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Toughie 2062

Toughie No 2062 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Bufo

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BD Rating – Difficulty */**Enjoyment ***

What a difference a week makes! Last Thursday it was a marathon over rough terrain, today it’s the gentlest of strolls in the park

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1a    Moving around on and off, nine a bed, sadly due, we hear, to be homeless (2,2,5,5)
OF NO FIXED ABODE: An anagram (moving around) of ON OFF + the Roman numeral for 9 + an anagram (sadly) of A BED + a homophone of ‘due’ = having no regular or habitual address

9a    Attention given to story initially reported on a previous date (7)
EARLIER: Attention + a story or untruth + the first letter of REPORTED

10a    Soldier with head cut threatened merchant in drama (7)
ANTONIO: A soldier (insect) + a slang term for the head with the last letter removed = the name of the Merchant of Venice

11a    Victorian bounder’s capacity to dodge getting married (3)
ROO: Here Victoria is the Australian state. Remove M (married) from ‘capacity’

12a    Stuff of transfusion: A&E doctor encountering clot in hospital at first (11)
HAEMOGLOBIN: The red pigment in blood = H (hospital) + A + E + an abbreviation denoting a doctor + a mass of soft matter + IN

14a    Curate finally overcome, missing first religious festival (6)
EASTER: The last letter of CURATE + ‘to overcome {master)’ with the first letter removed

15a    Mostly cured, suppressing endless fever, revealing some pain? (8)
BAGUETTE: ‘Cured’ with the last letter removed goes round a fever with the last letter removed to give a long narrow French loaf (‘pain’ is the French word for ‘bread’)

17a    What’ll hold sparrow? Offer tree around river (4-4)
BIRD-LIME: A sticky substance put on tree branches to catch creatures such as sparrows = an offer and either the linden tree or a citrus tree round R (river) [The answer is also Cockney rhyming slang for a term of imprisonment.  BD]

19a    Gather film of Broads to be distributed (6)
ADSORB: An anagram (to be distributed) of BROADS

22a    Note Saturn misrepresented right here? (7,4)
NEUTRON STAR: An anagram (misrepresented) of NOTE SATURN + R (right) = a heavenly body of very small size and very large density. I don’t really see how the definition works

23a    Unwell? Fine to avoid everything one can eat (3)
ILL: Remove F (ine) from all you can eat

24a    I had expression of surprise over a Northern US resident (7)
IDAHOAN: ‘I had’ + an expression of surprise + O (over) + A + N (Northern)

26a    Soak with water to prepare for different function (7)
RETRAIN: ‘To soak’ + water that falls from the sky

27a    Old soccer star facing girlfriend? Perfectly fine till now! (4-6,4)
BEST-BEFORE DATE: The surname of a famous footballer from Northern Ireland + ‘facing’ + a girlfriend possibly


1d    Machine offering some risk exciting to braindead men (3-5,6)
ONE-ARMED BANDIT: A fruit machine is an anagram (exciting) of TO BRAINDEAD MEN

2d    Treatment of our veins neglecting one of psychiatric symptoms (7)
NERVOUS: An anagram (treatment of) OURVENS, i.e. OUR VEINS minus I (one)

3d    Layer-on of hands hath a relief brought about (5,6)
FAITH HEALER: An anagram (brought about) of HATH A RELIEF

4d    Ruler overthrowing Congress and King (6)
XERXES: A king of Persia in ancient times is a reversal of ‘congress’ and ‘king’

5d    Past name engraved in clock face across the square (8)
DIAGONAL: ‘Past’ and N (name) inside a clock face = from one corner of a square to the opposite corner

6d    Cricketer, wretched youngster, missing out on runs (3)
BAT: Remove R (runs) from a wretched or badly behaved child. I suppose the youngster could be Master Simpson

7d    Understand answer before inserting noun, fool (7)
DINGBAT: ‘To understand’ and the answer to the previous clue round N (noun)

8d    Make up for the grocery scales? (14)
COUNTERBALANCE: The surface over which goods are sold in a shop + a set of scales

13d    Location of washers below vents evenly put in recently (11)
LAUNDERETTE: Where washing machines are found = ‘below’ and the even-positioned letters of VENTS inside ‘recently’

16d    Boss wanting change after power goes around pit (8)
EMINENCE: Change (small amounts of money) with the letter P (pence) removed goes round a coal pit

18d    Fermented ale and dour roll (7)
ROULADE: An anagram (fermented) of ALE DOUR

20d    Old family abroad, wasting year in Japanese island (7)
OKINAWA: O (old) + family + ‘abroad’ with the letter Y (year) removed

21d    Record-player control shifting one end of piece and start of other (6)
STEREO: ‘To control’ with the letter E (last letter of PIECE) moved to the end + O (first letter of OTHER)

25d    Unconscious, having head swiped in fight (3)
OUT: Remove the first letter (head) from a contest in boxing or wrestling

By no means a Toughie

17 comments on “Toughie 2062

  1. My solve of this crossword was interrupted several times so perhaps that’s why I didn’t find it quite the walk in the park that Bufo did.

    I particuarly liked the &lit-ish ness of 1d and the splendid misleading d’oh moment inducing 15a

    Thanks to Kcit for the crossword and Bufo for the explanations

  2. OK – so it wasn’t that tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
    I still had to look up 22a and don’t recall coming across the ‘soak’ in 26a before – doubtless someone could tell me that I have!

    Podium places awarded to 15&27a plus 1&8d.

    Many thanks to Kcit for a pleasurable solve and to Bufo for the blog.

  3. Agree Cryptic Sue (not for the first time, I note!).

    I was expecting to be thrown around as I was last time by Kcit, but not the case as Bufo rightly says. Very enjoyable in any case, if rather (more) easy. Perhaps the heat has got to the setter?

    Thank you both.

  4. I was pleasantly surprised to find this on the gentler side of Kcit’s spectrum, and a very enjoyable solve. The longer clues on the outside went in relatively easily which was a great help. Like Jane, there were one or two things I had to look up but there were no real hold ups. My last in, and favourite, was 15a – so clever once I had coped with the pain! Many thanks to Kcit and Bufo. (p.s. I think I may take tomorrow off!)

  5. Hardly “the gentlest of strolls” experienced by some but enjoyable all the same although it took me some time to get on the right wavelength. 3*/3* for me

  6. And there I was feeling very smug having finished this quite briskly. But yes, not the toughest Toughie. Good fun though as always.

  7. I found this very straightforward but then I did it after today’s Times which certainly sorted out the (very few) men from the boys!

  8. Ditto to CS and Miffypops .
    27 a was a similar Doh moment but the penny dropped much more quickly .
    Thanks to Kcit and Bufo .

  9. Definitely too hot for a walk in the park, but an enjoyable way to spend time in the garden this afternoon.

    Needed help to understand the parsing of 4d, 7d and 21d, so thanks to Bufo for that!

    Favourite by far was 15a.

  10. The two that held us up at the end were 15a and 7d. With the latter it took ages to realise that it was referring to the previous answer. The four long perimeter answers yielded without too much of a fight, giving plenty of checkers to work with. A pleasure to solve.
    Thanks Kcit and Bufo.

  11. Perhaps ** I think. But for Thursday??
    15a – DUH!
    17a – not heard if it.
    21d ” one ” superfluous
    I think we’re going to get a stinker tomorrow – +’not just the weather!
    Thanks Kcit and Bufo

    1. Hi Mark,
      21d The ‘one’ is there to tell the solver that only one ‘end of piec(E)’ is to be moved, the other ‘E’ remains exactly where it was in the word ‘steer’.

  12. About middling difficulty I thought, with an initial gallop to the north and west slowing to a gentle amble. Last in 21d and 27ac.

  13. It’s amazing how often I get stuck on one or two clues, put the paper down beside the bed and in the morning when I awake I am usually able to complete them easily. Have I been working them out in my sleep? Stupidly I had to hit the click button for 27a. I don’t do football. Thanks for your help.

    1. There was a piece in the Telegraph several years ago explaining this phenomenon but I can’t recall the explanation. Does anyone remember it?

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