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Toughie 2260

Toughie No 2260 by Messinae

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment **

This didn’t put up much of a fight and it doesn’t have a great deal in the way of sparkle.
Thanks Messinae – I hope others got more entertainment from the puzzle.

Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.

Across Clues

1a They may make jams and preserves — dip spoon in (11)
BOTTLENECKS: a verb meaning preserves (food) with a verb to spoon or canoodle inserted.

7a It’s senseless using words in a particular way mother rejected (7)
IDIOTIC: start with an adjective meaning ‘using words in a particular way’ and remove the short affectionate word for mother.

8a Express sympathy for game player (7)
CONSOLE: double definition, the game player being a device rather than a person.

10a Front part of fridge appropriate space to chill (8)
FRIGHTEN: string together the first letter of fridge, an adjective meaning appropriate or correct and a space in printing terminology.

11a Rush work with computers — change paper again (2-4)
RE-EDIT: charade of a type of rush or waterside plant and the abbreviation used for working with computers.

13a Boats generally heading off crude one (4)
RAFT: remove the first letter from a word meaning boats to leave a crude type of boat.

14a Mediocre stuff in more naive government policy (5,5)
GREEN PAPER: this is not fully defined government policy more a preliminary document with proposals and options for discussion – when the policy’s been firmed up the document colour changes to white. Insert a word for mediocre or worthless stuff into a comparative meaning more naive or inexperienced.

16a Paradise? PS: Liberal welcomed (10)
AFTERWORLD: insert the abbreviation for Liberal into a term for the last section or epilogue (or what might cryptically be a ps or additional bit at the end of a letter).

18a Encourage short sprint (4)
SPUR: drop the last letter from a synonym of sprint.

21a Pronounced views anger Old Testament prophet (6)
ISAIAH: stick together homophones of a verb meaning views or observes and a noun meaning anger. The second doesn’t work at all for me.

22a Top golfer means to make the cut more than once? (8)
SCALPELS: knit together a noun meaning the top of one’s head and the surname of Ernie, Crosswordland’s favourite golfer. For the surface reading ‘make the cut’ in golf means to score low enough in the early rounds to make it through to the last part of a competition.

24a Quickly fly in it all over the place (7)
NIFTILY: an anagram (all over the place) of FLY IN IT.

25a Hallucinations about church as source of strength (7)
TRICEPS: a word for drug-induced hallucinations contains the abbreviation for the established church in England.

26a MPs seen to exercise gumption (6,5)
COMMON SENSE: start with a word for Members of Parliament as a group (based on their place of work) and append an anagram (to exercise) of SEEN.

Down Clues

1d Security provided by fine legal officer (7)
BAILIFF: concatenate a word for a security or monetary guarantee, a conjunction meaning provided and the pencil-related abbreviation for fine.

2d Small tip of tooth causing irritation (6)
TITCHY: the first letter of tooth is followed by an adjective meaning ‘causing irritation’.

3d Place for changing key-pad? (6,4)
LOCKER ROOM: combine a cryptic description of a key and what pad is an informal word for as a place of abode. Keypad is usually unhyphenated so I assume that the hyphen (and question mark) here are hints that there are two distinct bits of wordplay – I don’t really understand the need for that, especially in a Toughie.

4d Minor injury in cop shop (4)
NICK: very obvious double definition.

5d Charlie about to attract scorn (8)
CONTEMPT: weld together the letter that Charlie represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, a preposition meaning about and a verb to attract or entice.

6d Missed date with Rose (5,2)
STOOD UP: double definition. Rose is falsely capitalised.

7d How the Red Arrows fly low-down (11)
INFORMATION: split the answer 2,9 to see how the Red Arrows fly.

9d I represent flourishing small businesses (11)
ENTERPRISES: an anagram (flourishing) of I REPRESENT followed by the abbreviation for small.

12d Copies answers about scan? (10)
REPLICATES: a verb meaning answers contains the abbreviation for a body scan as an aid to medical diagnosis.

15d Life form succeeded in roaming erratically (8)
ORGANISM: the abbreviation for succeeded (genealogically) goes inside an anagram (erratically) of ROAMING.

17d Old rock band — act with riff throbbing (7)
TRAFFIC: an anagram (throbbing) of ACT RIFF gives us the name of an English rock band dating back to the 1960s.

19d Make appearance before proctors initially leading to decline (7)
PRECEDE: the initial letter of proctors followed by a verb to decline or ebb.

20d One missing from heart of defence getting forward for football team? (6)
ALBION: remove the Roman numeral for one from the middle of a word for a legal defence and append an interjection meaning forward! The answer is used in the name of various football teams round the country but here in Devon it’s better known as the name of a Plymouth rugby team.

23d Dodgy character entering party politics (4)
TYPO: our only hidden word.

The best clue for me was 1a. Do let us know which one(s) made your day.


9 comments on “Toughie 2260

  1. Sort of what I’d expect from Messinae on a Wednesday. Solved in a Wednesday/Thursday back page time. No particular favourites

    Thanks to Messinae and Gazza

  2. I found all but two pretty straightforward then stewed for far longer before cracking the two crossing sports clues ( 22a top golfer clue and 20d football team clue). I felt sure the answer to 20d was what it was but could not parse it and eventually got 22a assuming an L from 20d. So I finished correctly but needed Gazza to explain 20d. Most annoyed with myself as as the bits and pieces involved in solving these two clues are well known in crosswords

    Thanks to the setter and Gazza for explaining 20d

  3. I would agree with Gazza’s assessment although I would probably give it *** for entertainment.

    I didn’t realise that Mr Els was our favourite golfer, I suppose the brevity of the name helps, something else to try and remember.

    Favourite – a toss-up between 21a and 7d – and the winner is 7d.

  4. No particular difficulties beyond sorting out the football team and my usual problem with spelling the names of biblical characters, but not a very inspiring puzzle.

    Rather liked the dodgy character in 23d but no contest for favourite – the Red Arrows are simply awe-inspiring.

    Thanks to Messinae and to Gazza for the blog.

  5. I found this more entertaining than our blogger and I also completed it in a Wed/Thu back-page time.

    Thanks to Gazza and Messinae

  6. This all flowed smoothly for us until we got to the SE corner. Hit a real log jam there and it took ages before a penny or two dropped. A pleasant solve for us.
    Thanks Messinae and Gazza.

  7. Solved in a good time but lots of it fits so bung it in. Very enjoyable. Thanks to all

  8. Solved between watching the re-run of the moon landings, so it’s hard to judge difficulty, but fall everything did with some application required here and there. Entertaining and engaging throughout I thought.

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