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Toughie 2105

Toughie No 2105 by Kcit

Hints and tips by Gazza

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

We have a fairly standard puzzle today with a generous helping of anagrams. Thanks to Kcit.

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

Across Clues

8a Negligée half-open, lingerie uncovered, possibly (8)
PEIGNOIR: an anagram (possibly) of OP[en] and the inner letters of [l]INGERI[e].

9a Past question posed in Old English is unclear (6)
OPAQUE: abbreviations for past (it’s in the BRB though I don’t know in what context it’s used) and question go inside the abbreviation for Old English.

10a Lament dropping second vase (3)
URN: start with a verb to lament or grieve and drop the 2-letter abbreviation for a second or short period of time.

11a Father, getting cut, acted rashly (8)
PANICKED: stitch together an affectionate term for father and a past participle meaning cut or scratched.

12a Put new software on mobile device in truck (6)
UPDATE: the abbreviation for a mobile device (now largely superseded by smartphones) goes inside the abbreviation for a truck or pickup in the Antipodes.

13a Like savage warrior in bad dream as experienced by nippers? (5,2,3,5)
ARMED TO THE TEETH: an anagram (bad) of DREAM is followed by a phrase (2,3,5) meaning ‘as experienced by nippers’ or ‘from the viewpoint of biters’.

15a Fail to appear for an informal event (7)
SCRATCH: double definition, the first meaning to withdraw from a competition. The second describes an improvised or casual event. I’m not keen on this because the second meaning is adjectival and not, as the clue requires, a noun.

18a Second glass not filled? That’s a slip (7)
STUMBLE: the abbreviation for second followed by a type of glass without its last letter. I like ‘not filled’ to mean incomplete.

21a What allows some air into a dramatic stand-off? (10,5)
INCIDENTAL MUSIC: There’s no wordplay here as far as I can see (unless you know better!) so I’m taking this to be a cryptic definition of what’s heard on the soundtrack during a conflict situation in a film.

ARVE Error: need id and provider

24a Nested containers requiring filling? (6)
VACANT: insert a metal container into a large tank.

25a Emotional piece audibly criticises leaderless group (8)
RHAPSODY: join together what sounds like a verb meaning criticises and a group or association without its leading letter.

26a What newspapers rely on: scandal seeing religious figure ousted (3)
INK: start with a scandal or furore and remove the 2-letter abbreviation for a revered religious figure.

27a Likely to leak old Russian’s first work about America (6)
POROUS: string together the abbreviation for old, the first letter of Russian and our usual abbreviated work. Now reverse all that and add an abbreviation for America.

28a Edit one does after climax of novel — to resolve this? (5,3)
LOOSE END: a semi-all-in-one – append an anagram (edit) of ONE DOES to the last letter of novel.

Down Clues

1d Restore theatre publicity (6)
REPAIR: a charade of the abbreviation for a theatre putting on a selection of plays and a synonym for publicity or exposure.

2d Coal not needing starter to burn (6)
IGNITE: a type of brownish coal without its starting letter.

3d Broadcast of cricket test is on, clever clogs (6,9)
ROCKET SCIENTIST: an anagram (broadcast) of CRICKET TEST IS ON.

4d Sailors’ song overheard — coarse stuff (7)
CRUDITY: this sounds like a simple song performed by sailors (4,5).

5d Stone worker‘s design of sun and moon interrupted by intellectual old woman (10,5)
MONUMENTAL MASON: an anagram (design) of SUN and MOON contains an adjective meaning intellectual or cerebral and an affectionate word for one’s old woman.

6d Ready with treatment, coming in to block imaginary abstraction (8)
DAYDREAM: insert an anagram (with treatment) of READY into a verb to block or obstruct.

7d Running about last no source of achievement? It’s not everything (8)
SUBTOTAL: an anagram (running) of ABOUT L[a]ST without the first letter of achievement. Four anagrams in five clues seems somewhat excessive.

14d South-eastern resort dismissing crowd damage (3)
MAR: a seaside resort in Kent loses the word for the size of the crowd at a sports event.

16d Cracked up about new acceptable flavouring (8)
CINNAMON: reverse an adjective meaning cracked or deranged containing the abbreviation for new then append an adverb meaning acceptable or adequate.

17d Who’ll produce moving art in a mo? (8)
ANIMATOR: a semi-all-in-one using an anagram (moving) of ART IN A MO.

19d Supposedly vital measurement that’s incomplete for vehicle (3)
BUS: the first of the three constituents which made up a young lady’s vital measurements in the past without its last letter.

20d Box left in a mess? Utterly (7)
STARKLY: insert a box or chest and the abbreviation for left into a messy place.

22d Province seeing governor not initially going round street (6)
ULSTER: a governor without his or her initial letter contains the abbreviation for street.

23d l? I’d turned up amongst singles (6)
IODINE: the reversal of I’D goes inside two different ways of writing single.

The clues I ticked today were 24a, 17d and 23d. Do let us know which one(s) had you uncapping your pen.

23 comments on “Toughie 2105

  1. This was at just the right level of difficulty for me for a Toughie and very enjoyable.

    I’m not particularly keen on pa = past in 9a (even though as Gazza says it’s in the BRB), and I’m not sure why on means acceptable in 16d.

    I too thought that 21a was simply a cryptic definition and 23d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Kcit and to Gazza.

      1. Thanks, Gazza. I can see that “not on” means “not acceptable” but I don’t think that necessarily leads to “on” meaning “acceptable” as it’s not a mathematical equation, but perhaps it’s OK for crosswords?

        1. I note that ‘not on’ in the (incredibly annoying) is equated to ‘unacceptable’ rather than ‘not acceptable’, which would back Rabbit Dave. Personally, I might use ‘is that really on’ and so that would back Gazza. In crosswords, I am sure I have seen that definition before, and I confess that today it didn’t raise an eyebrow for me.

 I find annoying because it defines by example phrases, rather than by synonymy.

  2. The sort of crossword I’d expect if Kcit’s name was at the top of the newspaper version of the Toughie

    Thanks to him and Gazza – 23d was my favourite too

  3. Not my sort of puzzle for style, but I still think it was very well-made. However, as if to contradict myself entirely I particularly liked the ‘nested containers’ idea!

    Many thanks Kcit for that lovely thought, a fine puzzle, and Gazza’s incisive blog.

  4. I agree with most of the thoughts expressed on the blog so far though I am not sure I would make 23d as my favourite as disguising iodine with the use of I in a clue has now become a bit of an old chestnut.

    I did think the ‘nested containers’ was an excellent device.

    Possibly not my favourite puzzle of his but I do look forward to his offerings here and always look forward to Phidays in the Indy.

    Many thanks to him and of course Gazza for the analysis.

  5. Enjoyed that, although some tricky parsing at times, but following the golden rule of not ‘bunging in’ there weren’t any disasters. 21a was a bit of a mystery for a time.
    Thanks to both setter and blogger.

  6. I usually find all of Kcit’s clues very satisfying but have to admit to a few grumbles today.
    Apart from the ‘PA’ already mentioned by others, I didn’t like air = publicity (publicise is surely nearer the mark?), the informal event or the definition of 21a.

    Ah well, plenty left to enjoy from which I chose 24a & 4d as my top two of the day.

    Thanks to Kcit and to Gazza for the blog – liked the badass miracle worker!

        1. It’s the seventh comment but three of those are responses to other comments so it’s numbered 4 on my PC.

    1. There is a problem somewhere, but I’m almost certain that its isn’t with the blog. If I access through Firefox it runs absolutely perfectly. When I access via Google, I have problems on all the three devices I use. My Samsung smart phone goes straight to the previous day’s puzzles and blogs, my pc does similar, but when I press refresh it does the usual 5 second check and then brings up the current day’s information. My Samsung tablet shows nothing newer than October 8th. I then key in the current day’s DT number and hey presto the blog appears.No intrusive pop-up adverts though.
      Loved this Toughie and the back page cryptic – thought I’d get that in while I’m able to. Thanks to setters and blog meisters alike. :-)

      1. Browsers are increasingly using cache to “speed up” page display, but many of them seem incapable of detecting that the page has changed.

        1. I have used Google Chrome to access “bigdave44” for years without any problems.

          But since last Saturday’s site problems, Chrome seems to be using the cache rather than the latest version.


  7. This was a tale of two puzzles for me. With the exception of 21a, I got the left hand side in its entirety, but virtually nothing in the right side. In the right hand side I did not help myself by confidently entering HIP for 19d (A vital measurement – in the spirit of the ‘real’ answer, and [s]HIP being the incomplete vehicle.) I also had 9a correctly penciled in, but wasn’t confident with the ‘past’ portion of the wordplay. There is really no reason for my not getting the others, but I came away feeling that I should have enjoyed this more, and been more successful, than I did.

  8. I may be wrong about 3d but they are not rocket scientists. They are Rocket engineers. Either way it will never leave the ground

  9. Haven’t done the puzzle, just having a curious read. For 15a, it’s better if you include the ‘for’ in the second half, but I take the solution to refer to an informal team, rather than event.

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