Toughie No 2418 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Ophelia.
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from the slowly beating heart of Downtown L I. If this is the most happening place in the village I dread to think how dull the outskirts and suburbs must be.
As I write this preamble I am awaiting the delivery of today’s Daily Telegraph for a glimpse of today’s Toughie kindly provided by our very own Silvanus. One feature of a Silvanus puzzle that I look forward to are the excellent surfaces of his clues which are all “sanded down and re-varnished rather than just receiving a waft of the Mr Sheen”. If ever the paper delivery person ever turns up I will set to with gusto.
And so it duly arrived Here is my blog.
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7a Boast made by German after chat about restricting weight (7)
SWAGGER: A three-letter abbreviation of German follows the reverse of a three-letter term for chat or gossip which contains the abbreviation for weight
8a Distinguished artist given space alongside foremost of talents (7)
EMINENT: A very capable and distinguished English Turner Prize winning artist is followed by one of three printers’ spaces which sounds like the letter its space takes up. This is followed by the initial or foremost letter of the word Talents.
10a Acknowledged grass is necessary around small garden feature (9)
RESPONDED: A tall, slender-leaved plant of the grass family surrounds the abbreviation for small and a garden feature which should be full of frog spawn at this time of year
11a Bloomer, or catastrophe to pull out police officers? (5)
ASTER: The abbreviation for detective inspectors needs to be removed from the front of a word synonymous with catastrophe to leave a Michaelmas Daisy
12a Unclear if magazine’s accepting article to replace others originally (5)
VAGUE: An American monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine needs the letter A (article) to replace the letter O (others originally) has anybody ever paid for a single issue of this magazine?
13a City accountant, male needing some dental work (9)
CAMBRIDGE: The abbreviations for Chartered Accountant and Male are followed by an expensive dental procedure involving a Pontic. How many of you have had a Pontic for years without realising?
15a Three times required to ring university? Extremely upset son expresses disapproval (3-4)
TUT-TUTS: Begin with three abbreviations for times. Place them carefully around the abbreviation for university. Add the outer letters (extremely) of upset and the abbreviation for son
17a Airline occasionally kept charge back on board for hot drink (4,3)
BEEF TEA: The even numbered letters of the word kept together with a charge for advice or services are reversed (about) and placed inside (on board) our national airline.
18a Repeatedly discovered Wendy fears bingo is becoming attractive (9)
ENDEARING: Remove the outer letters of the three words immediately following the words repeatedly discovered
20a Sudden increase in material being broadcast (5)
SURGE: The material here is a durable twilled woollen or worsted fabric. It sounds like a sudden increase or swell
21a Person who gives name entering house, say (5)
DONOR: The abbreviation for name sits inside what sounds like the house of a Parisian perfumier
23a Policeman from Vice vetted criminal, one very withdrawn (9)
DETECTIVE: Anagram (criminal) of VICE VETTED minus one letter V. Very withdrawn
24a Drowsy and moving unsteadily, about close to exhaustion (7)
YAWNING: A term used to describe unsteady movement of aircraft or boats sits around the last letter of the word exhaustion
25a Capacity to provide satisfaction (7)
CONTENT: A rather nice double definition to finish off the across clues.
1d Shrewd language little good in front of heartless heavyweight journalist (3-7)
FAR-SIGHTED: A four-part charade 1. A Persian language 2. The abbreviation for good 3. The outer letters of the word heavyweight 4 Our favourite journalist
2d Pay no attention to Italian gentleman with face cut (6)
IGNORE: We need an Italian gentleman minus his first letter
3d Modified crop study shortly will deliver results (8)
PRODUCTS: Anagram (modified) of CROP STUDy
4d Rarely is student wearing revolutionary fashions (6)
SELDOM: A word meaning fashions or styles in clothes art or literature is reversed and placed around the abbreviation for a student or learner
5d Quarrel said to erupt with sarcastic expression describing Republican (8)
DISAGREE: An anagram (to erupt) of SAID is followed by a mildly sarcastic expression, typically of surprise, enthusiasm, or sympathy which surrounds the abbreviation of Republican
6d Sufficient number barely realising what follows what comes next? (4)
LENT: A word meaning a sufficient number has its outer letters removed to leave a word that describes what follows the answer to the next down clue.
7d You’ve hat and dress sorted for spring blow-out? (6,7)
SHROVE TUESDAY: Anagram (sorted) of YOU’VE HAT and DRESS
9d Worried vet heartened by British missing equestrian competition (5-3,5)
THREE-DAY EVENT: Anagram (Worried) of VET HEARTENED plus the letter Y that comes from the word BY after the abbreviation for British is removed.
The enumeration for this clue differs on various platforms. Either 5,3,5 or 5-3,5 or 9,5 The words that make up the rather obvious answer are the same. Life is too short to bother.
14d Something done to keep period at home fixed (10)
DETERMINED: A word meaning something done such as an action or feat contains a period of time maybe part of a school year and a word meaning at home
16d Fearless peacekeepers advanced and became edgy, reportedly … (8)
UNAFRAID: The abbreviation for our United Nations peacekeepers is followed by the abbreviation for advanced. This is followed by a homophone based on a synonym of the word edgy or of a person’s nerves, frazzled
17d … significant moment defending second display of force (3,5)
BIG STICK: Two synonyms surround the abbreviation for second. First a synonym of significant. Then a synonym of moment as in a short space of time
19d Colour that’s receding in sheepdog I’d nicknamed (6)
INDIGO: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. Indicated by the word in. as befits a Toughie puzzle the word you are looking for is reversed as indicated by the words that’s receding
20d Give support to subordinate (6)
SECOND: Double definition number two. Both accessible
22d All-points bulletin? (4)
NEWS: The four points of the compass together make up the name of a bulletin of current affairs
A rather endearing but eminent Cambridge detective responded on Shrove Tuesday to the vague news of a surge of trouble at the Indigo Beef Tea Products stand at a three day event. Yawning, unafraid and far sighted enough not to ignore this seldom seen situation he was there in a second all a swagger waving his big stick to the sound of tut tuts from those who disagree with such savagery. A kindly blood donor lent him an aster to calm him down.