Toughie No 2129 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****
A very warm welcome to the ranks of Toughie setters to our very own Silvanus – I’m sure that this puzzle will be the first of many. He’s given us a very enjoyable puzzle – not too tricky though I did need to check out the dietary craving.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Prepare for new demands, possibly, from outfit in revolt (4,2)
GEAR UP: charade of an outfit or clothing and an adverb meaning ‘in revolt’.
4a Queen perhaps touring hospital to present TV programme (4,4)
CHAT SHOW: an animal that could be a queen surrounds the abbreviation for hospital – that’s followed by a verb to present or display.
9a Nothing makes clear they’re the ideal shape for 14 (6)
OVOIDS: stick together the letter that resembles nothing and a verb meaning makes clear or clears out.
10a Mull over refurbishment of planetarium; oddly, pillar needs removing (8)
RUMINATE: remove the odd letters of pillar from [pla]NETARIUM and make an anagram (refurbishment) of what you have left.
12a Time of year pilot’s reported close to depression? (8)
NOVEMBER: the codeword a pilot would use to convey the last letter of depression over the air.
13a Impressed by vehicle on sale originally (6)
STRUCK: a goods vehicle follows the original letter of sale.
15a Worried girls to phone head examiner (12)
PHRENOLOGIST: an anagram (worried) of GIRLS TO PHONE.
18a Handle visitors for American repertory theatre players (5,7)
STOCK COMPANY: weld together a synonym for a handle or grip and a word for visitors or guests.
21a Ban over cinema classification Disney rejected (6)
OUTLAW: string together the cricket abbreviation for over, a film classification and the reversal of Mr Disney’s forename.
22a Increases turn-out, securing run that’s against current trend (8)
UPSTREAM: bring together a verb meaning increases and the side turning out for a sporting fixture containing the cricket abbreviation for run. Chambers has turnout unhyphenated.
24a End of semester in the States? (8)
TERMINUS: assemble another word for semester, IN and an abbreviation for the States.
25a Spook is methodically accepting fate (6)
KISMET: hidden in the clue.
26a Carried off, I’ve terrible piercing pain before introduction of drugs (8)
ACHIEVED: insert an anagram (terrible) of I’VE into a pain and finish with the introductory letter of drugs.
27a Information Bill welcomes, year after operation (6)
AGENCY: a bit of Yoda-speak – an informal word for information is contained inside an abbreviation for a bill or invoice. After that we need the abbreviation for year.
1d Wine occasionally squandered amongst parties for adults (5-3)
GROWN-UPS: insert the odd letters of wine into parties or bands.
2d Cosmetic ingredient, mostly common and always kept in identical articles (4,4)
ALOE VERA: insert an adjective meaning common or inferior without its last letter and a synonym for always between identical indefinite articles.
3d Trains devout men somehow to become emotionless (15)
UNDEMONSTRATIVE: an anagram (somehow) of TRAINS DEVOUT MEN.
5d Take That sulk when covers go unnoticed (4)
HAUL: remove the outer letters of ‘that’ and ‘sulk’.
6d Indistinct score given by tennis umpire maybe, one approaching middle-age (15)
THIRTYSOMETHING: split 6,9 this could be the current score being given by a tennis umpire when you can’t quite make out the second word.
7d Break chair Arthur so regularly favoured (6)
HIATUS: regular letters selected from ‘chair Arthur so’.
8d King’s broadcast in ruins (6)
WRECKS: a homophone of the Latin word for king.
11d Copy note left to stop unnatural dietary craving (7)
REPLICA: start with a note from tonic sol-fa then insert the abbreviation for left into a word meaning unnatural dietary craving (not a word I knew).
14d Daunting ultimately during, say, sporting competitions to find holders present at breakfast (7)
EGGCUPS: insert the ultimate letter of daunting into an abbreviation meaning ‘say’ and add a word for sporting competitions where the winners get a trophy.
16d Daughter of rural Yorkshire chap taken out by southern commercial traveller (8)
SALESMAN: start with a chap from Wharfedale or Wensleydale, say, and replace the abbreviation for daughter with that for southern.
17d Beauty of form that Otto displays (8)
SYMMETRY: … because Otto is a palindrome.
19d Shakespearean role left main characters at heart upset (6)
PORTIA: what’s left on a ship followed by the reversal of the middle letters of main.
20d Stiffener leads to teacher appearing relaxed inside school (6)
STARCH: insert the leading letters of ‘teacher appearing relaxed’ into the abbreviation for school.
23d ‘Apprentice’ candidate at last represents solid choice for Sugar (4)
CUBE: join together an apprentice or rookie and the last letter of candidate.
I have ticks against 12a, 15a, 8d and 16d but my favourite clue is 6d. Do let us know which one(s) you’d list.