Toughie No 2184 by Petitjean
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****/*****
This is another superb puzzle from the late Petitjean (I hope that when they finally run out the Telegraph will publish them all in a book). Today we have the very witty 10a/15a pair, the funny 15d and a host of other clever and amusing clues. I thought it was a bit tougher than usual and ended up revealing a letter to get my last answer (9a, one of those pesky four-letter answers).
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Regional producer of weight-loss programmes? (5,5)
LOCAL RADIO: cryptic definition. Split the first word 2-3 to see where the weight-loss comes in.
9a In report, responsibility is mine to some extent (4)
LODE: something that’s part of a mine sounds like a responsibility or burden.
10a Result of chafing when you’re up (6,4)
SADDLE SORE: up on horseback, that is.
11a Feel sorry to be winger right on the left (6)
REGRET: a fish-eating bird with the single-letter abbreviation for right to its left.
12a Malicious person with way of speaking in imperfect tense (7)
SERPENT: the abbreviation for the standard form of spoken English goes inside an anagram (imperfect) of TENSE.
15a Result of chafing when you’re not up (7)
BEDSORE: ‘not up’ means in your pit.
16a Spirit bottled in vintage Niersteiner (5)
GENIE: hidden in the clue.
17a Slow Tottenham’s No 2 dropped fast (4)
LENT: a musical instruction meaning slow without the second letter of Tottenham.
18a Farm boss (4)
STUD: double definition – the boss is a knob (to coin a phrase).
19a Censor opening of burlesque before strip? The reverse (5)
BLEEP: the first letter of burlesque followed by the reversal of a verb to strip or pare.
21a Pen capturing Pele’s character disorder sharply (7)
STEEPLY: an animal pen contains an anagram (has character disorder) of PELE.
22a Formula Three motor Hill’s abandoned disastrously (7)
THEOREM: an anagram (disastrously) of the second and third words of the clue once you’ve removed the falsely-capitalised hill.
24a Line missing from Delta singer’s boast is inspiring (6)
IMBUES: remove the abbreviation of line from what could be a Delta singer’s boast to be the personification of his/her style of singing (1’1,5).
27a Scheme of more delicate baroque composition lacking length and not for everyone (10)
SUBTERFUGE: stick together a comparative meaning more delicate or muted and a baroque style of musical composition. Now remove the abbreviation for length and one letter (the last of the three that you should now have) describing a film suitable for all ages.
28a Fancy lacy slip (4)
CLAY: an anagram (fancy) of LACY. Not a word I knew (though with the checkers in place there were only two possibilities) – Chambers says slip is “a creamy paste of clay and water for coating, decorating and casting pottery”.
29a From South Dakota, perhaps, halfway through ‘High Noon’ or ‘Django Unchained’, say (10)
MIDWESTERN: this could mean halfway through a film of the type exemplified by the two given in the clue.
2d Timeless old name for pudding wine that’s all right (4)
OKAY: Pudding wine is another term for a sweet dessert wine – we need the name for one of these (one originating from Hungary) then we have to remove the abbreviation for time. I presume that the name is ‘old’ because these days the name usually has ‘ji’ in place of the final letter.
3d Stands to reason dad brewed drink (4,2)
ADDS UP: an anagram (brewed) of DAD and a verb to drink.
4d Where fighters are seen boxing cry ‘Foul!’ (7)
REEKING: put a cry (one traditionally uttered at the sight of a mouse) inside where boxers perform.
5d Port of Dover greeting Arab sailer (4)
DHOW: the left-hand (port) letter of Dover followed by a greeting attributed to Native Americans.
6d Poetry in Old English guide (7)
OVERSEE: insert another word for poetry inside the abbreviation for Old English.
7d Upper-class Sally not one for being bored in bed (4-6)
FOUR-POSTER: FOR contains (being bored by) the letter used to mean upper-class or posh and a sally or retort without the Roman numeral for one.
8d Males entertaining at all-female party in hellish circumstances (10)
HEATHENDOM: two males (the first a pronoun, the second an abbreviation) contain AT and an all-female party (3,2).
12d Market stall spiel? (5,5)
SALES PITCH: cryptically this could be the place where a market stall is positioned.
13d Fast pulse? (6,4)
RUNNER BEAN: cryptic definition of something that can be eaten.
14d Familiar name for TV cop in seventies (5)
TELLY: double definition, the second being the forename of the actor playing a cop in the 1970s whose catchphrase was “Who loves ya, baby?”. I always preferred Columbo.
15d Weather temperature where privates get soaked (5)
BIDET: a verb to weather or endure followed by the abbreviation for temperature. LOL – I delayed writing in the answer for some time because I doubted whether such a clue would be allowed in the Telegraph.
19d Mature crowd getting over housing deprivation (7)
BLOSSOM: mature here is a verb. A crowd or gang is reversed and contains a deprivation or deficit.
20d Ring this person found in sound unit (7)
PHONEME: this is the smallest significant unit of sound in a language. Split it 5,2 to get a request to ring the speaker.
23d Ensemble‘s unfashionable sound (6)
OUTFIT: charade of an adverb meaning unfashionable and an adjective meaning sound or healthy.
25d Twice checking 1 Down ought to be in the same place (4)
IBID: the prefix meaning twice goes inside the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for down.
26d A fish in jelly (4)
AGAR: join together A and a pike-like fish.
Loads to like – the 10a/15a pair, 15d for the laugh, 7d and 12d. My favourite (for the very clever placing of TV) was 14d. Do let us know which one(s) had a side-splitting effect on you.