Toughie No 2371 by Gila
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Gila has given us a fairly straightforward puzzle today with some solid clues but nothing to really set the pulses racing. Thanks to him.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Middle of massive empty cupboards stuffed with vintage carpets (6)
SCOLDS: start with the middle letter of massive then insert a synonym of vintage or ancient into the outer letters of cupboards.
5a Old bit of kitchenware taken by extremely cheeky tenant (6)
OCCUPY: the definition here is a verb, not a noun. Assemble the abbreviation for old and the outer letters of cheeky containing an item of kitchenware (I’d describe it as an item of tableware rather than kitchenware but it’s a minor point).
10a Addiction is slightly hard at first (5)
HABIT: slightly (1,3) prefixed by the abbreviation for hard.
11a Complete getting better without unlimited jabs (3-3-3)
OUT-AND-OUT: if you insert the central letters of jabs into the answer you get a phrase meaning convalescent.
12a Ducks seen regularly flying around part of a cruise ship (7)
SUNDECK: an anagram (flying around) of DUCKS and [s]E[e]N.
13a Feeling of love appearing in no time, unexpectedly (7)
EMOTION: an anagram (unexpectedly) of NO TIME contains the letter that resembles a tennis score of love.
14a Small steps leading to cool NASA vehicle? (9)
SPACESHIP: string together the abbreviation for small in clothing sizes, a verb meaning steps or walks and an informal word meaning cool or trendy.
17a Freak out and stare with mouth open over nothing (2,3)
GO APE: a verb to stare open-mouthed contains the zero-resembling letter.
18a Retiring professor gets to come over boorish (5)
GROSS: hidden in reverse.
19a Traders ultimately falter and suffer, shown in terse broadcast (9)
RETAILERS: start with the ultimate letter of falter then insert a verb to suffer into an anagram (broadcast) of TERSE.
21a Distinguished peer interrupted by cheers (7)
NOTABLE: a peer contains a short informal word meaning ‘cheers!’ or ‘thanks!’.
23a Mobile’s location in a research room starts to aid medical activities (7)
ALABAMA: Mobile is a US Port on the Gulf of Mexico. Knit together A, an informal word for a room where scientific research takes place and the starting letters of the last three words of the clue.
25a Log container crossing a harbour (9)
ENTERTAIN: a verb to log or put on file followed by a metal container holding A.
26a Dirty cap removed and lubricated (5)
OILED: an adjective meaning dirty or grubby without its leading letter.
27a Fly places to fill time on vacation (6)
TSETSE: a verb meaning places or positions goes inside the outer letters of time.
28a Gives out, eyelids fluttering with energy singularly gone (6)
YIELDS: an anagram (fluttering) of EY[e]LIDS without one of the abbreviations for energy.
2d Basic home essentially lacks a means of waste disposal (5)
CABIN: glue together the central letter of ‘lacks’, A and something in which to dispose of waste.
3d Flexibility outside the rules succeeded (9)
LITHENESS: rules are straight ***** printed or drawn on paper. Put those around THE and finish with the genealogical abbreviation for succeeded.
4d Conventionally used cooking ingredient (5)
STOCK: double definition, the first an adjective meaning customary or routine.
5d Ten photos developed there and then (2,3,4)
ON THE SPOT: an anagram (developed) of TEN PHOTOS.
6d Somewhat frantic and oddly positive in attitude (3-2)
7d Cattle fed to jungle animal next (9)
PROXIMATE: insert a bovine animal into a type of mammal typically living in the jungle.
8d Good party organisers will provide spirits (6)
GHOSTS: the abbreviation for good and those throwing a party.
9d Example lacking in opinion (6)
STANCE: remove IN from another word for example.
15d Rats in a group circling under the entrance to Angel station (9)
APOSTATES: A and the reversal of a group or clique follow the first letter of Angel and another word for a station or assigned position.
16d Sporting contest, seeing people up front run in short pants (5,4)
HORSE RACE: a word for a people or nation is preceded (up front) by a word meaning close-fitting breeches (often worn with a doublet) containing the cricket abbreviation for runs.
17d Ignore help and try breaking toenail (2,2,5)
GO IT ALONE: a word for a try or stab followed by an anagram (breaking) of TOENAIL.
18d Horse rearing upset angry-looking bird (6)
GANDER: reverse an old horse then reverse an adjective meaning angry-looking.
20d Browse through passport, say, when coming northwards from Oslo? (6)
SCANDI: a verb to browse or look through is followed by the reversal of an abbreviation for what could be a passport.
22d Seed cases finally just split open (5)
BURST: the alternative spelling for prickly seed-cases followed by the final letter of just.
23d Uncovered sound systems get on people’s nerves (5)
ANNOY: the trademarked name for a type of public address systems loses its top letter.
24d After the end of Zumba, I ran and was sick (5)
AILED: you live and learn – I thought that Zumba was a city in Malawi but it turns out that it’s a sort of keep-fit regime involving dancing (at least that makes the surface more credible!). Weld together the end letter of Zumba, I and a verb meaning ran or controlled.
My favourite clue was 23a for the attempted misdirection. Which one(s) made you smile?