Toughie No 1993 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
There’s nothing too obscure from Giovanni today, though I’d not come across the particular form of the desert traveller before. Thanks to him for the pleasant puzzle (I hope he saw Brendan’s tribute to him in Monday’s Guardian).
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1a Capital victory followed by a little drink, say (8)
WINNIPEG: to get the capital of Manitoba join together a victory, a wee dram and the abbreviation meaning ‘say’.
6a Thus useless person without love becomes pompous (6)
SOLEMN: an adverb meaning thus followed by an informal word for someone (or something) useless without the letter resembling zero or love.
9a Sweet, turning more than one head (6)
BONBON: an informal word for someone’s head is repeated and it’s all reversed.
10a Put up comment about threatening Conservative being deposed (8)
NOMINATE: a comment or observation contains an adjective meaning threatening after the 4-letter synonym for Conservative has been removed.
11a Differs from rich man, having to grab bit of work (8)
DIVERGES: the traditional name given to the unnamed rich man in one of the Biblical parables contains the word for a unit of work in physics.
12a A table like the captain’s? (6)
ABOARD: A and another word for table or fare. In the surface the “‘s” indicates “has” but as the definition it stands for “is”.
13a Tsar? One looked up to, though sometimes lacking in brightness (8,4)
VARIABLE STAR: a reverse anagram with the first word of the answer being the indicator and the second the fodder.
16a One could age, troubled by minimal energy — keep this on dressing table? (3,2,7)
EAU DE COLOGNE: an anagram (troubled) of ONE COULD AGE is placed adjacent to the abbreviation for energy. Clever clue because this substance is supposed (if you believe the hype) to have a beneficial effect on the mind and the body.
19a Authenticated script offering more than one field of study (6)
REALMS: bring together an adjective meaning authenticated or genuine and the abbreviation for a manuscript.
21a One managing particular shop or factory, unendingly lazy (8)
MILLINER: another word for a factory followed by an adjective meaning lacking vigour without its last letter.
23a What church composer could do, showing bias (8)
PENCHANT: split the answer 3,5 to get what a composer of church music could do.
24a Like famous holy room used by Jesus finally for meal (6)
SUPPER: the adjective identifying the location of a famous holy room in the New Testament follows the last letter of Jesus.
25a Bishop irritable, like a badly behaved youngster (6)
BRATTY: the chess abbreviation for bishop is followed by an informal adjective meaning irritable.
26a Unwavering English group of workers, one not winning after setback (8)
RESOLUTE: string together the abbreviation for English, the abbreviation for an organised group of workers and someone who’s not winning. Now reverse the lot.
2d In charge, undermining club? That’s somehow incongruous (6)
IRONIC: the abbreviation meaning ‘in charge’ comes after a type of golf club.
3d Half-heartedly try to persuade member of the upper house? (5)
NOBLE: start with a verb meaning try to persuade or influence (usually in illegal or underhand ways) and remove one of the repeated letters at its heart.
4d Praise gay prince for coming out (9)
PANEGYRIC: an anagram (for coming out) of GAY PRINCE.
5d Modern music fills Georgia with feeling of unease (7)
GANGSTA: the standard abbreviation for Georgia (the US state, not the European country) contains a word meaning a feeling of unease or anxiety.
6d Salvationists with little time on a group of islands (5)
SAMOA: string together the abbreviation for the Christian organisation known for their brass bands, a word for a short period of time and A.
7d Seafood disgustingly gelatinous I rejected (9)
LANGOUSTE: an anagram (disgustingly) of GELAT[i]NOUS without the I.
8d Significant chum with money in Oman (8)
MATERIAL: a synonym for chum and the name of the currency in Oman (and several other Middle Eastern countries).
13d Device lit when working, that is to say (9)
VIDELICET: an anagram (when working) of DEVICE LIT gives us an adverb more often seen in its abbreviated form …
14d Members keeping within group of top people? They know the rules (9)
LEGALISTS: some bodily members contain an informal adjective (1-4) meaning belonging to a group of top people.
15d Desert traveller in vehicle admitting state of confusion (8)
CAMELEER: a road vehicle contains a word for a state of confusion or rumpus. Here’s the best introduction ever of one of these:
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17d One restrains learner having conceited boast with little hesitation (7)
LIMITER: knit together the abbreviation for our usual learner, a conceited boast (1’1,2) and an expression of hesitation.
18d Upset after agent shows something we’ve seen before? (6)
REPEAT: a verb to upset or worry follows an abbreviated sales agent.
20d I am surprised, overcome by what is blue and sordid (5)
SEAMY: an expression of surprise follows what we traditionally think of as blue but which can be a variety of colours (including James Joyce’s description of ‘snot-green’).
22d Drive mile in one short shower (5)
IMPEL: insert the abbreviation for mile between the Roman numeral for one and a verb to shower or pepper without its last letter.
I liked the clever 24a and 20d but my favourite was 16a. Which one(s) appealed to you?