Toughie No 1973 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
This is the first time I’ve had a Donnybrook Toughie to blog and I found it a gentle but pleasant experience. There are lots of proper nouns and at one stage I thought there was going to be a mini-theme relating to scientists but we only got as far as two examples.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Man in suit lifting equipment (4)
JACK: double definition. The suit is one of Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds or Spades.
3a Something essential to dignitary in retirement (5)
PIVOT: join together TO and the abbreviation for a dignitary or big cheese then reverse it all.
6a Fruit reduced by penny when sold alone (4)
EACH: remove the abbreviation for penny from a type of soft fruit.
8a Maybe Hearts and Hibs meet in unspeakable tragedy (3,8,4)
THE SCOTTISH PLAY: Hearts and Hibs are examples of football teams in Edinburgh. The tragedy is ‘unspeakable’ because actors consider it unlucky to refer to it by name.
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9a Fees schedule brings row over advertiser’s margins (6)
TARIFF: a row or minor quarrel contains the outer letters of advertiser.
10a Presidents honour service personnel (8)
charade of a verb to honour someone by carrying them in triumph and ordinary members of the armed services. Thanks to Jane for providing a much better way of parsing the clue – an honour or award (2) followed by RAF service personnel.
11a Structure in Steinbeck shows genius (8)
EINSTEIN: hidden in the clue.
13a Ridiculed arrangement trapping knight (4,2)
SENT UP: a word for an arrangement or configuration (3-2) contains the chess abbreviation for knight.
15a Nuts free to generate capital (6)
MADRID: splice together an adjective meaning nuts or deranged and a verb to free or purge.
17a Nightingale one left to occupy nest in place (8)
PHILOMEL: this is a female in Greek mythology who was turned into a nightingale. Insert the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for left into another word for nest or abode. Now put all that inside the abbreviation for place.
19a Old sailors with invitation going round duchy (8)
CORNWALL: assemble the abbreviations for old, our armed sailors and ‘with’ and insert what you’ve constructed inside an invitation or summons.
21a Curse a barmy supporter taking cup (6)
SAUCER: an anagram (barmy) of CURSE A. The same fodder that we had in 11d yesterday.
22a Very rapidly appreciate those giving hand (4,3,8)
LIKE THE CLAPPERS: appreciate or enjoy those applauding.
23a Moved suddenly — photograph ruined (4)
SHOT: triple definition, the last an informal adjective meaning ruined or worn out.
24a Infernal writer finally burned at stake (5)
DANTE: the final letter of burned and a stake in card games.
25a Female died in Slough (4)
SHED: a female pronoun followed by the abbreviation for died.
1d Current setter involved in predicament (3,6)
JET STREAM: insert an anagram (involved) of SETTER into another word for a predicament or pickle.
2d V-sign from revolutionary facing little man (7)
CHEVRON: force together our usual South American revolutionary, the abbreviation meaning facing (in a sporting contest) and a short male forename.
3d Checked text in page of scripture covered by course (9)
PROOFREAD: start with the abbreviation for page, then insert OF and the abbreviation for a scripture lesson into a word for course or path.
4d Vessel with another following current coming to holy residence (7)
VATICAN: stitch together a vessel for holding liquid, the symbol for electric current and another vessel.
5d Electrical engineer beginning to search in web (5)
TESLA: insert the first letter of search into a word (new to me) used in anatomy for delicate tissue or a web-like structure. The answer is the name of an inventor best known for contributing to the design of the alternating current electricity system.
6d Language operates incoherently without noun (9)
ESPERANTO: an anagram (incoherently) of OPERATES contains the abbreviation for noun.
7d Cat brought to water in French castle (7)
CHATEAU: weld together the French words for cat and water.
12d Tight cord flexed when first pulled (9)
STRINGENT: another word for cord is followed by a verb meaning flexed or angled without its first letter.
13d Sends copy to support hospital orderly (9)
SHIPSHAPE: start with a verb meaning sends or dispatches and add a verb to copy below the abbreviation for hospital.
14d Split in spire damaged with load (9)
POLARISED: an anagram (damaged) of SPIRE and LOAD.
16d Stop sailor heading out from Gdansk? (7)
ABOLISH: an abbreviation for sailor followed by an adjective that could mean ‘from Gdansk’ without its first letter.
17d One frequently landed with large fishing bill (7)
PELICAN: cryptic definition of a bird with a large bill.
18d 8 sees old woman caught by Hebrew character (7)
MACBETH: collate an affectionate word for one’s ‘old woman’, a cricket abbreviation for caught and the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
20d News provider concealed bug (5)
APHID: the short identity of a News Agency based in New York City is followed by a verb meaning concealed.
I ticked 1a, 8a and 13d but my favourite was 22a. Which clue(s) would you highlight?