Toughie 2045

Toughie No 2045 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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Toughieland seems to be taking it easy (and the weather is certainly suitable) this week so far with today’s puzzle joining yesterday’s on the gentle step. For me this was less ‘tough’ than the back-pager. Thanks to Kcit.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.

Across Clues

1a Bereft over interrupting Icelandic MPs, taking a risk (3-2-7)
ALL-OR-NOTHING: insert an archaic adjective meaning bereft (normally seen these days preceded by ‘for’) and the cricket abbreviation for over into the anglicised name of Iceland’s parliament.

8a Type of popular music, variable and uncertain (5)
ROCKY: a type of popular music and a mathematical variable.

9a Small crew’s happening to find vessel (9)
STEAMSHIP: string together the abbreviation for small, another word for a crew, the ‘S and an informal adjective meaning happening or fashionable.

11a Police operations in Tyneside catching 50 youngsters (9)
NESTLINGS: sneaky police operations to catch criminals in Tyneside would be 2,6. Now insert the Roman numeral for 50.

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12a Bloom, dead-headed, is not so tall (5)
LOWER: remove the first letter from a bloom.

13a Woman’s article about cryptic clue of remarkable strength (9)
HERCULEAN: a female possessive adjective and an indefinite article contain an anagram (cryptic) of CLUE.

16a Produce I left around rear of farmhouse (in yard) (5)
YIELD: I and the abbreviation for left contain the rearmost letter of farmhouse and all that goes inside an abbreviation for yard.

18a Part of personality was dominant or was quiescent (5)
IDLED: a word used in psychoanalysis for part of one’s personality or mind followed by a verb meaning was dominant or ‘ran the show’.

19a Removing corruption from Conservative in Government initially? Inclines to get involved (9)
CLEANSING: draw together an abbreviation for Conservative, IN and the initial letter of Government then insert a verb meaning inclines or tilts.

20a Mostly put down gold furnishings (5)
DECOR: a verb to put down or floor (someone) without its last letter is followed by our usual tincture of gold.

22a Tannoy in station garbled first thing on menu (9)
ANTIPASTO: insert the abbreviation for a communication system (of which Tannoy is a trademarked type) into an anagram (garbled) of STATION.

25a Decaying and exhausted, swallowing food, getting energy (4-5)
WORM-EATEN: an adjective meaning exhausted or drained contains some food not suitable for Vegans and the abbreviation for energy.

26a Refuse to acknowledge stand-up’s opening with poor jokes (5)
SCORN: the opening letter of stand-up is followed by a word for hackneyed or unoriginal material.

27a Snow trip involved with rest? Hardly, where these are concerned (6,6)
WINTER SPORTS: an anagram (involved) of SNOW TRIP REST.

Down Clues

1d Lancaster somehow associated with ancient families? (9)
ANCESTRAL: an anagram (somehow) of LANCASTER.

2d True line of reigning family, overlooking first member (5)
LOYAL: the abbreviation for line and an adjective meaning ‘of reigning family’ without its first letter.

3d Son in control, producing stuff for violinist? (5)
RESIN: insert the abbreviation for son into a verb to control. According to my research the solid form of the answer used on violin bows is spelt with an O rather than an E.

4d I can be so upset with start of excessive reverence (9)
OBEISANCE: an anagram (upset) of I CAN BE SO is followed by the starting letter of excessive.

5d That fellow coming from part of SE Asia, avoiding mass of mountains (9)
HIMALAYAN: knit together a male pronoun (that fellow) and an adjective describing someone or something from a specific part of SE Asia without the abbreviation for mass.

6d Skill in audio? Definitely not (5)
NOHOW: this sounds like a word meaning practical skill but it’s actually an adverb used mainly in the USA to emphasise a negative.

7d Victory for St. Etienne, not quite relegated — lot of light shed here (6,6)
FRENCH WINDOW: a victory for St. Etienne could be described as a victory for the relevant nation (6,3). Now add an adverb meaning relegated without its final letter. I can never see the answer without thinking of Gerard Hoffnung:

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10d Place to display artist in flat, with ecstasy in powdered form (6,6)
PARADE GROUND: insert our usual recognised artist into an informal word for a flat or apartment then add the abbreviation for Ecstasy and a past participle meaning ‘in powdered form’.

14d Experienced a Parisian river (9)
UNDERWENT: bolt together a French indefinite article and the name of a river (of which there are several in the UK with the most well-known being, probably, in the Peak District).

15d Bewitching performer to come on stage, keeping song short (9)
ENCHANTER: a verb to come on stage (as an actor) contains all but the last letter of the sort of song favoured by monks.

17d Fail to hit one in a very long time? They get put out (9)
EMISSIONS: a verb meaning fail to hit and the Roman numeral for one go inside a plural word meaning ages and ages.

21d Additional item missing from military group: US soldier’s dog (5)
CORGI: start with a military group, remove the last two letters which signal that there’s more to come at the end of a letter and add the abbreviation for a US grunt.

23d Not moving fast? (3-2)
TON-UP: if you interpret the answer cryptically it should lead you to ‘not’.

24d Hearts not in increasingly exclusive problem (5)
POSER: remove the cards abbreviation for Hearts from a comparative meaning increasingly exclusive or up-market.

Nothing stood out for me today. Do let us know which clue(s) took your fancy?

12 responses to “Toughie 2045

  1. As Gazza says, definitely on the gentle side; although, I have no idea of solving time because of a supper break – I think it is probably slightly tougher than yesterday.

    Candidates for favourite – 19a, 25a, and 5d – and the winner is 25a.

    Thanks to Kcit and Gazza.

  2. Had to consult Mr G about the Icelandic MPs – what a bizarre word in its anglicised form!
    No problems other than being slow to get 6&23d. The latter gets my vote for favourite, a penny drop moment.

    Thanks to Kcit and to Gazza – nice to be reminded of the brilliant 11a film and the marvellous address to the Oxford Union!

  3. If it wasn’t for 1a, I would agree this was a ‘wrong envelope’ day. I grudgingly accept that the odd (short) French word can slip into a clue, and on rare occasions German/Italian/Spanish, but Icelandic? That’s pushing it a bit too far, isn’t it?

    Manny thanks to Kcit and Gazza.

    • I knew the Icelandic parliament (though I wasn’t sure about the spelling) – Althing – means old thing or old assembly. Other Scandinavian countries have similar sounding parliaments – Norway’s is Storting (great assembly) and Denmark’s is Folketing (people’s assembly).

  4. That was just right for a hot Wednesday afternoon during the World Cup, not as exciting as the matches but enjoyable no quibbles. Thanks to Gazza & Kcit

  5. Parsing 1a was the biggest hold-up. We had a vague memory that there was a strange name for it so a bit of investigation was needed.
    Thanks Kcit and Gazza.

  6. The mix of clues made this crossword very pleasant for me.
    Learned a new word in 26’s wordplay.
    Smooth and meaningful surface added to the enjoyment.
    Thanks to Kcit and to Gazza.

  7. I let Gazza confirm 1a’s building blocks for me, but otherwise was happy to have another relative breeze. (Just not one that would blow off my sun hat!)

    It’s too hot to have hot favourites. Would prefer some 28a … by which I mean, of course, only the après ski.

    Thanks to Kcit and Gazza.

  8. No major problems today, except those of my own making. For example trying to make up a plural for emissary that couldn’t possibly fit 17d. I’m nothing if not persistent. Last in 26ac that I wanted to be SPURN, but of course wasn’t.

  9. Not too taxing – which was nice to solve on a very hot day in my part of Shropshire. I’ll agree with Gazza’s synopsis in that no particular clue stood out although I did shoot myself in the foot by putting an ‘s’ on the end of 5d. That made 19a particularly difficult to solve until the penny dropped. Note to self – read the clue D’oh!

    Thanks to Mr H for the puzzle and to Gazza for his review.

  10. I think too easy really. Yes it’s hot and sticky here, but even so I feel I might have survived something more than a Floughie. Nothing standing out today.

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