Toughie No 2292 by Musaeus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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This is pretty standard fare for a midweek Toughie with nothing to really scare the thoroughbreds.
Thanks to Musaeus.
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1a Laid up the French cutters (7)
SICKLES: put together an adjective meaning ‘laid up’ or incapacitated and one of the French definite articles.
5a Getting on with daily game (3,4)
OLD MAID: charade of ‘getting on’ (in years) and another word for a daily or cleaning woman.
9a Adult in new resort, perhaps one’s just too steamy? (7)
ROASTER: insert the abbreviation for adult into an anagram (new) of RESORT.
10a Render rank? (4,3)
TURN OFF: concatenate a verb meaning to render or cause to become and an adjective meaning rank or putrid. It always used to amuse me to see Motorway signs announcing “Rank service station”.
11a Supposedly potent reporter that makes a connection (5,4)
PRESS STUD: this could be a media man who’s sexually potent. If you haven’t already read the definition of the second word of the answer in Chambers I recommend it for a good laugh.
12a Focus for Detective Frost? (5)
CRIME: an all-in-one clue. The central letter (focus) of detective is followed by a type of frost.
13a Gag on English issue (5)
EQUIP: a gag or witticism follows an abbreviation for English.
15a This increase would be harsh if Right were left (9)
INCREMENT: if you changed the abbreviation for right in the answer to that of left you’d get an adjective meaning harsh (of the weather).
17a From the off baristas always yonks serving their stuff? (9)
BEVERAGES: fuse together the first letter of baristas, an adverb meaning always and what yonks is an informal word for. The surface seems awkward and non-grammatical – I wonder if ‘take’ or similar prior to yonks got lost at some stage.
19a Spanish beach‘s sport area (5)
PLAYA: a synonym for sport or recreation and the abbreviation for area.
22a Bins rules and regs (5)
SPECS: double definition, the first an informal word for aids to vision.
23a Settle up with this knowing wag (5,4)
SMART CARD: stick together an adjective meaning knowing or streetwise and a word for a wag or amusing character.
25a Old wrought iron company seeing one tidying up at Wimbledon? (7)
ORINOCO: assemble the abbreviation for old, an anagram (wrought) of IRON and the abbreviation for company.
26a European succeeded leaving Russian, perhaps (7)
IBERIAN: a really old chestnut. Remove the genealogical abbreviation for succeeded from someone living in a very cold part of Russia.
27a Such as aged gathered about husband that’s a know-all (7)
EGGHEAD: start with an abbreviation meaning ‘such as’ and append an anagram (gathered) of AGED containing the abbreviation for husband.
28a Wind up willing — mate follows this (7)
ENDGAME: concatenate a verb meaning to wind up and an adjective meaning willing or plucky. A question mark would be appropriate here because in practice this rarely leads to an actual mate (as opposed to a draw or resignation).
1d Doubt cryptic clue’s about Republican and later power (7)
SCRUPLE: an anagram (cryptic) of CLUE’S with abbreviations for Republican and power inserted separately.
2d Natter over Evian, say, for house (7)
CHATEAU: a word meaning natter precedes what Evian is in its native language. I suppose the answer is a sort of house but it’s rather a posh one.
3d Where to park American motor? (5)
LOTUS: weld together a patch of ground that may be used as a car park (especially in North America) and one of the abbreviations for American.
4d It’s hunger possibly causing nap (4,5)
SURE THING: an anagram (possibly) of IT’S HUNGER. Nap here is a racing tipster’s most confident offering.
5d Chose ‘jerks’ for entry in dictionary (5)
OPTED: an abbreviation for physical jerks at school goes inside the abbreviation for a major dictionary.
6d Super-affordable channel crop slightly overlapped (4,5)
DIRT CHEAP: synonyms for a channel or trough and a verb to crop or harvest are put together but with an overlap.
7d Worry is in past over Tyneside (7)
AGONISE: insert IS into an adverb meaning past and the abbreviation for the area of England where Tyneside is to be found.
8d Head off from excellent lecture (7)
DEFLECT: concatenate a slang term meaning excellent or very cool and an abbreviation for lecture.
14d Aid which helps you see pier and copse if blurred (9)
PERISCOPE: an anagram (if blurred) of PIER COPSE.
16d Dispense with actors by private words (4,5)
CAST ASIDE: weld together a word for all the actors in a production and words from the stage which can be heard by the audience but not by the other actors.
17d Virtually ideal jab just for you (7)
BESPOKE: a superlative meaning ideal without its last letter precedes another word for a jab or nudge.
18d A chance to weigh up member after fight (7)
VIEWING: a bodily member (of a flying creature) follows a verb to fight or compete.
20d A boozer picked up one about to get coffee (7)
ARABICA: collate A, the reversal of a boozer (the place, not the individual), the Roman numeral for one and an abbreviation meaning about or approximately.
21d Firm party to ribald enterprise (2,5)
AL DENTE: our only hidden answer.
23d Southern term for steel (5)
SWORD: the abbreviation for southern followed by a synonym of term.
24d Close to aghast having taken in what’s on Pirelli? (5)
TREAD: the last letter of aghast and a past participle meaning ‘taken in’ or perused.
I liked 11a and 25a but my favourite clue today was the clever 12a. Which clue(s) featured on your list of likes?