Toughie No 2145 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
If we need a ‘mad hat’ for most Petitjean Toughies then we certainly need an even wackier one for today’s puzzle. Clue after clue are testament to his unique sense of humour and the whole thing is most enjoyable.
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7a Part of outfit in which hot musician plays? (9)
SWEATBAND: what a perspiring musician might play in.
8a Sounds like leakier source of ink (5)
SEPIA: this sounds (to some) like a comparative meaning leakier.
10a Far-flung kudos right for anyone’s puzzle (6)
SUDOKU: an anagram (far-flung) of KUDOS followed by the film classification meaning ok for all to see.
11a Tan but ashen surprisingly (8)
SUNBATHE: an anagram (surprisingly) of BUT ASHEN.
12a Dated bonnet that’s somewhat battered? (3,3)
OLD HAT: a bonnet that’s seen better days.
14a Target part of cereal to make sweet (6)
ENDEAR: charade of a synonym for target and the seed-bearing head of a cereal plant.
16a Female cops defect (4)
FLAW: the abbreviation for female and an informal word for the cops.
17a Cold joint plus seconds comprising accompaniment to 24 (5)
CHIPS: concatenate the abbreviation for cold, a bodily joint and the abbreviation for seconds.
18a Document that’s a dead giveaway (4)
WILL: cryptic definition of one’s last wishes.
19a Unknown in City to quit permissible working (6)
USABLE: start with an adjective meaning permissible or pardonable and remove the three letters consisting of an algebraic unknown inside the postal area for the City of London.
21a Strum sporadically alongside crooner’s pipes (6)
TUBING: even letters of ‘strum’ followed by the first name of an old American crooner.
24a Main course? (4,4)
FISH DISH: cryptic definition of a meal that may have originated in the sea.
26a Subordinate‘s record duty-bound (6)
DEPUTY: an old record format is held inside the word ‘duty’.
27a For example holding five volts will make you smart (5)
SAVVY: a synonym meaning ‘for example’ contains the Roman numeral for five and the abbreviation for volts.
28a Pushy me’s taken ‘a la Spooner’ side dish for 24 (5,4)
MUSHY PEAS: “Pushy me’s” is how Spooner might have rendered this side dish.
1d Just pound off pants (5)
AWFUL: an adjective meaning just or valid without one of the abbreviations for a pound sterling.
2d Scrabble broken up by unknown author’s strict rules (5,3)
CANON LAW: a verb to scrabble or scratch contains the abbreviation used to identify an unknown author.
3d Seaman drunk and confused (6)
ABLUSH: stick together an abbreviation for seaman and a word for an habitual hard drinker to make an adjective meaning confused or embarrassed.
4d Our treat and responsibility (4)
ONUS: split 2,2 it’s our treat.
5d Ignore flash modem and call (6)
DEMAND: remove the flash or short time from ‘modem and’.
6d Where stoned dons dine? (4,5)
HIGH TABLE: cryptic definition of where stoned dons might dine in college.
9d Not melodic, lacking time, key and bar (6)
UNLESS: start with an adjective meaning not melodic and remove the leading T(ime) and also the first occurrence of a musical key.
13d It isn’t commonly corrupt (5)
TAINT: double definition, the second a verb to corrupt or contaminate.
15d Traditional taste of Monbazillac is Salciccia knocked back (9)
CLASSICAL: luckily for me we don’t need to know what Monbazillac and Salciccia are to notice that the answer is hidden in reverse.
17d Believe it’s money in the bank (6)
CREDIT: double definition, the second what you are in if you’re in the black.
18d Airline wiped PIN in error (8)
WINDPIPE: an anagram (in error) of WIPED PIN.
20d Function for which Antipodean delivers apiary? (6)
BEHAVE: an Antipodean might possibly pronounce an insect home thus. I’ll be interested in KiwiColin’s view of this one.
22d Rewound tape had back-to-front leader (6)
BUDDHA: reverse a verb to transfer recorded material to a new tape and add ‘had’ after you’ve moved its last letter to the front.
23d Roles reversed in second part of ‘Crime and Punishment‘ (5)
STRAP: reverse theatrical roles to get an implement used for corporal punishment. It’s slightly unfortunate that the fifth word of the clue appears in reverse in the answer.
25d Spoils Yank (4)
HAUL: double definition – yank is falsely capitalised.
I could pick out lots of clues but I’ll just choose three cryptic definitions for my podium – 12a, 18a and 6d. Do let us know which one(s) provided the salt and vinegar for your meal.