Toughie No 2411 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I hope that you are all taking care and coping in these troubling times. I made my weekly trip to Sainsbury’s this morning and had to queue 50 minutes in a long spaced-out line snaking round the car park before getting into the store – the weather was fine and there was quite a bit of banter exchanged (at a distance) between some of us in the queue so it wasn’t too much of a chore but it wouldn’t be much fun in the rain.
Donnybrook has given us a fun puzzle which didn’t cause many problems – thanks to him.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Place to unburden dreadful lesson of Cain (12)
CONFESSIONAL: an anagram (dreadful) of LESSON OF CAIN.
8a Potential cause of tears involving religious view (7)
OPINION: what may make you cry in the kitchen includes a short adjective meaning religious or sanctimonious.
9a Temperature is uncontrollable: one coming in makes assessments (7)
TRIAGES: join together the abbreviation for temperature and a verb meaning ‘is uncontrollable’ or ‘is turbulent’ containing the Roman numeral for one.
11a Unsettled duck in front of greenery when last rook departs (7)
OVERDUE: the letter resembling a duck at cricket followed by a word for green vegetation without its second and final abbreviation for rook.
12a Play including moon for miniature scene (7)
DIORAMA: another word for a play contains one of the moons of Jupiter.
13a Support given about engaging English poet (5)
YEATS: reverse a verb to support or buttress containing the single-letter abbreviation for English to get this poet.
14a Where midfielder may show skill casually (2,7)
IN PASSING: where a footballing midfielder’s talents may lie.
16a Zest shown by someone disappointing PM once (5,4)
LEMON PEEL: charade of a slang term for someone who’s disappointing or worthless and the name of the 19th century Prime Minister who established the Metropolitan Police.
19a Accessed butter, tonnes having been imported (3,2)
GOT AT: an animal that butts containing the symbol for tonnes. The symbol for tonnes (as opposed to tons) is not in the BRB but it is in Collins.
21a Attire worn by bishop? (7)
BIRETTA: a very neat all-in-one clue. An anagram (worn) of ATTIRE follows the chess abbreviation for bishop.
23a Soldier shot back to cover second-in-command (7)
TROOPER: reverse a shot or bang containing the second letter of cOmmand.
24a Artwork featuring headless parrot inside wire bars (7)
COLLAGE: remove the first letter from a common name for a parrot and insert what’s left into a structure usually made from wire bars.
25a Nuncio upset about king’s mythical creature (7)
UNICORN: an anagram (upset) of NUNCIO contains one of the abbreviations for king.
26a So he prefers a zip — sensible chap (2,5,2,3)
NO FLIES ON HIM: humorous inference that his trousers must have a zip.
1d Lion-headed monster to correspond with hawk-headed god (7)
CHIMERA: charade of a verb to correspond or be in harmony and the hawk-headed god from Egyptian mythology.
2d Nymphs in car heading north across main road (7)
NAIADES: reverse the North American and New Zealand word for a large closed car (which we tend to call a saloon) and insert the designation of the road going from Edinburgh to London.
3d Comic, Eagle, keeping one enlightened (5,4)
ERNIE WISE: bring together the name of a sea eagle containing the Roman numeral for one and an adjective meaning enlightened or knowledgeable to get the name of an English comic and ‘playwright’.
4d Spoken with vision, having been assigned position (5)
SITED: this sounds like ‘having vision’.
5d Ring operator, ringing round, hinting at trouble (7)
OMINOUS: start with the ring-shaped letter and add an arithmetical operator containing something round (and familiar).
6d Answer four consecutive letters about an Asian currency (7)
AFGHANI: bring together an abbreviation for answer and four consecutive letters from the alphabet containing AN.
7d Unexpansive, like John, Paul and George, but not Ringo (12)
MONOSYLLABIC: the answer describes someone who is the opposite of talkative. In pronunciation it applies to the first three names but not to Ringo.
10d Make one joyous sound about another killing (12)
SLAUGHTERING: a verb to make a joyous sound contains a word for joy or jocularity.
15d Drunk bowled in to serve old Soviet executive (9)
POLITBURO: insert a slang word for drunk and the cricket abbreviation for bowled into a verb to serve or decant then finish with the abbreviation for old.
17d Again allow skinned fruit (7)
MORELLO: stick together an adverb meaning again and the inner letters of ‘allow’.
18d Before dance catch game (7)
NETBALL: a formal dance preceded by a verb to catch or capture.
19d Sticky fare perhaps reasonable (7)
GOODISH: split 3,4 this could possibly be something sticky to eat.
20d Thanks for order in bar (7)
TAPROOM: assemble a brief word of thanks, a prefix meaning for or ‘in favour of’ and an order or award.
22d Alpine ridge needs some spare tents (5)
ARÊTE: hidden in the clue.
I liked 8a, 3d and 7d but my favourite was 21a. Which one(s) chimed with you?
The guy sat next to me on the train pulled out a photo of his wife and said, “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?”
I said, “If you think she’s beautiful, you should see my girlfriend.”
He said, “Why? Is she a stunner?”
I said, “No, she’s an optician.”