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Toughie 2307

Toughie No 2307 by Chalicea

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Yet another cracking puzzle from Chalicea, one of my favourite setters, is the highlight of my day.

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1a    Company minutes assure accommodation (10)
COMPROMISE: CO(mpany) followed by M(inutes) and a verb meaning to assure

6a    Bluster about wrangle (4)
CROW: the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by a wrangle or argument

10a    Historically, coin article on support from the Right (5)
ANGEL: the two-letter indefinite article followed by the reversal (from the right) of a support, like one for a table or chair

11a    Custom of resolved administrator ditching defective arms (9)
TRADITION: an anagram (resolved) of [A]D[M]INI[S]T[R]ATOR after removing (ditching) the various letters (defective) of ARMS

12a    Rigorous internet protocol limiting daughter’s misfortune (8)
HARDSHIP: a five-letter adjective meaning rigorous and the abbreviation for Internet Protocol around (limiting) D(aughter)

13a    Short of money at first on other side of Atlantic (5)
MINUS: the initial letter (at first) of M[oney] followed by a phrase (2,2) which could mean the other side of the pond

15a    Old hand editor left out (7)
OMITTED: O(ld) followed by another word for the hand and ED(itor)

17a    Perform better than form, essentially, away from house (7)
OUTDOOR: a five-letter verb meaning to perform better than ff the inner letters (essentially) of [f]OR[m]

19a    Type of light lake punt associated with Royal Navy (7)
LANTERN: L(ake) followed by a punt or stake and the abbreviation for the Royal Navy

21a    Listener’s problem; endlessly hears fact she’d gathered (7)
EARACHE: drop the outer letters (endlessly) from three words in the clue and then run them together (gathered)

22a    Clunkiest shabby knit dropped revealing these (5)
CLUES: rather like in 11a, drop the various letters (shabby) of KNIT from CLU[NKI]ES[T], only this time the answer does not require the remaining letters to be rearranged hence there is no need for a further anagram indicator

24a    Umpire’s new skill going west in change of club? (8)
TRANSFER: a three-letter abbreviated umpire, the S from ‘S, N(ew) and a skill are all reversed (going west in an across clue)

27a    Understand concern, not small, about public relations (9)
INTERPRET: start with a word meaning interest, as in a matter of interest, drop the S(mall) and insert the abbreviation for Public Relations

28a    Part of administration’s relative magnitude (5)
RATIO: hidden (part of) inside the clue

29a    Desire once held disappears now and then (4)
NEED: drop (disappears) the odd letters (now and then) from two words in the clue

30a    Support management acquiring large classroom item (10)
BLACKBOARD: put a four-letter verb meaning to back and a general term for the management of a business around (acquiring) L(arge)


1d    Scratch copyright code of conduct (4)
CLAW: this verb meaning to scratch is derived from C(opyright) followed by a code of conduct

2d    Aircraft designers apportion movement from one part to another (9)
MIGRATION: a company of Soviet aircraft designers followed by a verb meaning to apportion

3d    Agitated, turning up lightheaded, without promissory notes (5)
RILED: start with an adjective meaning lightheaded, drop (without) the IOUs (promissory notes) and then reverse ( turning up in a down clue) what remains

4d    Flaming thing Sheeran made harmonious (7)
MATCHED: a small device that provides a flame followed by the first name of singer Sheeran

5d    Detergent‘s bogus power over heart of pathogens (7)
SHAMPOO: a word meaning bogus followed by P(ower), O(ver) and the idle letter (heart) of [path]O[gens]

7d    Predominance of downpours we’re told (5)
REIGN: sounds like (we’re told) some downpours – although downpours is plural, the synonym is a mass noun

8d    Motor part engineer screwed in with nitrogen (10)
WINDSCREEN: an anagram (engineer) of SCREWED IN with N(itrogen)

9d    Measure of revolutionary network supporting upset servant (8)
DIAMETER: the reversal (revolutionary) of an elaborate network of blood vessels or nerve cells below (supporting) the reversal (upset) of a female servant

14d    Pass over poll, lacking energy for gathering input (10)
COLLECTION: a mountain pass followed by a poll without (lacking) its initial E(nergy)

16d    State department judge ensnaring a user wrongly (8)
TREASURY: a verb meaning to judge in a court of law around (ensnaring) an anagram (wrongly) of A USER

18d    Players with excited roar about 16, say (9)
ORCHESTRA: an anagram (excited) of ROAR around a word meaning the same as 16 Down (but as a box in which to store valuable items, not the Department of State in the clue)

20d    Yellowish brown rising Russian river’s not abnormal (7)
NATURAL: the reversal (rising) of a yellowish-brown colour followed by a Russian river

21d    Feature of laciest pants? (7)
ELASTIC: an anagram (pants) of LACIEST

23d    Unshackle the BBC, sacking staff essentially (5)
UNTIE: an affectionate term for the BBC without (sacking) the middle letter (essentially) of [st]A[ff]

25d    Scour stunted trees and bushes (5)
SCRUB: two definitions – the second being a combination of several definitions of the answer in the BRB – 1.A stunted tree 2.Stunted trees and shrubs collectively 3.Brushwood 4.Country covered with bushes or low trees

26d    Temporary state of mounting catastrophe (4)
MOOD: the reversal (mounting in a down clue) of a catastrophe

As usual, you can rely on Chalicea’s use of Chambers – the Big Red Book – as her source of the definitions in this puzzle.


22 comments on “Toughie 2307

  1. A thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from Chalicea which based on my solving time might have been in the wrong envelope, completed at a Toughie fast gallop – 1.5*/4.5*.
    Favourite – 22a,
    Thanks to Chalicea and BD.

  2. This was nicely challenging but not too tough and a lot of fun. I had no particular favourite – all the clues were very good.

    I don’t think I knew either the coin in 10a or the network in 9d before.

    Many thanks to Chalicea and to BD.

  3. Very pleasant but not overly taxing puzzle – thanks to Chalicea and BD.
    I didn’t know the 9d network but it had to be what it was and the BRB confirmed it.
    My podium candidates are 13a, 21a and 23d.

  4. A pleasant puzzle that was not too difficult. I had not heard of the coin or the biological network. I decided that 9d had to be the actual answer and I wrote it in assuming that the revolutionary network was the sort of thing used to measure ones gas or electricity usage (which do contain rotating things) with a three letter inverted “servant” without a final e. It was rather unsatisfactory parsing and I am grateful for the blog putting me right

    Thanks to setter and BD

  5. I do like Chalicea crosswords a lot, but I do think they’d be better placed on the back page of the paper.

    Thanks to her and BD

  6. Enjoyed this though I don’t think 5d is a detergent.
    11a and 22a were very clever and I enjoyed a giggle over 21d. However, the illustration was not as naughty as I expected.
    Thanks to blogger and setter.

          1. Of course, this pair like the original pair (which I rather liked – they brought to mind a favourite University Challenge quiz master) did confirm the solution of the clue in their stretchiness. I expected 22a to be the favourite clue, prompting naughty thoughts, but Big Dave has stolen the show with his lovely frillies.

    1. Have to agree with you really, JB, about the detergent but, as Big Dave says, I do rely on the Big Red Book for definitions (John Henderson/Enigmatist at the IQ told me years ago that I need to be a little more adventurous and escape from my dependency on Chambers) and that is where I got the detergent idea for a word that is difficult to define without giving too much away – I did once use a carpet ‘detergent’ of this kind and dramatically shrank my sister’s carpet – beyond repair.

      1. Unfortunately a Telegraph subscription does not deliver the Toughie to ones iPad but it does deliver the newspaper to ones door. What a waste. So I solve the Toughie with a pen. Then when I read the blog I have very little idea about comments referring to specific clues. It frustrates me greatly that the Toughie is not included in the subscription package. It also pisses me off that The Daily Telegraph continues with it’s premium rate telephone line to rip people off for answers although if you are daft enough to phone a line that begins 09 you are probably not going to complete a Daily Telegraph Cryptic puzzle without help. If God didn’t want them shorn he wouldn’t have made them sheep. Nobody learns from the premium rate phone line but plenty learn from the blog.

  7. A very pleasant, if not very challenging, puzzle. No particular favourite–all good. I agree with the above. BD you should have done better with your illustration for 21d. I was expecting naughtier! I didn’t know the network either, but I suspect it will turn up again since it has some nice letters for inside longer words–must remember!

  8. For some reason it took me a long time to get started as I persisted in trying to gain a foothold in the NW. When this didn’t happen I went to the SW and solved the puzzle anti-clockwise from that point. I thought it a very enjoyable puzzle and it took me longer than it probably should’ve done to complete.

    Thanks to BD and Chalicea

  9. We did need to check the coin in 10a as it was new to us but not much hold-up there. Good fun all the way with a generous sprinkling of chuckle inducing clues.
    Thanks Chalicea and BD.

  10. Enjoyable puzzle: thanks to Chalicea and Big Dave.

    Favourite was 2d.

    Had the most problem with the definition of 5d, but at least I now know why my hair is thinning. Think I’ll use Daz from now on!

  11. Thanks to Chalicea and to Big Dave for the review and hints. I found this great fun, spent quite a while on it. Got stuck in the NW corner, needed the hints for 1&10a. Favourite was 5d.

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