Toughie No 2188 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
I’m sure I wasn’t grumpy when I started to solve this puzzle but I had quite a few niggles along the way and I was glad to get it finished. Thanks to Kcit.
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1a Worth setting puzzles produced under assumed name (5-7)
GHOST-WRITTEN: an anagram (puzzles) of WORTH SETTING.
9a Treatment for bats without vision, though not initially about to use eyes? (7)
LINSEED: these bats are not the flying kind. An adjective meaning lacking vision, without its first letter, contains a verb to use one’s eyes. Strictly speaking it’s the oil that’s derived from the answer that does the treating.
10a Newly visible item? That’s standard with planet (Sun’s beginning to disappear) (7)
stick together a noun meaning standard or normal and the name of a planet without the first letter of Sun. I’m puzzled by the definition here – I’ve found a slang meaning of item which says it’s “ a person whose positive attributes make them a coveted rarity” so I suppose that must be it, though I can’t find that meaning in any standard dictionary. Am I missing something obvious? I now think that the answer is an adjective (newly visible) – stick together an item that’s standard or normal and the name of a planet without the first letter of Sun.
11a Stumped, perhaps, following minimal level in discharge (7)
OUTFLOW: knit together what you are in cricket if you’re stumped, the abbreviation for following and a synonym for minimal level.
12a Sack is carried by daughter and another young girl (7)
DISMISS: insert IS between the abbreviation for daughter and the title of a young girl.
13a Show host responsible for music at start and finish? (5)
EMCEE: this is a horrible word, a vocal rendition of a 2-letter abbreviation consisting of the first and last letters of ‘music’. I considered underlining the whole clue as the definition but I don’t think that really works.
14a Swan to have more value than rotten tree (9)
TRUMPETER: a verb meaning to have more value than or surpass followed by an anagram (rotten) of TREE. What do you suppose the surface means?
16a Dine extravagantly, going to hot food counter in Scottish city (9)
EDINBURGH: there are only seven Scottish cities and only two of those are 9-letters long so one has a good chance of getting this right by accident! Start with an anagram (extravagantly) of DINE then reverse the abbreviation (on taps, say) for hot and an informal word for food.
19a Early Pope regularly heard by favourite (5)
PETER: an adjective meaning favourite and regular letters from ‘heard’.
21a Sort out Shakespearean character in hollow (5,2)
CLEAR UP: insert the name of a Shakespearean king into another word for a hollow or depression.
23a Long expression of surprise about source of legendary old science (7)
ALCHEMY: weld together a verb to long or yearn and an ejaculation of surprise then insert the first letter of legendary.
24a Fruit: a thing you have to try, returning to chase after it (7)
SATSUMA: reverse A and something that shouldn’t be missed after a 2-letter abbreviation for “it”.
25a Recalled time mostly squandered? Just a bit (7)
DRIBBLE: reverse a rhyming slang word for time inside and append an informal verb meaning squandered without its last letter.
26a Recalled enthusiasm about orbiter, following a rage for not getting involved (7-5)
LAISSEZ-FAIRE: reverse (recalled – for the second consecutive clue!!) a synonym of enthusiasm or fervour and insert inside it the 3-letter abbreviation for a man-made object orbiting the earth. Now add the abbreviation for following (the same one we met in 11a), A and a synonym for rage.
1d Dope brought up evidence regarding family sources (7)
GENETIC: cement together another slang word for dope or information and the reversal of a verb to evidence or show proof of.
2d Be above complete fabrication (7)
OVERLIE: charade of an adverb meaning complete or finished and a fabrication.
3d Murphy gathering one source of liquid — or another? (9)
TIDEWATER: murphy is an informal word for a specific vegetable. Put another informal word for the same thing round the Roman numeral for one and a source of liquid (usually in the early morning).
4d Express criminal charge with documentation (5)
RAPID: a slang term for a criminal charge and an abbreviation for documentation.
5d Drink supplied after performer arrives (5,2)
TURNS UP: a verb to drink follows a word for a performer (especially one in a variety show).
6d Gloomy poet, say, enthralled by fifth-rate celebrities? (7)
ELEGIST: the abbreviation meaning ‘say’ goes inside an adjective (1-4) which could describe fifth-rate celebs.
7d Baffle Queen, participating in duty for Olympic event? (5,8)
FLOOR EXERCISE: a verb to baffle or stump with our Queen’s regnal cipher inserted into a type of duty or tax.
8d Recent issue may present an appreciation of such songs (7,6)
NURSERY RHYMES: cryptic definition. Recent issue is a young child.
15d Found out about judge? Inconceivable (7-2)
UNHEARD-OF: an anagram (out) of FOUND contains a verb to judge a case in court.
17d Passivity in time stifling rise in sexual activity (7)
INERTIA: weld together IN and a long period of time then insert the reversal of an informal word for sexual activity (the same word that the 24a clue urged us to chase after).
18d Vessels in unending search for harbour obstruction? (7)
BARQUES: a search for an obstruction or sandbank at the mouth of a harbour would be 3,5. We just have to remove the last letter.
19d Composer caught after punch-up in Italy (7)
PUCCINI: the crickety abbreviation for caught follows the reversal of an alcoholic punch. Finish off with IN and the IVR code for Italy.
20d Chorister swallowing first bit of milk shake (7)
TREMBLE: a young chorister contains the first letter of milk.
22d Form of transport some way down the list of options? (5)
PLANE: split the answer 4,1 to identify the fifth option down.
My favourite clue was the cryptic 8d. Do let us know which one(s) got you excited.