Toughie No 2077 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****/*****
I do feel privileged to be able to blog another example of the late Mr Pidgeon’s massive legacy. This one has several of his trademark ‘off the wall’ clues and the whole thing is immensely enjoyable.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Forget beans turning mouldy in Hungarian dish (4,10)
BEEF STROGANOFF: an anagram (turning) of FORGET BEANS followed by an adjective meaning mouldy or rotten.
9a Devise new layout for tamer novel (8)
REFORMAT: an anagram (novel) of FOR TAMER.
10a Sample of non-inflammable reversible silk fabric (5)
NINON: this silk dress fabric (new to me) is hidden in reverse in the clue.
12a Sorry trail’s end has been lost, backtracking (4)
OOPS: reverse the trail of an animal without its last letter.
13a Simultaneously going my way? (2,8)
IN PARALLEL: I think this is a double definition with the first meaning ‘at the same time’ and the second ‘proceeding alongside’.
15a One gets power from these rabbit items on the menu (3,5)
GAS MAINS: stick together a verb to rabbit and courses which are neither starters nor sweets.
16a One is writer with odd feet (6)
IAMBIC: split the answer 1,2,3 and one could be claiming to be a specific make of pen.
18a Tidies formal afterthought (6)
PRIMPS: charade of an adjective meaning formal or strait-laced and the abbreviation for an afterthought or late addition.
20a Stan grabs Ollie carelessly losing back-end of pantomime horse (8)
STALLION: Stan contains an anagram (carelessly) of OLLI[e] without the final letter of pantomime.
23a Cries: ‘Supply food!’ Sausages or ice cream perhaps to be delivered (10)
CATERWAULS: a verb to supply food is followed by what sounds like (to be delivered) a make of sausages or ice-cream (from two different companies with the same name).
24a What can be regularly spotted among buffoons? (4)
UFOS: a semi-all-in-one – select regular letters from ‘buffoons’.
26a Yum, a mighty absorbing tastebud tickler (5)
UMAMI: hidden in the clue.
27a What Cliff could shout out in each of six decades — it’s a record (3,5)
EYE CHART: this sounds like what the recently enriched (at our expense) Mr Richard could boast in each of six decades. I’m not sure how the answer is a record but it is a list.
28a Differentiate between scallion and shallot to show familiarity with the subject (4,4,6)
KNOW ONE’S ONIONS: literally this could mean to be able to differentiate between the items mentioned. I have corrected the enumeration which is wrong on the on-line site.
2d Old, old bottles, in other words lacking spares (7)
EXEMPTS: a prefix meaning old is followed by bottles minus their contents and also minus the abbreviation meaning ‘in other words’.
3d Check filling for pesto panini (4)
4d Contemplative being in a field? (8)
RUMINANT: double definition, the second being an animal such as a cow or sheep.
5d Baffled actor Wayne becomes batty here (6)
GOTHAM: Wayne is Bruce (not John, which was my initial thought) and the answer is where he becomes ‘batty’ (LOL). Fuse together a verb used informally to mean baffled or stumped and a second-rate actor.
6d Order ban on latex to be unlevied (3-7)
NON-TAXABLE: an anagram (order) of BAN ON LATEX.
7d Cool card representing devotional organisation (3,4)
FAN CLUB: bring together a verb to cool and one of thirteen cards in a pack.
8d Religion is manacling misbehaving (11)
ANGLICANISM: an anagram (misbehaving) of IS MANACLING.
11d Avoid lift in American truck (5,4-2)
DODGE PICK-UP: charade of a verb to avoid and a phrasal verb (4,2) to lift.
14d Flimsy scenery, reportedly, for profitable screening? (3-3-4)
PAY-PER-VIEW: what sounds like a flimsy is followed by a synonym of scenery or vista.
17d Wrongdoers chatter on board (8)
STALKERS: chatter here is a noun so we want someone who chatters inside the usual abbreviation for ship.
19d Split where 19th-century humor can be found (2,5)
IN TWAIN: the spelling of humor is Petitjean’s hint as to the nationality of the author where said humor can be found.
21d Arrive at not so hot spot (7)
INFERNO: solder together a verb to arrive at or surmise and a response meaning ‘not so’.
22d Stuff consumed in all quarters but west (6)
SATEEN: put a verb meaning consumed inside three cardinal points.
25d Pal wanting a bit of a jaw (4)
CHIN: the Cockney rhyming slang for a pal without its A.
There are many clues I could have ‘liked’ but I’ll go for 15a, 24a, 2d, 7d and 19d. My favourite, however, has to be the delightful 5d. Do let us know which one(s) earned your admiration.