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Toughie 1942

Toughie No 1942 by Mynot

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

A pleasant enough puzzle to end the Thursday Toughie year. I was held up for a while in the NE corner but there was nothing particularly difficult

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1a    Artist is taking an age, for example, to embrace singular girl making toast (5,4,5)
RAISE ONE’S GLASS: An abbreviation denoting an artist + IS + an age + ‘for example’ round S (singular) + a girl = ‘to toast’

10a    Ended year in unfrequented Ferris wheel (6,3)
LONDON EYE: ‘Ended’ and Y (year) inside ‘unfrequented’ gives a tourist attraction on the South Bank

11a    Predict love after wife’s divorce? (2,3)
BE TWO: ‘To predict (with the intention of winning money)’ + W (wife) + O (love)

12a    Rage about island, beginning to search for spooks (7)
WRAITHS: ‘Rage’ round I (island) + the first letter of SEARCH

13a    Support church to move deeply (6)
PIERCE: A support + the Church of England

15a    That man backed the French list (4)
HEEL: ‘That man’ + a reversal of the French definite article = ‘to list’

17a    Warning in translation not predicted (10)
UNFORESEEN: A warning on a golf course inside an unprepared passage for translation

18a    The smallest particle (electron) encountered with aluminium alloy (5,5)
WHITE METAL: The smallest particle imaginable + E (electron) + ‘encountered’ + the atomic symbol for aluminium

20a    Asymmetrical bi-coloured horse with mane? (4)
SKEW: A horse marked in white and another colour (not black) that’s not BALD (i.e with a mane)

22a    One gets excited for flowers (6)
IRISES: I (one) + ‘gets excited’

23a    Sack also has extra silver (7)
TOOLBAG: A workman’s sack = ‘also’ + two letters denoting an extra in cricket + the atomic symbol for silver

26a    On Thursday, perhaps boxer gets Indian meal (5)
THALI: An abbreviation for ‘Thursday’ + a famous boxer (The Greatest)

27a    Gold box placed before god where chorus danced (9)
ORCHESTRA: ‘Gold’ + a box + the ancient Egyptian sun-god = where the chorus danced in ancient Greek theatre

28a    Reducing social differences in spare-time education (7,7)
EVENING CLASSES: This could also mean that you are levelling out the social divisions in society


2d    A vegetable stuck around entrance to neck causing asphyxia (5)
APNEA: A and a vegetable round the first letter of NECK = ‘asphyxia’ (spelt the American way)

3d    21 drinks (6)
SHORTS: 2 meanings: what the answer to 21 down are an example of/drinks of spirits

4d    Bows in boat initially crushed by sea ice, with son shivering (10)
OBEISANCES: ‘Bows (as an act of reverence)’ = the first letter of BOAT inside an anagram (shivering) of SEA ICE SON

5d    Hangovers reported from previous days (4)
EVES: A homophone of the overhanging edges of a roof

6d    Emigree recalled great journey (2,5)
GI BRIDE: A female who emigrated to the USA during and after WWII = a reversal of ‘great’ + a journey

7d    Dress following of stern queen in area behind bridge (9)
AFTERDECK: The stern + our Queen + ‘to dress’ = the area behind the bridge on a ship

8d    Doctor rows along ocean to shoot himself in the foot! (5,2,3,4)
SCORE AN OWN GOAL: An anagram (doctor) of ROWS ALONG OCEAN gives a term derived from soccer

9d    Dispatch train to reveal incompetence (4,3,7)
BLOW THE WHISTLE: The guard does (or used to do) this when the train is ready to depart

14d    Stoical man trained in solitary (10)
MONASTICAL: An anagram (trained) of STOICAL MAN

16d    Get rid of priest, minister and goddess (9)
ELIMINATE: An Old Testament priest + an abbreviation for ‘minister’ + the Greek goddess of mischief

19d    In time at sea anger returns for those retired (7)
EMERITI: A reversal of ‘anger’ inside an anagram (at sea) of TIME = professors who have retired

21d    More than one dog / pants (6)
BOXERS: 2 meanings: medium sized dogs with bulldog blood/loose fitting underpants for men

24d    Steal from dressing-gown in wash (5)
BATHE: Remove ROB (steal) from a towelling loose-fitting garment worn as a dressing gown

25d    This sound‘s doubly good (4)
BONG: ‘Good’ (from the French) + G (good)

Well that’s another year safely negotiated. A Happy New Year to you all (and don’t drink too much).


12 comments on “Toughie 1942

  1. I didn’t get 25d , 11a , 23a , and 6d. The first four I mentioned , I don’t think I’ll ever be clever enough to get those.
    I thought that 6d should have been numbered 1,1,5.
    Otherwise , I really liked all the outer clues . Thanks to Mynot and Bufo.

  2. I hadn’t tackled a Toughie for a couple of weeks (maybe longer) so I wasn’t sure how I would get on with this one. I was pleasantly surprised as it turned out to be quite ‘gentle’.

    I smiled at the 21d/3d ‘combo’ – quite clever.

    Candidates for favourite – 28a, 9d, and the said combo – and the winner is the combo.

    Thanks to Mynot and Bufo.

  3. I too struggled in the NE corner. 6d/11a being my last ones in

    Thank you to MynoT and Bufo. Happy New Year to you too

  4. Thanks to MynoT and Bufo. Add me to the list of those who struggled in Tyneside. I also found, when reading the blog, that I’d got 25d wrong – I wrote in GONG which seemed fine at the time, i.e. G(ood) piled ON G(ood).
    My favourite was 20a.

  5. Mynot puzzles are just about my level of Toughie-ness. I couldn’t fathom out 6d without peeping at the answer and I have to confess to needing hints in order to parse what were bung ins for some of my answers. All in all though, I found this a most absorbing and very enjoyable Toughie. Thanks to setter and Bufo for some much needed hints.

  6. We also had GONG for 25d and justified it in the same way as Gazza above. We also had 21d wrong where we had put ROVERS which are a type of trousers. BOXERS is a much more obvious answer now we see it and can’t understand how we missed it. So all in all we did not do very well but it was fun.
    Thanks MynoT and Bufo.

  7. I was definitely not on MynoT’s wavelength today and really struggled – particularly in the NE (loved your description, Gazza!).
    Still not very happy about either 11 or 23a but I guess that others found them to be fair enough.

    First prize went to 28a.

    Thanks to MynoT and to Bufo -and all the best to you for the New Year.

  8. Managed this unaided after a long while, the NE corner being a pest. Agree with Una-I liked the long answers ie 1a, 8d, 9d and 26a. Thanks to all and have a good 2018!

  9. I, too, struggled in the NE corner. Unfortunately, I mis-entered 8d which gave me wrong ending letters for 17a and 20a which compounded my difficulty. It’s hard to say whether I would have won if I had entered 8d correctly – I suspect probably not. Many thanks to Mynot and Bufo.

  10. Had to consult the blog to get 6d. Never heard of the term.
    Struggled in 23a and 24d and got the right sound in 25d.
    Loved the combo too.
    Thanks to MynoT and to Bufo for the review.

  11. More like a **** for difficulty here, a case I suspect of never really managing to get on the setter’s wavelength. The NE corner in particular caused me some trouble. Last in though was 25d.

  12. I got 11a but didn’t really believe it because it is not really an expression (?). That prevented me getting 6d until my wife spotted it. But GI isn’t one word to we pedants. Got 20a but (even with Bufo’s explanation) I don’t get it.

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