Toughie No 2133 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today we have a pangram from Giovanni that’s not too tricky and doesn’t have too many religious obscurities.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a You and I holding means of access had to sit outside, vigilant (4-4)
HAWK-EYED: a pronoun meaning ‘you and I’ holds a means of access with HAD sitting around the outside.
5a Removes final note to seal fate (6)
PLUCKS: the final note in a letter, say, contains a synonym for fate.
9a Story by European, not right for loyal servant? (8)
LIEGEMAN: bring together a fictitious story and a European citizen without the abbreviation for right.
10a Crime by Conservative Unionist of a former era (6)
CARSON: a crime follows the single-letter abbreviation for Conservative to get a politician associated with the establishment of Northern Ireland. Judging purely from his pictures he doesn’t look like a barrel of laughs.
12a Work by a bad guy going the wrong way from the beginning (2,4)
DA CAPO: this is a musical term meaning ‘from the beginning’ (it’s in BD’s Mine). String together the usual short work, A and a bad guy or bounder then reverse it all.
13a Cut grass, straw-coloured in the middle (8)
REBUFFED: a type of grass contains an adjective meaning straw-coloured or yellowish-beige.
15a Stone I collected is more uneven (7)
JAGGIER: the name of a Stone contains I.
16a Destroy party, having got elected (2,2)
DO IN: charade of a social party and an adverb meaning elected.
20a Group of top people coming back in pick-ups (4)
UTES: stick together a synonym of group and a letter meaning ‘of top people’ or posh and reverse it all.
21a Don’t stop listening to the fellow facing a defeat (4,3)
HEAR OUT: weld together a masculine pronoun (the fellow), A and a decisive defeat.
25a Jeer is followed by enthusiasm when crossing island least dry (8)
BOOZIEST: a jeer or shout of disapproval is followed by a word for enthusiasm or gusto containing an abbreviation for island.
26a Cleric returning to study US city (6)
DENVER: reverse the abbreviation for a cleric after a study or lair.
28a Son, cheeky and untrustworthy (6)
SLIPPY: the abbreviation for son and an informal adjective meaning cheeky.
29a Man of grand designs — mug with method (8)
STEINWAY: concatenate a large beer mug and a synonym for method to get a man who designed ‘grands’.
30a Wriggle or deny that (6)
YONDER: an anagram (wriggle) of OR DENY.
31a Hurried as ship filled with water? (8)
SCUTTLED: double definition, the second describing a ship that’s been deliberately sunk by someone on board.
1d Chemical to make one healthy, restricting infectious diseases (6)
HALIDE: an adjective meaning healthy contains the abbreviation for infectious diseases.
2d Something adjustable architect placed on top of church (6)
WRENCH: the name of a famous old architect precedes one of the abbreviations for church.
3d Model of old crusader heading off (8)
EXEMPLAR: a prefix meaning old and a member of a Catholic military order (which played a prominent part in the crusades) without his initial letter.
4d Dash made by wild animal, having lost tail (4)
ELAN: an African wild animal without its last letter.
6d Group seen in the distance (6)
LEAGUE: double definition, the second a measure of distance (the distance itself being somewhat variable and originally defined as how far a man could walk in about an hour).
7d Spooner’s quick runner in a matter of financial concern (4,4)
CASH FLOW: Spooner might have rendered this as an adjective meaning quick or sudden (e.g. a flood) and the name of a middle-distance runner, now a lord.
8d Nudes and nuts? Such may be seen on the beach (4,4)
SAND DUNE: an anagram (nuts) of NUDES AND.
11d One side and another in each riotous action? (7)
REVELRY: start with the abbreviation for one side then insert the other side into a synonym of each.
14d Like a monster with his gore spilt (7)
OGREISH: an anagram (spilt) of HIS GORE.
17d Worthless girl hugging senior minister out of work (8)
RUBBISHY: a girl’s name (rhyming slang for curry) contains a senior cleric without the short word for an artistic work.
18d Cryptic Don, naive fellow from somewhere in the West Country (8)
DEVONIAN: an anagram (cryptic) of DON NAIVE. This is rather clever because our setter Don, who is indeed cryptic though probably not naive, originally hailed from this splendid place.
19d Passive person to resign when holding contrary position (8)
QUIETIST: a verb to resign contains the reversal of a position or location. The passive person is one who follows a contemplative doctrine.
22d Stupid request to remove a facial feature (6)
DIMPLE: join together an adjective meaning stupid and a request without its final A.
23d Declaration of grandparent entertaining old women (6)
AVOWAL: an adjective meaning ‘belonging to a grandparent’ (new to me) contains the abbreviations for old and women.
24d Being frazzled, addressed God loudly rather than quietly (6)
FRAYED: start with a verb meaning ‘addressed God’ then replace the abbreviation for the ‘softly’ musical direction with one meaning ‘loudly’.
27d Ear’s twitching after ring (4)
OTIC: a word for a facial twitching follows the ring-shaped letter.
I liked the man of grand designs in 29a but my favourite clue was the autobiographical 18d. Do let us know which one(s) made your shortlist.