Toughie No 2029 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
We have yet another highly enjoyable, though not too difficult, puzzle from the late Petitjean. He’s very often given us food-related clues but this time he’s supplied a veritable smorgasbord of nice things to eat (although 2d might leave a nasty taste in the mouth).
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1a What a screw might do with a broken cell door — or an inmate? (4,1,4,3,2)
MAKE A BOLT FOR IT: two meanings with a screw here being a slang term for a prison warder.
9a Most sharp, making rip in broken seat (7)
ACUTEST: insert a rip or tear into an anagram (broken) of SEAT.
10a Art Nouveau encompasses Erté’s flipping ivory tower (7)
RETREAT: an anagram (nouveau) of ART contains the reversal of Erté (pseudonym of the Russian-born French artist Romain de Tirtoff who was known as the father of Art Deco – isn’t Google wonderful?).
11a Black model car with key missing (4)
INKY: start with the brand name of model cars which were very popular in my childhood but which haven’t been made since 1979. Now remove the musical key from the start of the name.
12a Steer clear of shifting much nicer TV hotel’s dropped in (10)
CIRCUMVENT: an anagram (shifting) of MUC[h] NICER TV with the letter for which hotel is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet within being dropped.
14a Leaves simple starter of salad (6)
GREENS: an adjective meaning simple or naive and the starting letter of salad.
15a Breakfast staples or their traditional seasoning across America, with Southern following (8)
SAUSAGES: a traditional seasoning for the answer contains a three-letter abbreviation for America. Finish with the abbreviation for Southern.
17a Empathized without the shakes after swallowing a tranquillizer (8)
DIAZEPAM: an anagram (shakes) of EMPA[th]IZ[e]D without ‘the’ contains A.
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18a As a Just A Minute speech may be: artful, in earshot, making a case (6)
LINEAR: a hidden word. The requirement of the long-running Just A Minute programme is to speak for 60 seconds without deviation, repetition or hesitation and the answer here conforms to those three conditions.
21a Sulphur spoils metal — chafing makes one part like this (6,4)
SADDLE SORE: string together the chemical symbol of sulphur (which we’re supposed to spell sulfur these days), a verb meaning spoils or goes rotten and a poetic word for precious metal. When applied to a rider the part that’s affected is his or her rear end. Chambers spells this with a hyphen.
22a Off and on, Gasthof parking will be on the roof? (4)
ATOP: regular letters from Gasthof and the abbreviation for parking.
24a Dog owner, don’t do this! (7)
WHIPPET: split the answer 4,3 to get what an owner shouldn’t do.
25a Dodge, perhaps, lech I’ve taken for a ride? (7)
VEHICLE: an anagram (taken for a ride – lovely) of LECH I’VE.
26a Pudding of stewed eel with a shortcrust (9,5)
CHARLOTTE RUSSE: anagram (stewed) of EEL and A SHORTCRUST.
1d Sense one female back in the embrace of another (7)
MEANING: one female forename contains the reversal of another.
2d Takeaway of osso buco — and punch? (7,8)
KNUCKLE SANDWICH: this could be the animal part used in osso buco wrapped conveniently as a takeaway snack. The answer is an informal term for a punch in the mouth.
3d Votes for studies to be read out (4)
AYES: sounds like studies or observes.
4d Get the better of Open University idiot (6)
OUTWIT: fix together the abbreviation for the Open University and an informal term for a silly person.
5d One’s informed maybe how to make taco? (8)
TURNCOAT: split the answer 4,4 to find out how to make taco.
6d Upbeat engineer: I’m stoic about pit renovation (10)
OPTIMISTIC: an anagram (engineer) of I’M STOIC contains a second anagram (renovation) of PIT.
7d Salad items with only 10% of them showing above the surface, apparently (7,8)
ICEBERG LETTUCES: rather obvious if you know what sort of floaters have 90% of their mass under water.
8d Condition of you and me after junk’s given up (6)
STATUS: a pronoun meaning you and me follows the reversal of a word for junk or shoddy stuff plus the ‘S.
13d Person that invades Milan, one with a spring in their step? (10)
INTERLOPER: knit together the name of one of Milan’s football teams and someone who walks with a spring or bound in their step.
16d Raised voice from call centre in loud argument (8)
FALSETTO: insert the central letters of ‘call’ between the abbreviation for loud and an argument (3-2).
17d Refuse to acknowledge one’s in the grip of depression (6)
DISOWN: insert the Roman numeral for one and the ‘S into a period of depression (which could be treated with 17a).
19d Topped-up Irish broadcaster put on both sides of long-player backwards swamped by echoes (7)
REPLETE: put the abbreviation for Ireland’s national broadcaster around the reversal of a long-playing record which is itself inside two occurrences of the letter for which echo is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
20d Bank of Seine, say between Paris and Troyes, principally evergreen (6)
PRIVET: the French word for a riverbank goes between the principal letters of Paris and Troyes.
23d Reluctant year off fish grill, tea and work, domestically (4)
CHAR: taking the abbreviation for year away from an adjective meaning reluctant or guarded gives us a word with four meanings. The surface doesn’t mean a great deal.
The tastiest clues for me today are 1a, 18a, 2d and 16d. Which one(s) whetted your appetite?