Toughie No 2410 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by The Man with No Name
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning. The sun is shining here in Downtown L I. It is still deathly silent so we can hear the mice in the attic going about their business (Not for much longer they won’t be) Our twelve rehomed hens are becoming more normal as each day passes. When we first released them into their five-star luxury coop they stood stock still not knowing how to be chickens. What a difference freedom makes. What a friendly bunch they are.
Today’s puzzle is a suitably tender Tuesday Toughie. Nothing too obscure and full of Chalicea’s trademark fun.
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7a Secret devotee of Latin, even in translation (9)
VALENTINE: A very nice anagram (in translation) of LATIN EVEN to start us off.
8a Little hut for Mac and Morag as well, with yard (5)
BOTHY: Begin with a word that might describe two people together. Add the abbreviation for yard to find a little hut used to provide shelter on mountains. Our setter has used Mac and Morag to suggest that the answer is Scottish in origin
10a Source of danger lacking power in sacred text (6)
MANTRA: A device that may once have been a source of danger to poachers and trespassers has the initial letter of the word power removed. Make them legal I say.
11a Took exception to profits and material help (8)
GAINSAID: A word meaning profits is followed by a word meaning help, typically of a practical nature
12a Most basic bank website ignoring the odds (6)
BAREST: A bank such as Dogger made of a large sand mass is followed by the odd numbered letters of the word website.
14a Pet butterfly, say (6)
STROKE: A double definition. To pet or caress a pet or a particular style of moving the arms and legs in swimming.
16a Tart left in cooler (4)
FLAN: Place the abbreviation for left inside a rotating cooler
17a Inactive liquor apparatus (5)
STILL: The apparatus used to make spirits (whisky, gin, etc.) can also mean inaction
18a Commonly quit humbug (4)
BUNK: Another double definition. The second being used in a famous quote by Henry Ford. “History is more or less ****. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.”
19a Duke holding base adult party (6)
FIESTA: A duke here is a clenched hand ready for fighting. It needs to hold the relatively new addition to our crosswording memory bank, the logarithmic symbol for base. It’s the letter E. commit it to memory. It’s being used quite a lot lately. In fact, I would like to ask Chalicea when she first became aware of this useful addition to her array of tricks. Add the abbreviation for Adult
21a Brawl after anger almost produces depression (6)
FURROW: Place a loud disturbance (brawl) after a truncated (almost) word meaning extreme anger or violent rage
24a American appeal for help securing top quality insulating material (8)
ASBESTOS: A three-part charade. 1 The abbreviation for American 2 The international Morse Code three-letter Mayday call. 3 A word meaning top as in finest or greatest. Arrange to suit the wordplay
26a Twisted nose is comely in Scotland (6)
SONSIE: Anagram (twisted) of NOSE IS. A new word to me.
27a Chilli used in Mexican chowder (5)
ANCHO: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. Indicated by the word in
28a Doddery elder aunt, not linked by blood (9)
UNRELATED: Anagram (Doddery) of ELDER AUNT. Saint Sharon had three Mums and three Dads. She also has a Sister who is no blood relation whatsoever. I gave up long ago
1d When upset, youth leaves for lunch? (5)
SALAD: A two letter word meaning when is reversed (upset). It is followed by a male youth
2d All others fall: hold back! (8)
RESTRAIN: Two synonyms needed her. One meaning the others and one meaning fall as in water droplets from the sky
3d A flirt with no worries (2,4)
AT EASE: Split 1,5 we have the letter A from the clue followed by a verb meaning to flirt with someone. If you want to see how the youngsters of today go about flirting have a browse through TikTok. You will be either appalled or jealous of their freedoms
4d In good order, arms given up (4)
SNUG: Arms or weapons collectively reversed (given up)
5d Cat runs after its prey (6)
MOUSER: The usual prey of a cat is followed by the cricketing abbreviation for runs.
6d Showing reluctance, northern monarch shoulders honorific Indian title (9)
SHRINKING: The abbreviation for northern is followed by a male monarch. Together they sit beneath a word of Indian origin meaning a title of respect used before the name of a man, a god, or a sacred book.
9d Islam’s regulated prayer book (6)
MISSAL: Anagram (regulated) of ISLAMS. My auntie Nellie bought me of these for Christmas in 1962. I still have it.
13d Criminal one caught by the force (5)
THIEF: The letter that looks like the number one is caught by the word the from the clue. Together they are followed by the abbreviation for force
15d Obvious issue with middle of religious chant (9)
PLAINSONG: A synonym of the word obvious is followed by one’s issue as in children. You either have boys or girls. When you work out which is required you can add the central letter of the word religious
17d Recoil about worker’s crude shelter (6)
SHANTY: A verb meaning to recoil or step suddenly aside from contains one of our two worker insects
18d Treacherously water-borne but neither English nor European pest (5,3)
BROWN RAT: An anagram (treacherously) of WATeR BORNe minus the abbreviations for English and European
20d Surge of rising river essentially overwhelming (6)
SEETHE: A river from the north east of England is reversed (rises) and joins the central two letters of the word overwhelming (essence)
22d More risky section of cutter? (6)
RASHER: A slice of cured meat cut from a section or quarter of a pig.
Farmer Jones got out of his car and while heading for his friend’s door, noticed a pig with a wooden leg. His curiosity roused, he asked, “Fred, how’d that pig get him a wooden leg?”
“Well, Michael, that’s a mighty special pig! A while back a wild boar attacked me while I was walking in the woods. That pig there came a runnin’, went after that boar and chased him away. Saved my life!”
“And the boar tore up his leg?”
“No he was fine after that. But a bit later we had that fire. Started in the shed up against the barn. Well, that ole pig started squealin’ like he was stuck, woke us up, and ‘fore we got out here, the darn thing had herded the other animals out of the barn and saved ’em all!”
“So that’s when he hurt his leg, huh, Fred?”
“No, Michael. He was a might winded, though. When my tractor hit a rock and rolled down the hill into the pond I was knocked clean out. When I came to, that pig had dove into the pond and dragged me out ‘fore I drownded. Sure did save my life.”
“And that was when he hurt his leg?”
“Oh no, he was fine. Cleaned him up, too.”
“OK, Fred. So just tell me. How did he get the wooden leg?”
“Well”, the farmer tells him, “A pig like that, you don’t want to eat all at once!”
23d Four managed outside and survived (5)
LIVED: To manage is to lead. Place a word meaning to have managed outside the Roman numerals for the number four
25d Celebrated 4, name dropping (4)
SUNG: A delightful clue that refers back to 4 down. Take the answer to 4 down and drop the abbreviation for name all the way to the bottom of the word. Too many clues referencing other clues will put me off a puzzle. Once is just right.