Toughie No 2284 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **/***
It wouldn’t be a Giovanni Toughie if it didn’t have a few terms I didn’t know but the only one which gave me any significant problems was 5d where I was thrown by the unusual spelling. Chambers was pressed into action rather a lot for verification.
Thanks to Giovanni for the challenge.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
8a Terrible liars seen to fail to find personal fulfilment (4-11)
SELF-REALISATION: an anagram (terrible) of LIARS SEEN TO FAIL.
9a Big bird to sway when hiding tail (3)
ROC: a verb to sway or wobble without its last letter.
10a Coward shows wound, having confronted a second superior rebel (11)
SCARAMOUCHE: string together a bodily wound, A, a second or short time, the letter used to mean posh or superior and our usual South American rebel.
11a Returning space traveller noticed rubbish? (5)
WASTE: glue together Spielberg’s space traveller and a verb meaning noticed then reverse it all.
12a Silly utterances from one member of family, one meeting relations (9)
INANITIES: bring together the Roman numeral for one, an elderly family member, the Roman one again and a word for relations or links.
15a University must keep silver — it’s a sort of duty (7)
KEELAGE: a university in Staffordshire (which was regarded as very cool in the 1960s, I seem to remember) contains the chemical symbol for silver.
17a Lover in shrub denied love initially (7)
LEANDER: the name of a lover in Greek mythology who had a nightly dip comes from a poisonous shrub without the initial letter resembling zero.
19a A couple of characters sticking together (9)
DIPHTHONG: cryptic definition (and a pain to spell). Crypticsue tells me that the ‘sticking’ in the clue was originally missing its T on some platforms (which throws up a rather revolting picture).
20a Tree in City of London hidden in hollow (5)
PECAN: put the postal area for the City of London inside a hollow or basin.
21a Coming together to study feature of Bath’s architecture? (11)
CONCRESCRENT: charade of a verb to study or learn by heart and a (Royal) architectural feature in Bath. Not a word I knew but the wordplay is clear enough.
24a Cat Gladstone knocked over (3)
MOG: Gladstone was known as the Grand Old Man – reverse the acronym.
25a One giving advice on fitness isn’t a pro, learner found out (8,7)
PERSONAL TRAINER: an anagram (found out) of ISN’T A PRO LEARNER.
1d Bishop associated with miss, the female on record as a disgrace (5,5)
BLACK SHEEP: solder together the chess abbreviation for bishop, a verb to miss or go without, a female pronoun and a vinyl record format.
2d Stick of explorer given place in church (6)
CROSSE: apparently this is the name of the stick (with a sort of basket thingy on the end) used by lacrosse players. Insert the name of a polar explorer (take your pick of two, one being the nephew of the other) into the abbreviation for the established church in England.
3d Foreign policeman in vehicle with a large but not good emperor (10)
CARABINERO: assemble a road vehicle, A, an adjective meaning large without the abbreviation for good and a nutty Roman emperor.
4d Foreign city very good, having a certain sort of appeal (4)
PISA: fuse together a short adjective meaning very good in a smarmy way and the abbreviation for sex appeal.
5d Mum carries seasoned oil around in glazed earthenware (8)
MAIOLICA: an affectionate term for one’s mum contains a word for mayonnaise flavoured with garlic and a single-letter abbreviation for around or approximately. This was my last answer as I didn’t know this could be spelled with an I rather than a J and I spent enough time trying to make the wordplay work with a J using an anagram of oil.
6d Record is circular — look for it in there (4)
DISC: hidden word. I’ve underlined ‘it’ but that refers back to ‘record’.
7d Rovers not No.1 — that’s City (6)
ANGERS: start with a word for rovers or ramblers and drop the first letter to leave a city in France.
8d Peaceful army and a king holding green eastern territory (7)
SARAWAK: weld together the abbreviation for an army (whose members carry tambourines rather than guns), A and a king in chess. Now insert an adjective meaning green or callow.
13d Music instruction to let Elgar go with a swing (10)
ALLEGRETTO: an anagram (go with a swing) of TO LET ELGAR.
14d Believer heading off with stick — something to provide motivation (10)
INDUCEMENT: a follower of an Eastern religion loses his or her first letter and that’s followed by a verb to stick or bind together.
16d A set of books astronomer set up in reception area (8)
ANTEROOM: fuse together A, one of the sets of books in the Bible and the reversal of the surname of a popular and eccentric British astronomer.
18d One who goes back on promise to be greener sadly (7)
RENEGER: an anagram (sadly) of GREENER.
19d Instruction to return a piece of headgear found in party (2,4)
DA CAPO: A and a type of headwear go inside a festive party.
20d Asian article buried under footway (6)
PATHAN: one of our indefinite articles follows a footway.
22d Something oily imbibed, endlessly upsetting (4)
NARD: this (new to me) is another name for spikenard which is an aromatic oil or balsam. Reverse a verb meaning imbibed or quaffed without its last letter.
23d Animal left under water (4)
SEAL: the abbreviation for left follows some salt water.
The clues I liked most were 19a and 14d. Do let us in on your selections.