that this was less tricky than what we usually get from a Friday proXimal but I was held up more than I should have been in the NW quadrant which accounts for the extra half-star I’ve given it for difficulty. I did enjoy it – thanks to proXimal.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Men disheartened with United become angry (3,7,2)
GET STEAMED UP – take the middle letter out of some posh men and add a phrasal verb (6,2) meaning united or joined forces.
8a Area mined, coal is withdrawn (7)
ASOCIAL – the abbreviation for area followed by an anagram (mined, presumably in the sense of bombed) of COAL IS.
9a One cuts bit of loaf well, but not the ends (7)
SCALPEL – part of a loaf or noggin and the inside letters of ‘well’.
11a Boat’s installed with tunnel in the middle for boarding place (7)
KENNELS – a low flat-bottomed boat plus the ‘S having the middle letters of tunnel installed in it.
12a Give notice about contest in outskirts of Paignton (7)
PREWARN – put a preposition meaning about and a significant military contest inside the outer letters of Paignton.
13a Tip from well-informed group (5)
UPSET – charade of an adverb meaning well-informed or ‘au courant’ and a group or circle.
14a Massage head after thumps and cover over shiner (9)
LAMPSHADE – make an anagram (massage) of HEAD and place it after a slang verb meaning thumps or punches.
16a Brown starter of salmon not brought to the lips (3-6)
SUN-KISSED – the starting letter of salmon followed by an adjective meaning not touched with the lips.
19a After assault, soldiers can’t stand (5)
ABHOR – join together the abbreviation for a statutory offence involving a physical assault on a person and the usual abbreviation for ordinary soldiers.
21a Leave mock Tudor housing long-faced (4,3)
DROP OUT – an anagram (mock) of TUDOR contains the shortened form of an adjective meaning long-faced or humourless.
23a Stuck join, wrapping present (7)
ADHERED – a verb to join or append goes round an adverb meaning present or ‘in attendance’.
24a One immersed in textbook is better prepared (7)
READIER – insert the Roman numeral for one into a textbook.
25a Left, cut and ran (7)
OVERSAW – bring together an adverb meaning left or remaining and a verb meaning to cut with a tool.
26a The German rejected job, shunning first motorway restructuring (12)
REDEPLOYMENT – reverse one of the German definite articles and add a word for job or position after you’ve removed the first occurrence of the abbreviation for motorway.
1d Last bit in mug with some drinks (7)
GROUNDS – this is an all-in-one. The last letter of mug is followed by sets of drinks bought for a group of people.
2d See this weapon working, it might make you interested (7)
TRIDENT – a compound anagram. If you make an anagram (working) of SEE and the answer you should get ‘interested’.
3d Note beer in bar calling to customers (9)
TELESALES – start with a note from tonic sol-fa then insert another word for beer into a preposition meaning bar or excepting. Here’s a funny way to respond to these pests:
4d He wrote article on model from the south (5)
AESOP – an indefinite article followed by the reversal of a verb to model. A real old chestnut.
5d Fish sandwiches guy set over plates (7)
ENAMELS – plates here is a verb. Some (plural) fish contain a reversed guy. This doesn’t seem right to me – since ‘fish’ here has to be plural the singular form of the verb, i.e. sandwiches, doesn’t match it. What do you think?
6d Restricting mobile apps, regularly barred upload somewhere in Scandinavia (7)
UPPSALA – the odd letters of ‘upload’ contain an anagram (mobile) of APPS to produce Sweden’s fourth largest city.
7d Description of trier? Not one likely to win (4,8)
RANK OUTSIDER – this is clever. If you split the answer 4,7,1 and treat it as a bit of wordplay you should end up with ‘trier’.
10d Bird World with no eagle, unfortunately (4-5,3)
LONG-EARED OWL – an anagram (unfortunately) of WORLD NO EAGLE.
15d Like a go-between linking press and politician (9)
MEDIATORY – a general word for the press (and other outlets) followed by a right-wing politician.
17d Baby‘s very bright writing up letter in Greek (7)
NEONATE – a description meaning very bright or fluorescent followed by the reversal of the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet.
18d One engineered solid base to put on a pedestal (7)
IDOLISE – string together the Roman numeral for one, an anagram (engineered) of SOLID and the letter used as the symbol for the base in logarithms.
19d To manage account European invested in place of industry (7)
ACHIEVE – start with the abbreviation for account then insert the single-letter abbreviation for European into a place buzzing with industry.
20d Obstinate policeman in hurry to be on time (7)
HARDSET – insert the abbreviation for the rank of a police detective into a verb to hurry then finish with T(ime). Chambers and other dictionaries have this word hyphenated.
22d Fortune to incorporate railway climbing mountainous region (5)
TYROL – a word for fortune or destiny includes one of the abbreviations for railway. We then have to reverse it all.
I liked 1a (appropriate for the start of the football season again – already!), 1d (a good all-in-one) and 10d (excellent anagram) but my favourite is the very clever 7d.