Toughie No 1881 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Still they keep coming – we have another great puzzle from the late Petitjean. I’m told that there’s no indication in the paper that this is the last one, so let’s hope for many more.
As I often do I wondered how some non-UK solvers might get on with some of the references – today we have a London tube station, Arthur Daley and the Queen Vic.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a C of E tradition is manacling changes (11)
ANGLICANISM – a straightforward anagram (changes) of IS MANACLING.
9a Appear emaciated following cold and cough (4,5)
COME CLEAN – charade of a verb to appear or arrive, the abbreviation for cold and an adjective meaning emaciated. Cough here is what the CID encourage suspects to do.
10a/11a No surprise from Little Stevie? (5,6)
SMALL WONDER – cryptically this could describe Little Stevie, the young blind singer.
11a See 10a
12a One depressive possesses way of talking back that’s unseemly (8)
IMPROPER – start with the Roman numeral for one, add someone who’s a depressive or listless and insert the reversal of the abbreviation for the ‘standard’ way of speaking British English.
13a Pipe circulating in the ancient expression of celebration (6)
YIPPEE – an anagram (circulating) of PIPE goes inside an ancient word for ‘the’ to make my reaction on learning that today’s setter is Petitjean.
15a At this point in pub the start of trouble is to be expected (8)
INHERENT – insert an adverb meaning ‘at this point’ into another word for pub and append the first letter of trouble.
18a Famous philanthropist almost taken in by regular visitor’s success story (2-6)
GO-GETTER – drop the final letter from the surname of a billionaire philanthropist who made his money from oil and put what remains inside someone who’s a regular visitor.
19a Jerks text resort to the west (6)
SPASMS – the abbreviation for the system used to send and receive text messages is preceded by a resort with a mineral spring.
21a Moving vocal, pleasant but lacking energy, is emotionally charged (8)
VOLCANIC – an anagram (moving) of VOCAL is followed by an adjective meaning pleasant without the abbreviation for energy.
23a ‘Peerless’ pun I query being peerless (6)
UNIQUE – start with words 2-4 of the clue and take away the verb to peer or probe.
26a Somehow eat ants without an inkling (5)
TASTE – an anagram (somehow) of EAT [an]TS.
27a Hype about Andean wool-producer overcoming sloth to become religious leader (5,4)
DALAI LAMA – reverse the abbreviation for some hype or a plug and add an Andean wool-producing animal containing the sloth that’s so useful for Scrabble players.
28a Queen Vic hen night tear shed — that’s ominous (11)
THREATENING – Queen Vic (the pub in the ‘Eastenders’ soap) is being used here as an adjective to tell us that ‘hen’ is to be cockneyfied, so make an anagram (shed, i.e. dispersed) of ‘EN NIGHT TEAR.
1d Park discovered next to Church Street tube station (7)
ARCHWAY – Dis-cover the word park, add an abbreviation for church and finish with a synonym for street.
2d Scamp is oddly glammy and popular (5)
GAMIN – the odd letters of ‘glammy’ and our usual adjective meaning popular or trendy.
3d In addition switching wingers leads to foul (9)
INCLEMENT – start with an addition (to one’s pay, for example) and switch right to left.
4d The last word from me in a note? (4)
AMEN – put ‘me’ between A and the abbreviation for note.
5d Snub bible lessons having gone in to stop one’s humiliation (8)
IGNOMINY – take away the abbreviation for Bible lessons from a verb meaning to snub or cold-shoulder then insert IN into “one’s” from the point of view of the setter.
6d Skinflint‘s turn of card (Queen) (5)
MISER – cement together the reversal of a mobile phone card and the regnal cipher of our Queen.
7d Miscreant sect holding priest on island (7)
CULPRIT – another word for a religious sect containing abbreviations for priest and island.
8d Redundant description of loch or moisture? (8)
DAMPNESS – split the answer 4,4 and it could be an unnecessary or self-evident description of a specific Scottish loch.
14d First person cuts battered lip and gums boxing (8)
PUGILISM – a first person pronoun gets inserted into an anagram (battered) of LIP and GUMS.
16d Never mind old, renovated ex-PO van is English and warm (9)
EXPANSIVE – an anagram (renovated) of EX-P[o] VAN IS followed by the abbreviation for English.
17d Memo on the subject of Arthur Daley’s employee (8)
REMINDER – string together a preposition meaning ‘on the subject of’ and the job of Mr Daley’s employee.
18d Presented gripping flamboyant dance (7)
GAVOTTE – a verb meaning presented or donated contains an abbreviation meaning flamboyant or extravagant.
20d Crooned about Greek goddess of youth with no energy for affair (7)
SHEBANG – a verb meaning crooned contains the name of the Greek goddess of youth without her final E(nergy). This is the second clue (after 21a) where we have to remove the abbreviation for energy but ‘no energy’ doesn’t quite work here because there’s one E left in the name.
22d Skill to tie up the French on the ball (5)
ALERT – a word meaning skill or technique contains a French definite article.
24d Phoney bellringer denied tricky mood (5)
QUASI – start with a fictional Parisian bellringer (whose love interest appeared in yesterday’s Toughie) and take away the mixed-up letters (tricky) of MOOD.
25d Pressure on regulars in illegal action (4)
PLEA – the abbreviation for pressure precedes regular letters from ‘illegal’. I wasn’t sure that the answer was an action but Chambers has ‘a lawsuit (Scottish law and historical)’ as its first meaning
Lots to like here, including 9a, 10/11a, 28a, 3d and 24d, but I’ll nominate 23a as favourite. Which clue(s) fired your enthusiasm?