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.
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UPDATE: the abbreviation for a mobile device (now largely superseded by smartphones) goes inside the abbreviation for a truck or pickup in the Antipodes.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.
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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.
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.