Toughie No 2089 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment **
Today we have a solid though not terribly sparkling puzzle with plenty of ways in but a few clues where (for me at any rate) assistance had to be sought from Mr Google and Mr B R Book to verify that what the wordplay was suggesting was indeed known. Thanks to Donnybrook.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Pedant and stoic clash violently (10)
SCHOLASTIC: an anagram (violently) of STOIC CLASH gives us a word (a noun in this case) for a pedantic teacher.
6a Sword cutting more flesh from this? (4)
CLAY: remove ‘more’ from a Scottish sword to leave a literary word for the human body.
8a Stop and arrest when finding missionary (8)
BARNABAS: string together a verb to stop or prevent, an informal verb to arrest and a synonym for ‘when’. This chap was apparently an early Christian missionary.
9a Lesser gorgons holding back another fierce woman (6)
OGRESS: hidden in reverse.
10a Ruled out old notion about daughter having died (8)
EXCLUDED: throw together a prefix meaning old, a notion or inkling containing the abbreviation for daughter and, finally, the genealogical abbreviation for died.
11a Given life, losing heart after temporary release rejected (6)
LIABLE: the word ‘life’ without its middle follows the reversal of a temporary release from custody.
12a Cold beer first — one Guinness so handled (4)
ALEC: the abbreviation for cold is preceded by another word for beer.
14a Man abroad grabbing at politician (7)
SENATOR: a Spanish man contains AT.
18a Shake from second-hand milk dispenser (7)
SHUDDER: charade of the abbreviation for second-hand and an organic milk dispenser.
20a Swan for one and others finding peace (4)
REST: triple definition. The swan is an implement used by snooker players (although Chambers doesn’t recognise it).
23a Prospect with men vacating isthmus (6)
PANAMA: remove the abbreviation for rank-and-file soldiers from a prospect or vista.
24a Deny Blunt’s smuggled dope from the East (8)
ABNEGATE: a transitive verb to blunt or tone down contains the reversal of an informal word for dope or information.
25a British couple from Rome hiding kilo in costume (6)
BIKINI: an abbreviation for British and the Roman numeral for two contain the abbreviation for kilo and IN.
26a Kid held by inspector put away for attack (8)
DIATRIBE: a verb to kid or tease goes inside the abbreviation for a police inspector and a verb meaning put away or consumed.
27a Sulphur removed from Salisbury plant (4)
ARUM: start with the old name for Salisbury and remove the chemical symbol for sulphur (or sulfur as we’re supposed to spell it now).
28a Country seen in alternative light after month (10)
MOTHERLAND: it took me a long time to get this as I was looking for a specific country. Knit together the single-letter abbreviation for month, an adjective meaning alternative or contrasting and a verb to light or alight.
1d Lower class corruptly use bungs (8)
SUBGENUS: an anagram (corruptly) of USE BUNGS.
2d Frost not a great poet (6)
HORACE: remove the A from a word for a white frost and append an informal adjective meaning great or superb.
3d French article put forward case: right to leave union (6)
LEAGUE: a French definite article and a verb to put forward or contend without the abbreviation for right.
4d Free programs run, brought in encrypted as we hear (9)
SHAREWARE: how many of you were fooled (as I was) into assuming that ‘as we hear’ was signalling a homophone? What we actually need is an anagram (encrypted) of AS WE HEAR containing the abbreviation for a run in cricket.
5d Tomb about to be seen by Pound coming into city church (8)
CROMLECH: this is a Welsh word for a tomb or prehistoric stone circle (not a word I knew). Start with an abbreviation for about or approximately, add a European city containing the abbreviation for a pound sterling and finish with an abbreviation for church. The tomb may have been obscure but the setter has been kind in giving us five out of eight checking letters.
6d Supporting female scientist crossing river from the south (8)
CARYATID: the surname of an English theoretical physicist (something else I didn’t know) contains the name of a Scottish river and that all gets reversed.
7d Soul beat wild and perfect (8)
ABSOLUTE: an anagram (wild) of SOUL BEAT.
13d Found pleasure going topless — mad to turn up inside (9)
ESTABLISH: a synonym of pleasure or delight without its first letter contains the reversal of an informal 4-letter word meaning mad or bonkers.
15d Tree forced flat to sprawl among scattered pears (8)
ESPALIER: insert a verb to sprawl or recline inside an anagram (scattered) of PEARS.
16d Location of underwater activity miles after sign for docking (8)
AQUARIUM: one of the signs of the zodiac without its last letter has the abbreviation for miles added.
17d Being church musician, mass preferred to last piece (8)
ORGANISM: a church musician with his or her last letter replaced by the abbreviation for mass in physics.
19d So-called priest has to tear round all the time (8)
REVEREND: a verb to tear contains an adverb meaning ‘at all times’.
21d Recovered gambler? (6)
BETTER: double definition, the first meaning ‘restored to health’.
22d Sea advanced to claim river and harbour (6)
MARINA: a literary word for sea and the abbreviation for advanced contain the abbreviation for river.
My favourite clue was 18a with its clever surface. Do let us know which one(s) did it for you.