Toughie No 2383 by Samuel
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ****
I enjoyed this puzzle from our editor with its good dose of humour. My main difficulties came from queries of the type ‘How does that mean that?’ followed shortly by ‘Ah, that’s how!’.
Thanks to Samuel.
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1a Access to go round Bill’s track (10)
RACECOURSE: a synonym for access as in ‘having access to’ contains the abbreviation for a bill or invoice.
6a Go and party (4)
BASH: double definition, the first being a try or attempt.
9a Bond’s raced to find one of a group on the high street? (5,5)
CHAIN STORE: stick together another word for a bond or fetter, the ‘S and an informal verb meaning raced or moved quickly.
10a Most of posse fighting with this nasty piece of work could be hopeless (4)
HEEL: this is a compound anagram. If you make an anagram (fighting) of POSS[e] plus the answer you get ‘hopeless’.
12a Guy felt negative about clothes (4)
GENT: hidden in reverse.
13a Fund artist needing endless help for exhibition, ultimately (9)
RESERVOIR: start with the name of a French Impressionist painter and replace the ultimate letter of exhibitioN with all but the final letter of a verb to help or be of use.
15a Quite a different (and touching) expression for summer? (8)
EQUATION: an anagram (different) of QUITE A is followed by a preposition meaning touching or in contact with.
16a Reveal nothing about European victor returning to follow United (6)
UNVEIL: a word meaning nothing contains the reversal of an abbreviation of European and the letter that victor represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. All that follows the abbreviation for united.
18a Tastier drink, reportedly a delicacy (6)
NICETY: to some people (but not to me) this sounds like a more pleasant hot drink (5,3).
20a Parasites, unknown number, spot host (8)
LICENSEE: string together some nasty little parasitic insects, the letter used in maths to mean an unknown number and a verb to spot.
23a Attack deacon running to cuddle girl (9)
CANNONADE: an anagram (running, in the sense of becoming fluid) of DEACON contains a 3-letter female name.
24a Spluttered, making argument (4)
SPAT: double definition, the second a petty quarrel or tiff.
26a Tramps exposed source of music? (4)
OBOE: another word for tramps or vagrants without its outer letters.
27a Unexpected to receive Oscar for a Western (10)
OCCIDENTAL: start with an adjective meaning unexpected or inadvertent and replace the (first) A with the letter that Oscar represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
28a Depression over new setback (4)
SNAG: a depression or decline contains the abbreviation for new.
29a Popular flier planned to avoid American in captivity (10)
INTERNMENT: splice together an informal adjective meaning popular or trendy, a type of seabird and a verb meaning planned or intended without the single-letter abbreviation for American.
1d Stagger from film finishing early (4)
ROCK: the title of a 1970s film without its last letter.
2d Teach to run a posh estate (7)
CHATEAU: an anagram (to run) of TEACH precedes A and the letter used to mean posh. Run is obviously the anagram indicator du jour – see 23a.
3d Company must replace leader of organisation — that’s the law! (12)
CONSTITUTION: the usual abbreviation for a company replaces the first letter of a word for an organisation or foundation.
4d Corrupt trio rule in the future (8)
ULTERIOR: an anagram (corrupt) of TRIO RULE. I wasn’t aware of this meaning of the answer but it’s in the BRB.
5d Pressure finally breaks lock (6)
STRESS: the final letter of breaks and what a lock tends to be in Crosswordland.
7d Stitch up Cockney dwelling south of area that’s outstanding (7)
AWESOME: the reversal of a verb to stitch and how a Cockney would pronounce a domestic dwelling follow the abbreviation for area.
8d Preacher reportedly punctured car (4,6)
HOLY ROLLER: glue together what sounds like an adjective meaning ‘with punctures’ and an informal term for a posh make of car to get a member of an evangelical group given to frenzied movements.
11d Book German genius missing first international (12)
FRANKENSTEIN: combine a member of an old Germanic people and the name of a scientific genius without the first of his abbreviations for international.
14d Malevolent prince misrepresented debts (10)
PERNICIOUS: weld together an anagram (misrepresented) of PRINCE and our usual debts.
17d In the event of uprising, live somewhere warm (8)
FIRESIDE: reverse a conjunction meaning ‘in the event of’ and append a verb to live or dwell.
19d Uri perhaps seen with a footballer (7)
CANTONA: Uri here is not the cutlery manipulator but an example of an administrative area in Switzerland. Add A to get an old footballer most famous for launching a drop kick at a spectator who had annoyed him.
21d Large number work to dismiss one in city (7)
SEATTLE: start with a word for a large number (a *** of troubles, as Shakespeare had it) and add the name of an artistic work without the Roman numeral for one.
22d Conservative supports banker, flighty type (6)
FALCON: one of the abbreviations for Conservative follows a ‘banker’ in Cornwall.
25d Plan quietly to crush man with salty wife (4)
PLOT: the musical abbreviation for quietly precedes the name of an Old Testament chap whose wife suddenly became more salty.
I ticked 9a, 8d and 11d but my favourite clue was 25d. Which one(s) did you consider worthy of getting on the podium?