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Toughie 2267

Toughie No 2267 by Donnybrook

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/****Enjoyment ****

I struggled with some of the clues but looking back the only ones that involved something I had never encountered were the Chinese port in 10 Across and the American “spin” in 7 Down. This was certainly not a typical (Fluffy) Tuesday puzzle!

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7a    Red Cross is located in trade centre (7)
MARXIST: the letter that is represented by a cross and IS from the clue inside a trade centre

8a    Wherein folders hold paperwork? (7)
ORIGAMI: a cryptic definition of the Japanese art of folding paper so as to make figures – solving this clue helped immensely with cracking 9 Down

10a    One spotted bringing coaster into Chinese port (9)
DALMATIAN: a spotted creature, you need to work out which one of many, is derived by putting the type of coaster used to protect a table inside a port in NE China

11a    Books to get on first vehicle (5)
AGENT: some books of the bible preceded by (first) a verb meaning to get on or grow older

12a    Shining helmet worn by copper travelling west (5)
LUCID: a helmet or cover around (worn by) the reversal (travelling west in an across clue) of the chemical symbol for copper

13a    Substandard work in book penned by river worker (9)
POTBOILER: B(ook) inside (penned by) an Italian river (that one of our bloggers once thought was in China and has never been forgiven!) and a hard worker

15a    Time invested in symphony and certain literature (7)
EROTICA: T(ime) inside Beethoven’s 3rd symphony

17a    Army corps disturbed Saudi remains (7)
RESIDUA: an army corps followed by an anagram (disturbed) of SAUDI

18a    Syrup of pineapple that’s stored at home (9)
GRENADINE: the explosive device sometimes known as a pineapple around (that’s stored) a two-letter word meaning at home

20a    Crumbs soldier gives dog (5)
CORGI: an interjection similar to “crumbs!” followed by a US soldier

21a    Maybe Ailsa Craig has tenant? (5)
ISLET: split (2,3) this could mean has a tenant

23a    Cease trading in neighbouring county (5,4)
CLOSE DOWN: a word meaning neighbouring followed by an Irish county

24a    Living space somewhat limited in Derby? (7)
HABITAT: a phrase meaning somewhat (1,3) inside the type of headwear of which Derby is an (unindicated) example in the US

25a    Assembled kin comfortably fitting in old office (7)
INKWELL: an anagram (assembled) of KIN followed by a word meaning comfortable


1d    Kittenish fools involved with crime (10)
FROLICSOME: an anagram (involved) of FOOLS with CRIME

2d    Blue line originally drawn by architects (6)
RIBALD: L(ine) and the initial letter (originally) of D[rawn] preceded by the architects’ institute

3d    Wickedly hot pie excellent served up in country (8)
ETHIOPIA: an anagram (wickedly) of HOT PIE followed by the reversal (served up in a down clue) of a word meaning excellent

4d    Ranger regularly bitten by tropical insect (6)
HORNET: the odd letters (regularly) of RaNgEr inside (bitten by, rather appropriately) an adjective meaning tropical

5d    Grand love affairs, not right, relatively criminal? (8)
BIGAMOUS: a three-letter adjective meaning grand followed by some love affairs without (not) the R(ight) – note the clever definition!

6d    Day on beer brings depression (4)
DALE: D(ay) followed by some beer

7d    Say Kentish wicket taking spin for American? (6,7)
MIDDLE ENGLISH: Kentish is an example (say) of the answer; a cricketing term for the wicket, as the cricket pitch itself – according to the Laws of Cricket, this usage of wicket is incorrect, but it is in common usage and commonly understood by cricket followers – followed by an American word meaning the spin given to a ball, especially in pool or billiards

9d    Left anthem unfinished in test (13)
INTERNATIONAL: most of (left … unfinished) a socialist anthem – the definition is a sporting contest

14d    Foreign articles not initially selected for wear abroad (10)
LEDERHOSEN: a pair of foreign definite articles followed by a verb meaning selected without (not) its initial letter gives an item of clothing that is worn abroad

16d    Distressed when entering hot gallery (2,1,5)
IN A STATE: a two-letter word meaning when inside an adjective meaning hot or up-to-date and an art gallery

17d    Soprano avoiding confused chorister’s declamation (8)
RHETORIC: an anagram (confused) of CHORI[S]TER without (avoiding S(oprano)

19d    Stimulate understanding for the listener (6)
INCITE: sounds like (for the listener) a word meaning understanding

20d    Fresh chapter that’s surprising and ultimately funny (6)
CHEEKY: CH(apter) followed by an interjection meaning “that’s surprising” and the final letter (ultimately) of [funn]Y

22d    Projection bringing learner royal recognition (4)
LOBE: L(earner) followed by some royal recognition of services rendered

Looking forward to the rest of the week, what a feast we have in store, starting with Petitjean, then Beam and finishing with Artix.


13 comments on “Toughie 2267

  1. This crossword took the sort of time I’d love to spend on a Tuesday Toughie but very rarely do – I knew the port but not the American spin

    Thanks to Donnybrook for the Toughie and BD for the blog – I too am looking forward to the rest of the Toughie week

  2. I enjoyed this a lot – thanks to Donnybrook and BD. As the latter says it looks like being a very good Toughie week.
    I didn’t know the Chinese port or that Kentish was an example of 7d but both became apparent from the wordplay and checkers. I did know the American spin/side because we’ve had it before.
    I’m not keen on the use of ‘by’ in a down clue (2d).
    The clues I liked best (all because of their beautifully disguised definitions) were 7a, 25a, 5d and 9d.

  3. This was my sort of Toughie. It was a lot of fun and, despite being very challenging, persistence paid off and I finished with a full grid with only two parsing issues to be resolved.

    Thanks to BD for sorting those two out for me. As a result I have learned an American expression in 7d (with thanks to Donnybrook for clearly indicating its provenance!) and the name of a socialist anthem in 9d, both of which I had never come across before.

    I spent quite a time trying to make RIBAND fit for 2d before the penny finally dropped.

    Candidates for favourite: 8a, 17a, 24a, 1d (lovely word!) & 14d.

    Many thanks to Donnybrook and to BD.

  4. Yes, we’re in for a treat his week and this was a very good start. Kentish was a surprise to me too.

    The American ‘English’ reference originates from the chalk on the tip required to generate the spin – Hustler’s Convention, Lightnin’ Rod 1973. I’ll resist the temptation to post a clip since I doubt it would go down very well here!

    Thanks Donnybrook and BD

  5. That was certainly tough – and, I thought, very nicely constructed. The right half went in more easily for me than the left half. There were too many things that I did not know (for instance any of the three references in 7d) to make progress remotely smooth in the left half. However, I did limp over the finishing line eventually – largely after stumbling across what the pineapple reference was all about in 18a. My favourite was the relatively criminal in 5d. Thanks to Donnybrook and Big Dave.

  6. Quite a struggle for a Tuesday Toughie. But I was suffering around a pool in France with cold beers. Its ok I’m not looking for sympathy! Favourite was 5d.

  7. We struggled with the wordplay for 7d as we had not met the American spin before. The architects in 2d were also new to us. However both of these are in BRB so no excuses. A good fun solve with a nice level of challenge.
    Thanks Donnybrook and BD.

  8. I wasn’t overly excited by this one (perhaps it’s just too hot here!) but did find a few goodies in the shape of 7a plus 5&16d.
    Please could someone help me out with the parsing of 7d – sorry but the hint only confused me further!

    Thanks to Donnybrook for the puzzle and to BD for the review.

    1. Kentish is a dialect of Middle English. Colloquially, the wicket is the same as the middle when referring to the pitch. English is a US term for spin imparted to a snooker ball.

  9. The review helped understanding 7d which was a proper bung in.
    The last two were 13a and 14d for which I assumed wrongly that it should start with under…
    Thanks to Donnybrook for the challenge and to BD for the review.

  10. BD, 7d. I note/understand your interesting and correct explanation of that “usage of wicket”. Could I respectfully ask you to apply the same straightforward logic to the use of “race/s” in the clue to trigger TT in the answer. Just like the cricketing fraternity know and use that “incorrect” term (i.e. it’s in common usage), the organisers and everyone associated with the IOM TT Races refer to the events there as “races”, irrespective of what they really are – hardly anyone calls them anything else. They are officially and universally called “races”.

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