Toughie No 1878 by Shamus
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Greetings from Warrington. I’m rather relieved this is on the easier side of things as I’ve had to do this from the clue list without a grid. Nothing terribly taxing and some nice clues to make you smile.
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1a It could be instant to accommodate drinking establishment (6,5)
COFFEE HOUSE: The name of a beverage that comes in instant varieties goes before a word meaning to accommodate to give somewhere to have a drink. Odd to have the first half of the clue to also be part of the definition.
9a Idiot curtailed period for social medium (7)
TWITTER: An idiot followed by the name for a period at school, minus its last letter (curtailed)
10a Place to sit established by driving location (6)
SETTEE: One of the words that has the most definitions in Chambers and means established goes before a location for driving but not in a motoring sense gives you somewhere to sit.
12a Prison lacking excitement and openness (7)
CANDOUR: A nickname for a prison goes before a word meaning dull and lacking excitement (often found before ‘Scotsman’ in descriptions of Andy Murray). This reveals a word meaning openness.
13a Joy in English over when immersed in another language (7)
ELATION: Take an abbreviation for English and add the name of an ancient language. Insert O for over and this reveals a word meaning joy.
14a Hang around having abandoned good ship (5)
LINER: A word for a ship is revealed by taking a word meaning to hang around and remove G for good.
15a Authoritative ref’s possibly restricting time in feature of rugby (9)
MASTERFUL: Inside a term in rugby that usually goes with ‘ruck’ goes an anagram of REF’S with a T (time) inside that to give a word meaning authoritative.
17a Game feasible after managerial work within company (9)
BADMINTON: The name of a sport is found by taking a shot name fo office work inside the name of one of Britain’s biggest companies known as an abbreviation. Add a short word meaning feasible and you have the name.
20a Furious judge’s admission? (5)
IRATE: A word meaning furious is found by taking what a judge would say is his job description if asked.
22a Fancy lyricist goes beyond limit (7)
CAPRICE: The name of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s lyricist chum follows something that means to limit or restrict and leads you to a word meaning fancy.
24a Understanding within the near future? (7)
INSIGHT: If something is nearby in terms of time or distance it is said to be this phrase, which when taken as one word, it means understanding.
25a Fish not lacking oxygen in narrow strait (6)
SOLENT: The name of a famous Southern strait is revealed by taking the name of a fish and adding NOT minus the chemical symbol for oxygen.
26a Part of Midwest restaurant area (7)
INDIANA: The name for a sort of restaurant takes the symbol for area and gives you a Midwestern state of the USA.
27a Purpose in dear store reviewed (6,5)
RAISON D’ÊTRE: A French expression that means purpose is an anagram (reviewed) of IN DEAR STORE.
2d Better order empties characterising a barbecue? (7)
OUTDOOR: A word that describes where a barbecue is invariably held is found by taking something that means to better and add ORDER without its innards (empties).
3d Technophobe’s ideal place? On the contrary! (3,4,2)
FAR FROM IT: Probably my favourite clue today. A way of saying where someone who hates computers would ideally be can also be a phrase meaning on the contrary.
4d Follow regular features in tennis rules (5)
ENSUE: The alternate letters of TENNIS RULES gives a word meaning to follow.
5d Power failure round end of tour produces great offence (7)
OUTRAGE: Inside the name for a power cut goes the last letter of TOUR to give something that means great offence.
6d Novel phrase that’s repeated for legal official (7)
SHERIFF: The name of a legal official both here or in the USA is found by taking the title of a famous novel (by H Rider Haggard) and something that means a repeated (musical) phrase.
7d Touch lightly bass in bag — or another fish (11)
STICKLEBACK: The name for a small fish is revealed by taking a word meaning to touch something lightly (and playfully) and the abbreviation for bass and placing it all inside a type of hessian bag.
8d Function, it’s said, by side to claim benefit (4,2)
SIGN ON: A homophone of a mathematical function goes before a type of side in sport to give a phrase meaning to claim benefits.
11d All unite in working around fellow having major impact (11)
INFLUENTIAL: An anagram of ALL UNITE IN goes around F (fellow) to given an andjective meaning having an impact.
16d Delicate appeal six took up in hearing? (9)
SENSITIVE: A word meaning delicate is a word meaning appeal and a reverse of the symbol for six (which is another number!) all inside what hearing is.
18d See graduate after decline in educational qualification (7)
DIPLOMA: The name for a decline or fall takes a way of saying ‘see’ as a command and an abbreviation for a higher university graduate.
19d Nancy’s here with Eliot getting hostility (7)
ICINESS: The way the locals say ‘here’ in the town of Nancy goes before a famous person with the Christian name Eliot to give a word for hostility or sang-froid in Nancy.
20d How one might describe convict, Republican, one privy to secrets? (7)
INSIDER: The location for a convict takes the abbreviation for a Republican to give the name for someone who has access to secure information.
21d Sport administrators promoted African country finally banning a party from Asia (6)
AFGHAN: The name for an inhabitant of an Asian country is found by taking the name of soccer’s administrators and reversing it (promoted as a reversal indicator??). Add the name of an African country and remove A, its last letter.
23d It’s put away in Berkshire institution for auditors (5)
EATEN: A homophone for the name of a famous educational establishment in Berkshire means to have been put away (by mouth).
A pleasant puzzle with a bit of a quibble over 21d that shouldn’t cause too much trouble. See you again soon.