Toughie No 2391 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
This didn’t provide too many problems apart from 11a which I’d not heard of and which I needed to look up. The clueing, as always from Giovanni, is precise but there’s not much pizzazz.
Thanks to Giovanni.
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1a Listener in inn about to deal with situation (4,2)
BEAR UP: insert a listening organ into the reversal of an informal word for an inn.
4a Pale, in pain, showed sign of injury externally (8)
BLEACHED: a verb meaning ‘showed a reddish (or possibly bluish if you’re an aristocrat) sign of injury’ contains a nagging pain.
9a Uncultivated chap lacking English, penning article (6)
FALLOW: another word for a chap loses an abbreviation for English and contains an indefinite article in its place.
10a Angels start to spend time with that man keeping quiet (8)
SERAPHIM: string together the starting letter of spend, a long period of time and a pronoun identifying ‘that man’. Finally insert the musical abbreviation for quiet.
11a Small gift that could be appealing (9)
LAGNIAPPE: an anagram (could be) of APPEALING gives us a small gift or gratuity. Not a word I knew and Collins says it’s a US word.
13a A bloke hoarding millions in the capital (5)
AMMAN: A and a more formal word for bloke contain the abbreviation for millions.
14a Aid to a certain diagnosis — inaction seems out of order (13)
AMNIOCENTESIS: an anagram (out of order) of INACTION SEEMS.
17a Tried with difficulty to get guys to agree, causing harm (13)
DETRIMENTALLY: bring together an anagram (with difficulty) of TRIED, another word for guys or chaps and a verb to agree or correspond.
21a Stupid group of schoolchildren taking the wrong direction (5)
CRASS: start with a group of schoolchildren taught together and change the abbreviation for a direction to the opposite direction.
23a Go to have a fight, showing change of mind (9)
TURNABOUT: glue together a synonym for go or move (in a board game, say), A and a fight or match.
24a A tiny dog, misbehaving, playing up (8)
TOADYING: an anagram (misbehaving) of A TINY DOG.
25a Nothing right in that lot’s speculation (6)
THEORY: insert the letter that resembles nothing and an abbreviation for right into a pronoun identifying ‘that lot’ or ‘those people’.
26a I guess ID may be tricky with this (8)
DISGUISE: a semi-all-in-one with the answer being an anagram (may be tricky) of I GUESS ID.
27a Like some hot food (including noodles primarily) in China (6)
FRIEND: include the primary letter of noodles into how some food may have been cooked.
1d Confound the regulator! (6)
BAFFLE: double definition, the second being a device used to restrain the flow of a liquid or gas.
2d Everyone with great person is full of energy and loyal (9)
ALLEGIANT: knit together a synonym for everyone and a great or tall person and insert the abbreviation for energy.
3d You ultimately number one chap, as befits a wonderful dream? (7)
UTOPIAN: concatenate the ultimate letter of ‘you’, an adjective meaning ‘number one’ or first and a male forename.
5d Expose falsehood with this or let deceit run free (3,8)
LIE DETECTOR: an anagram (run free) of OR LET DECEIT.
6d Ancient gardener, one maybe working very hard (7)
ADAMANT: combine the name of the Old Testament gardener and an insect whose female is a worker.
7d Dull little house with buzzing sound (2-3)
HO-HUM: the abbreviation for house and the buzzing sound (of certain insects, say).
8d Shallow vessel containing little drop (8)
DIMINISH: a shallow vessel contains an adjective meaning little.
12d Christians in favour of both parts of Bible, except for this writer (11)
PROTESTANTS: weld together a prefix meaning ‘in favour of’ and a word for the two parts of the Bible without the pronoun used to identify the writer objectively.
15d Blast you, endless moaners! I get the message! (3,2,4)
SAY NO MORE: an anagram (blast) of YO[u] MOANERS.
16d About old bit of Venice, European editor must be well informed (8)
EDUCATED: bit here is a coin and we want the name of a coin issued by a succession of rulers of Venice. Around that place abbreviations for European and editor.
18d The solver must respond with an answer? How ridiculous! (1,3,3)
I ASK YOU: the setter is making a request of the solver.
19d One hates fuss about love (7)
LOATHER: a word meaning fuss or state of agitation contains the letter that resembles a score of love.
20d Didn’t go quiet from what we hear? (6)
STAYED: this sounds like an adjective meaning quiet or sedate.
22d Collect in a church service (5)
AMASS: for our old chestnut we have to join A and a church service.
My favourite clue was 26a. How about you?