Toughie No 2001 by Elkamere
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment ****
We have an excellent start to the third Toughie millennium with a very enjoyable puzzle from Elkamere. Several of the clues seemed quite tricky to solve initially but, as is often the case, once the light dawned they seemed obvious.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Son abandoned by huge entertainer (5)
COMIC: remove the abbreviation for son from an adjective meaning huge or astronomical.
4a Film producer welcomes Oscars getting near (9)
MOONRAKER: a producer or creator contains two instances of the letter that Oscar stands for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet and the abbreviation for near.
9a One hides name following unqualified comment (9)
UTTERANCE: the playing card with one spot contains the abbreviation for name and that comes after an adjective meaning unqualified or absolute.
10a Top marks for one in test (5)
ASSAY: a charade of more than one top mark and a word meaning ‘for one’ or ‘for example’.
11a Impressive, being a shopper? (7)
TELLING: double definition. This shopper is a rat or grass.
12a Doesn’t want, at first, criminal record (3,4)
SET DOWN: an anagram (criminal) of DOESNT W[ant].
13a Barter goods — well, as fence (6)
HAGGLE: two occurrences of the abbreviation for good have around them (as fence) an adjective meaning well or healthy.
15a Find out about unusual type of radiation (8)
INFRARED: an anagram (out) of FIND containing an adjective meaning unusual.
18a Inadequate way to mention wheels (8)
PATHETIC: a way or route followed by the reversal (wheels) of a verb to mention or quote.
20a Like one film that is not shown for sci-fi author (6)
ASIMOV: string together a conjunction meaning like, the Roman numeral for one and another word for a film without the abbreviation meaning ‘that is’ to get my favourite sci-fi author.
23a In Paris, this accident in particular? (7)
CERTAIN: knit together the French word for ‘this’, the abbreviation for an accident involving one or more vehicles and IN.
24a 1 + 1 put in for a start (7)
PIONEER: the Roman numeral for 1 and the English spelling of 1 go inside the preposition meaning ‘for a’ or ‘for each’. The definition (start) here is a verb.
26a Form of wealth, one worshipped in Athens (5)
PLUTO: as a prefix this means ‘of wealth’ or ‘denoting wealth’.
27a Bullet case, handle with care printed externally (9)
CARTOUCHE: a verb to handle or deal with has ‘care’ around it.
28a Bad breath or not, initially offensive (9)
ABHORRENT: an anagram (bad) of BREATH OR N[ot].
29a Shade of colour that starts to be put on paint container (5)
TINCT: the starting letters of ‘colour’ and ‘that’ need to be appended to what paint is usually bought in. Not a word that I knew.
1d New shirt’s cut up after business suit (9)
COURTSHIP: suit here is what a suitor engages in. It’s an anagram (new) of SHIRT inside UP, all preceded by the abbreviation for a business.
2d Stones for road, motorway, and so on (5)
METAL: the abbreviation for motorway and the Latin expression (2,2) meaning ‘… and the rest’.
3d My face is warm (7)
CORDIAL: an exclamation meaning ‘my!’ and the face (of a watch, say).
4d Run West maybe having stolen horse (6)
MANAGE: the forename of Ms. West the actress contains an old horse.
5d Order one’s driver, perhaps, to be courteous (8)
OBEISANT: fuse together an order that is handed out twice a year in the UK, the Roman numeral for one plus the ‘S and what driver is a type of in the insect world.
6d Roll over a pig? (7)
ROASTER: a roll or rota containing A.
7d Hearsay I found in book about surprise guest? (9)
KISSOGRAM: insert a slang word for hearsay or tittle-tattle and I into a New Testament book then reverse it all.
8d Artist needs that material (5)
RAYON: our usual artist and a dialect adjective for ‘that’ (i.e. the one ‘over there’).
14d Became violent, carrying hot exhaust (2,7)
GO THROUGH: a phrase meaning ‘became violent’ (3,5) contains the abbreviation for hot.
16d Not the same frogman? (9)
DIVERGENT: split your answer 5,4 to get a cryptic description of a frogman.
17d See boat crossing lake from mountain summit (8)
PINNACLE: a type of small boat (a word which, I was surprised to find from the BRB, can also mean a whore) contains the abbreviation for lake.
19d Locks up our charm (7)
ENAMOUR: reverse the sort of locks that a horse has and add OUR.
21d Beer bottles work for party animal (4-3)
STOP-OUT: a type of dark beer contains our usual abbreviation for work.
22d Alcoholic drink in bottle (6)
SPIRIT: double definition, bottle here meaning courage.
23d About to drink up soft drink (5)
CUPPA: a two-letter abbreviation for ‘about’ contains UP and the musical abbreviation meaning quiet.
25d I may get by once free outside (2-3)
EX-CON: a semi-all-in-one. The letter used in maths to mean ‘by’ with an anagram (free) of ONCE around it.
The top three in my personal list of ‘likes’ were 4a, 21d and 25d. Which one(s) floated your boat?