Toughie No 2194 by Elgar
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty ****/***** – Enjoyment *****
This is Elgar’s 132nd Telegraph Toughie. And, as usual ever since Elgar reached triple figures (except on Dave’s tenth anniversary), the puzzle cunningly alludes to this number. If you haven’t already spotted the theme during your solve, it won’t take you long to see what is going on after looking at this blog. It felt like this took me less time than most other Elgars, though I did get stuck for a while in SW and NE – I wanted so much to enter ROCKETLESS for 8d. I know, but it just seemed like a nice story.
As always, definitions are underlined. The hints are intended to help you unravel the wordplay, and you can reveal the answers by clicking on the 11×12 buttons. Please leave a comment to tell us how you got on and what you thought. Many thanks.
1a Estimated data in list equals set here? (5,5)
ROUND TABLE: A word for estimated and a word for ‘data in list’.
6a Pay fine to, over counter (4)
FOOT: the abbreviation for fine plus a reversal (counter) of TO from the clue and the cricket abbreviation of over
10a Something stimulating is live on the box, but not half holy (5)
BETEL: A verb meaning live goes on an informal word for the box we watch in the evenings without (but not) the last two letters (half) of holy
11a Arrangement to teach nurses about twelve little signs (3,6)
THE ZODIAC: An anagram of (arrangement to) TEACH contains (nurses) a reversal (about) of an abbreviated (little) description of twelve (1,3)
12a Labourer? I give you about one hundred pounds (8)
HERACLES: another way of saying ‘I give you’ (4’1) contains (about) an article meaning one, the Roman numeral for hundred and the abbreviation for pounds
13a See 17a
15a Grip Spooner’s battle-axe that’s not allowed in pub? (7)
HANDBAG: An old battle-axe who’s been told never to return to a pub would be a (6,3)
17a & 13a One of a brainy 26 making adjustments to a van recliner (7,5)
CRANIAL NERVE: An anagram of (making adjustments to) A VAN RECLINER
19a Those people must embrace the principles of justice, united by right (3,4)
THE JURY: A pronoun meaning those people contains (must embrace) the first letters (principles) of justice, united by the abbreviation for right. An all-in-one.
21a Income tax dodges by Cambridge college (7)
TAKINGS: TAX from the clue avoiding (dodges) the letter that is used for multiplication (‘by’) and a well-known Cambridge College
22a See 24a
24a & 22a Forecastable winds instilled with bit of uniformity? (8,5)
BEAUFORT SCALE: Another all-in-one! An anagram (winds) of FORECASTABLE contains (instilled with) the first letter (a bit) of uniformity.
27a Having to stop working oxen in retirement, he’s penned epic (3,6)
THE AENEID: A reversal (Having … in retirement) of a verb meaning ‘to stop working’ (as your phone or computer might) plus another word for oxen or cattle contains (‘s penned) HE from the clue
28a Omar repeatedly would carry one such bouquet (5)
AROMA: Hidden (would carry) in OMAROMAR
29a Drama just after twelve (4)
NOON: A Japanese drama plus a preposition that can mean just after (def 18 in chambers, e.g. ** completing the puzzle)
30a Leading dog breed whose work will leave a lasting impression? (10)
TYPESETTER: A 6-letter dog, before which (leading) we have a 4-letter word for breed or sort
1d Is making fun of cage (4)
RIBS: Two meanings, the second protecting the chest cavity
2d Raise stakes put heated in ground dig mostly ignored (2,3,4)
UP THE ANTE: An anagram (ground) of PUT HEATE(d i)N, ignoring the most of DI(g) from the clue
3d Having delivered some cards, read out a letter (5)
DELTA: A homophone (read out) of a word meaning ‘having delivered some cards’ (e.g. in poker) plus A from the clue
4d 100 is 2’s to gain – with crown to lose out (7)
ANTILOG: Looking for a mathematical relationship here (base 10). An anagram (out) of TO GAIN plus L, the first letter (crown) of lose.
5d Closes rank about one of the deposits being blown (7)
LOESSIC: An anagram (rank) of CLOSES goes around (about) the Roman numeral one
7d The branch at the heart of the stocking trade? (5)
OSIER: The central 5 letters (the heart) of a 7-letter word for the stocking trade
8d What’s totally wrong about Elliott’s visitor being unable to get home? (10)
TICKETLESS: If you get everything wrong, your homework will lack certain teacher’s marks and be this (8). Put this about Elliot’s visitor in the eponymous Spielberg movie
9d Fine to load grass up following flash Jacko routine (8)
MOONWALK: An informal 2-letter expression meaning fine contains a reversal (to load … up) of an area of grass, all after (following) an informal word for flash or brief moment
14d Hit times with maiden spent in what? (5,5)
WHITE SATIN: An anagram (hit) of TI(m)ES IN WHAT (having spent the abbreviation for maiden). Is this an all-in-one? The whole clue is certainly an allusion to the answer.
16d Actor arresting Anglican is burnt in Rouen (5,3)
BRUCE LEE: The French (in Rouen) word for burnt contains (arresting) the abbreviation for the Anglican church
18d In it, modified sermon replaces one that’s extremely intimate (9)
INNERMOST: An anagram (modified) of SERMON replaces the second I (one) in IN IT from the clue
20d Inclination to act loutishly by Hooke (not hook) or by crook (7)
YOBBERY: An anagram (crook) of BY (hook)E OR BY.
21d Lift weight off bunk (7)
TWADDLE: A reversal (lift) of the 2-letter abbreviation for weight and a word meaning off or rotten
23d Make up for dropping down to Pyrenean peak (5)
ANETO: A verb meaning ‘make up for’ in which TO from the clue is dropping down to the end of the word
25d Criticism approaching the end of the 22 (5)
FLAKE: A 4-letter word for criticism plus the last letter (the end) of the
26d Of course, standard’s one in two (4)
PAIR: A standard score on a golf course includes (in) the Roman numeral for one
My favourite clues were the all-in-ones, because, well, I just like all-in-ones. I also liked the moment I understood 4d. Which clues did you like?