Toughie No 2273 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Greetings once more from Jena!
The weather has broken slightly, and we had some rain yesterday, which cleared the air a little. Had a really interesting day in the Bauhaus and New Weimar museums looking at some of the amazing artworks from the period between the wars.
So who better to blog while I am in Germany than our locally based (give or take several hundred miles) setter of today’s Toughie?
Hudson is settling down nicely into either of the two midweek Toughie slots and produces quality puzzles that contain a good mix of humour and challenge. After a first read of the clues, there were a couple of ones to write in and I could then move on from there, though I was held up with the bottom right corner – more anon.
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1a Pleasant housing over the way, within budget (10)
AFFORDABLE: Something that is within your budget when it comes to spending can be found by taking something meaning pleasant and putting it around (housing) an abbreviation for over and a type of way or route.
6a Exclamation suppressed by William, George and Andrew? (4)
WHAM: The name of a pop duo that comprised two people named George (Michael) and Andrew (Ridgeley) is revealed by taking a short expression and placing it inside an abbreviation for the name William.
10a Jogged with PG Tips, causing an accident (5)
PRANG: Something meaning jogged has P before it and G after it – PG Tips (geddit?). This gives a word for a small car accident.
11a Bug truncated record tweet, possibly (9)
MICROBLOG: Not to be found in too many on-line dictionaries, and as my BRB is 1332.8 km away, I can’t confirm it’s in there. A way of a describing a tweet, perhaps, is found by taking the name for a small bug or germ and removing the last letter (truncated) and adding it before something that means a record or diary.
12a Marsupial suggested by Eliot’s feline versifier? (7)
OPOSSUM: Clever clue. Take the name of the (fictional) writer of the Eliot work that inspired the (soon to be a film) and stage musical Cats; however, you should abbreviate the first word of that person’s ‘name’ to get the creature.
13a Shaky’s half-seen with one’s microphone (7)
SEISMIC: Take 50% of the word SEEN, add a way of saying one’s and an short way of saying microphone and you’ll get something that refers to a lot of shaking in a geological way.
14a Early Conservative cuddling daughter, perhaps 9 (7,5)
BEDTIME STORY: An archaic way of saying early and an abbreviation for the politician has the short one-letter way of meaning daughter inside. This will then give you what the answer to 9 could be?
18a Hard bargaining disrupted North Sea rig, restricting commencement of drilling (5-7)
HORSE TRADING: An anagram of NORTH SEA RIG with the first letter of DRILLING gives you a term for the way some may see certain negotiations going.
21a Catch streetcar No.1 of Metropolitan eastern line (7)
TRAMMEL: A word for a streetcar, like the ones I have been travelling on for the last week, plus the first letter of METROPOLITAN, EASTERN and LINE, all together give you a word for a catch or net.
23a Theft of Brie reportedly ending in acrimony (7)
LARCENY: A word meaning theft is outrageously made up by taking a homophone of the surname of the actress below (whose real name is Brianne Sidonie Desaulniers, no wonder she changed it!) and adding Y (ending in acrimony). Please address your grumbles to Hudson, somewhere nice in Germany.
24a Relieved by flying ace, I flirted outrageously (9)
AIRLIFTED: A way of saying having provided relief by flying transport is revealed by taking A (ace) and adding an anagram of I FLIRTED.
25a With which one gets tanked up in holiday dive? (5)
SCUBA: A cryptic way of describing something that a diver may use on holiday (did you know it’s an acronym?).
26a European future pilot abandoning port in Tanzania (4)
DANE: Another to make you groan slightly. Take the name of the ‘pilot of the future’ and remove the name of a famous port in Tanzania and you are left with a European nationality.
27a Gather hempen cord in knots (10)
COMPREHEND: An anagram (in knots) of HEMPEN CORD gives a word meaning to gather, mentally,
1d Roughly speaking, computer program is awesome! (6)
APPROX: The name for a modern computer and mobile (or, as Germans call them – Handy) program and a homophone for a trendy way of saying something is awesome, gives you a short way of saying roughly speaking.
2d Ensign attached to vessel (6)
FLAGON: A vessel (usually full of cider) is found by taking another word for an ensign and adding a short word that means ‘attached to’,
3d Important letter greeted Sir Liam at work (10,4)
REGISTERED MAIL: A type of post you can get that’s important is an anagram of GREETED SIR LIAM.
4d Old college to adapt, admitting two graduates (4,5)
ALMA MATER: The name for your old educational establishment is found by taking a word meaning alter and putting on two abbreviations for those with a major degree.
5d Base swear-word uttered in this place (5)
LOCUS: A word meaning place (often in police procedurals) is a homophone of a word meaning base and one meaning swear-word,
7d Gloria working to host band in satellite appearance? (4-4)
HALF-MOON: Something that symbolises glory, plus a short word meaning working has a (radio wave) band inserted to give a way of seeing our satellite.
8d Wise men about to look at radio tuner (5,3)
MAGIC EYE: I’d never heard of one either. The name for a type of old radio tuner is found by taking the name for the three wise men in the new Testament, a one-word letter for about and a short word meaning look,
9d Chap booked to be on island by Friday (8,6)
ROBINSON CRUSOE: A cryptic way of describing a famous book about an adventurer who ends up on an island with a famous manservant.
15d Make fresh start to embrace political party in a mess (7,2)
MUDDLED UP: Here you take a word meaning EMBRACE and change the first letter. Add to this the abbreviation for a UK political party.
16d The lads going on tour, taking in Northern isles (8)
SHETLAND: Around the abbreviation for Northern goes an anagram of THE LADS, to give the name of some UK islands.
17d Testing time to manage introducing Arab currency (5,3)
TRIAL RUN: A type of test is found by taking T (time) a word meaning MANAGE, and a type of Arab currency inside.
19d Fed up with American English? Calm down! (6)
DEFUSE: Reverse the word FED and add the abbreviations for American and English to give a word meaning to calm down.
20d Ring round unknown hotel as 3 is delivered (2,4)
BY HAND: The way a 3 down is delivered is found by taking a word for a ring and putting it around a letter for unknown things and H (hotel)
22d Drunk, going topless for game (5)
LOTTO: The name of a game is that of a word meaning drunk minus the first letter.
Thanks to Hudson for a splendid puzzle that made me smile and challenged me in equal measure. I’ll see you all again soon!