Toughie No 2252 by Samuel
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I thought that this was a pleasant but fairly straightforward puzzle which for the most part would not have been out of place on the back page. Thanks to Samuel.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Rubbish clinician reversed procedure to restrict small obstruction (10)
CODSWALLOP: reverse an informal abbreviation for a clinician, add an abbreviated surgical procedure and insert the abbreviation for small and the type of obstruction favoured by President Trump.
6a First bit of brown sauce could make one hiccup (4)
BLIP: the first letter of brown and another word for sauce or cheek.
9a Tendency for Gap to stock large one for adult (10)
PROCLIVITY: string together a preposition meaning for or ‘in favour of’ and a gap or hole then replace the abbreviation for adult with the abbreviation for large and the Roman one.
10a Adore slovenly clothes (4)
LOVE: hidden in the clue.
12a Knight‘s the first person in Paris I’d backed (4)
JEDI: join together the French pronoun meaning I and the reversal of I’d.
13a Book accepting nothing host cooked will be appetising (9)
TOOTHSOME: a large book contains the letter that resembles zero and an anagram (cooked) of HOST.
15a Drama for a bloke finally entering capital city (not Washington) (8)
OPERETTA: insert the preposition meaning ‘for a’ or ‘for each’ and the last letter of bloke into a Commonwealth capital city without the standard abbreviation for Washington (that’s the state, not the city).
16a Auntie’s boss will be taken in by genuine tramp (6)
TRUDGE: insert the abbreviation for the boss of the corporation familiarly known as auntie into a synonym of genuine.
18a Men with time to stop work with corporation (6)
PORTLY: abbreviations for military men and time go inside a verb to work steadily.
20a Unknown act playing around 1? The opposite — they aren’t the genuine article (8)
COPYCATS: the answer to 1d contains an algebraic unknown and an anagram (playing) of ACT.
23a Try and receive insufficient money? (9)
UNDERTAKE: if split 5,4 the answer could mean to receive insufficient money.
24a See article in advance (4)
LOAN: stick together an archaic exclamation meaning see or behold and one of our indefinite articles.
26a Sudden shot (4)
SNAP: double definition, the first an adjective meaning sudden as in a sudden election.
27a Five tied in swimming final (10)
DEFINITIVE: an anagram (swimming) of FIVE TIED IN.
28a On leaving, atone for judge (4)
DEEM: start with a verb meaning to atone or compensate for and remove the preposition meaning on or concerning.
29a Forward in game put up with character wearing check trousers (6,4)
RUPERT BEAR: insert an adjective meaning forward or cheeky between the abbreviation for the 15-a-side game and a verb to put up with. The definition here does rather give the answer away.
1d Panda owners perhaps seen in endless wood (4)
COPS: drop the final letter from a wood or thicket.
2d See rubbish letters broadcast (7)
DIOCESE: hmm – I can only assume that this is our editor’s entry in the most horrible homophone of the year competition. With an amount of mangling some people (but not I) might be able to make the answer sound like an adjective meaning rubbish or terrible (4) and multiple occurrences of one of the letters of the alphabet (4).
3d My healthy cocktail of cider and ale (4,1,7)
WELL I DECLARE: an adjective meaning healthy followed by an anagram (cocktail) of CIDER and ALE.
4d Float independent gallery situated under Bulgarian capital (8)
LEVITATE: an abbreviation for independent and our usual art gallery follow the name of the Bulgarian currency.
5d Choice of medicine when papa falls down (6)
OPTION: we had a very similar clue (but working the opposite way round) in last Wednesday’s Toughie by Musaeus. Start with a word for a liquid medicine and drop down the letter that papa represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
7d Parking under sign, regularly ogled Victoria’s relative (7)
LEOPOLD: put the abbreviation for parking after a sign of the Zodiac then append regular letters from ‘ogled’. The old Queen had so many royal relatives spread throughout Europe that it’s difficult to know which one is meant here but this chap (her uncle) was definitely one of them.
8d Fail to survive the last month in rep performing ‘The Life of Riley’ (10)
PREDECEASE: insert the abbreviated final month of the year between an anagram (performing) of REP and a word meaning the life of Riley.
11d Change producer? Queen might find that refreshing (3,5,4)
THE ROYAL MINT: cryptically this could be something for the Queen to suck on. When the change producer moved to Llantrisant in Wales in 1967 the town became known as the hole with the mint.
14d French negative, then positive — oddly, see Germany at a loss (10)
NONPLUSSED: assemble a French negative, a positive or something desirable, the odd letters of ‘see’ and the IVR code for Germany.
17d Previous maths lesson read out (8)
SOMETIME: this sounds like a maths period (3,4).
19d Depart terribly stifling European bureaucracy (3,4)
RED TAPE: an anagram (terribly) of DEPART contains an abbreviation for European.
21d Greed shown by a reserve supporting system to help referees (7)
AVARICE: start with A then place a synonym for reserve or froideur after the abbreviation for the recently introduced and controversial technological aid to football referees.
22d After golf, scoffed a posh cake (6)
GATEAU: weld together the letter that golf represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, a verb meaning scoffed, A and the letter used to mean posh or upper-class.
25d Having lost two weeks, fresh fighting is close (4)
NEAR: start with fresh serious fighting (3,3) and remove the two abbreviations for week.
I liked the simple but effective 24a and 3d but my favourite clue was 11d. Do let us know which one(s) got you going.