Toughie No 2407 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Giovanni seems to have forsworn (at least for the time being) his book of obscurities and has given us a very accessible puzzle. Thanks to him.
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1a Patience shown by soldiers facing defeat, spending time in foreign country (11)
FORBEARANCE: the abbreviation for rank-and-file soldiers and a verb to defeat without the T (spending time) go inside a European country.
9a Keen on scripture, I love to absorb it (4)
INTO: I and what looks like a love score contain part of the Bible.
10a The old woman, one of the celebs who denies the spiritual? (11)
MATERIALIST: string together an informal posh term (from the Latin) for one’s mother, the Roman numeral for one and a way of identifying top celebrities (1-4).
11a Court female in bay (4)
WOOF: a verb to court or ‘seek the hand of’ and the abbreviation for female.
14a Gift of composer capturing the essence of music (7)
HANDSEL: I didn’t know this word for a small gift as a token of good luck, traditionally given at the start of the year in Scotland. Insert the central letter of music into the name of a composer famous for his Water Music.
16a A pretence by journalist feeling guilt (7)
ASHAMED: concatenate A, a pretence or fake and our usual abbreviated journalist.
17a Went by Underground the wrong way in the beginning (5)
DEBUT: reverse a verb meaning went by (the London) Underground. I was a little surprised to find the verb for ‘went by underground’ in the BRB but it’s there.
18a Take her off the highway — a dangerous driver (4)
TOAD: start with a simpler way of saying the highway (3,4) and remove ‘her’ to get the identity of a fictional road-hog. Poop-poop!
19a Weapon in rear with no end of power (4)
STEN: the rear of a seagoing vessel without the last letter of power.
20a Risky enterprise involving one unknown composer (5)
BIZET: a wager containing the Roman numeral for one and a mathematical variable.
22a More than one bird charges around church (7)
FINCHES: a word for charges or financial penalties contains an abbreviation for church.
23a Pull up in theatre before journey here and there (7)
REPROVE: a type of theatre putting on a stock of plays precedes a verb to wander hither and thither.
24a Individual avoiding head, not touching booze left over (4)
NETT: put together a word for an individual person without its first letter and an abbreviation meaning ‘not touching booze’ to get an adjective describing what’s left over, in your pay packet for example, after all deductions.
28a I’m a seducing rogue, aiming for this? (11)
MISGUIDANCE: an anagram (rogue) of I’M A SEDUCING.
29a Sell out seeds finally before spring (4)
SHOP: ‘sell out’ here means betray. The last letter of seeds precedes a verb to spring or bound.
30a Great ire about to be shown to man on pitch? Keep cool! (11)
REFRIGERATE: an anagram (about) of GREAT IRE follows the abbreviation for the man (or woman) on a sporting pitch normally with a whistle.
2d Old sailors hanging round a port (4)
ORAN: abbreviations for old and our naval service contain A to make a port in North Africa.
3d Language when ambassador’s hatched plot (4)
BREW: start with a Middle-Eastern language and remove the abbreviated title of an ambassador (hatched, in the sense of crossed out (I think)).
4d A requirement is being admitted — something baker wants? (7)
ANISEED: A followed by a requirement containing IS.
5d Ancient Scottish lord weighed down by gold (4)
AULD: the abbreviation for lord follows the chemical symbol for gold.
6d Officer wanting short afternoon nap is most comfortable (7)
COSIEST: the abbreviation for (commanding) officer followed by an afternoon nap without its last letter.
7d How some birds fly, showing intelligence? (11)
INFORMATION: split your answer 2,9 for a description of how some birds fly.
8d Girl friends? Don’t fancies run riot! (11)
CONFIDANTES: an anagram (run riot) of DON’T FANCIES.
12d Something requiring a snap decision (5,6)
PHOTO FINISH: cryptic definition of what helps a judge decide the winner in a close race.
13d Personification maybe driving country (11)
INCARNATION: stick together ‘maybe driving’ (2,3) and a synonym for country.
15d Matthew’s trousers (5)
LEVIS: double definition. I just about remembered the alternative name for the apostle (which I probably learnt from a previous Giovanni puzzle, though I’m not sure of that).
16d See one that may be boring argue wrongly (5)
AUGER: an anagram (wrongly) of ARGUE.
20d Aussie’s to mind his manners, we hear, in place of industry (7)
BEEHIVE: this might sound like how an Australian would pronounce a verb to mind his manners.
21d Terrible clique seen after meal (7)
TEARING: another word for a clique or group follows an afternoon meal.
25d Uplifting Indian music? It may be associated with a culture (4)
AGAR: reverse a traditional Indian type of music.
26d Royal survivor of short rebuff (4)
PARR: remove the final Y from a rebuff or ‘turning aside’ to get the final wife of a Tudor king who outlived him.
27d Be off with you! That’s scornful, not half (4)
SCAT: the first half of an adjective meaning scornful or withering.
I ticked 18a and 12d today. Which one(s) did you tick?
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