Toughie No 2431 by Gila
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Thanks to Gila for a pleasant puzzle which was enjoyable but not too tough.
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1a Sympathetic behaviour principally seen in bearded men, curiously (7,6)
BEDSIDE MANNER: an anagram (curiously) of S[een] IN BEARDED MEN.
9a Begrudge admitting endless desire is on the rise (9)
RESURGENT: a verb to begrudge contains a desire or impulse without its last letter.
10a Time to relax, kid! (5)
TEASE: the abbreviation for time and a verb to relax or loosen.
11a Discontented Americans ultimately say they’ve got to date (2,3)
AS YET: string together the outer letters of Americans and the last letters of three words in the clue.
12a Tied game of rugby seeing both wings sent off (4)
EVEN: start with a form of rugby involving fewer players than in the standard game then remove the outer letters (both wings).
13a Jelly can go awry every now and then (4)
AGAR: regular letters from three words in the clue.
15a Delegates situated in the outskirts of Dartford? (7)
DEPUTES: the definition here is a verb. Insert a past participle meaning situated or placed into the spelled-out letters at either end of Dartford.
17a Scornful language and right after it, audible yawning (7)
SARCASM: the single-letter abbreviation for right follows an abbreviation for “it”. Now append what sounds like a yawning or large opening.
18a Profile clubs playing a series of games abroad? (7)
CONTOUR: the abbreviation for the card suit clubs followed by a phrase (2,4) meaning playing a series of games away from home.
20a Checked the fit of extremely refined clothing that is in fashion (5,2)
TRIED ON: a Russian doll clue. The outer letters of RefineD contain the abbreviation for ‘that is’ and all that goes inside a noun, from French, meaning fashion or style.
21a Healthy produce brought about some cardiac advantages (4)
AÇAI: hidden in reverse in the clue. I didn’t know this term for a small purple fruit valued for its nutritional qualities. It’s claimed that it’s good for your heart (among other things) so I’ve taken this to be a semi-all-in-one clue.
22a Somewhat misleading thing I might signal (4)
ISLE: the answer is hidden and is a word for which I is an abbreviation.
23a Utmost efforts getting over to isolated land (5)
ATOLL: a word for utmost efforts (as in ‘they gave their ***’) contains TO.
26a Equipment put round most of the perimeter (5)
GIRTH: reverse a word for equipment or gear and append two-thirds of the word ‘the’.
27a Queues stopping organs arriving ahead of schedule (9)
EARLINESS: a synonym for the sort of queues we’re now used to seeing outside supermarkets goes inside some bodily organs.
28a Power-hungry people manage oil scam at sea (13)
MEGALOMANIACS: an anagram (at sea) of MANAGE OIL SCAM.
1d Finance business in Belgium earned a huge cut, mostly in error (6,2,6)
BUREAU DE CHANGE: the IVR code for Belgium followed by an anagram (in error) of EARNED A HUGE CU[t].
2d Lifeless, occasionally dour, dirty place (5)
DUSTY: knit together occasional letters from ‘dour’ and a dirty place.
3d Anger from one clergyman given unopened summons (10)
IRRITATION: start with the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviated title given to a bishop then add a summons to appear without its opening C.
4d Small holes allowed to penetrate parts of potatoes (7)
EYELETS: a synonym for allowed is inserted in the name for round spots on a potato from which new shoots can grow.
5d Bullock, for example, about to be held by a lock (7)
ACTRESS: the single-letter abbreviation for about or approximately goes between A and what a lock often is in Crosswordland.
6d Last bits of production to get redone and set to music (4)
NOTE: the definition here is a verb which is assembled from the last letters of four words in the clue.
7d Body of soldiers behind a drug bust (9)
REARGUARD: concatenate another word for behind or buttocks and an anagram (bust) of A DRUG.
8d Removes legal stipulations represented in disclaimers covering term of use (14)
DECRIMINALISES: an anagram (re-presented) of IN DISCLAIMERS containing the terminating letter of [us]E.
14d Following a limited diet is terribly unfair — it primarily alters recipes (10)
FRUITARIAN: an anagram (terribly) of UNFAIR IT A[lters] R[ecipes].
16d Repressed memory restricting limits of acting star (9)
PENTAGRAM: a shortened form of an adjective meaning repressed or ‘held in’ and a type of computer memory contain the outer letters of ‘acting’.
19d Rooms oddly chosen, very possibly where visitors crashed? (7)
ROSWELL: odd letters of ‘rooms’ and an adverb meaning very or considerably give us the name of the place in New Mexico where an Air Force balloon crashed in 1947 giving rise over the years to all sorts of conspiracy theories about UFOs and extraterrestrial visitors.
20d Rule requiring rock to be stored in the mine’s entrance (7)
THEOREM: insert a type of rock or solid mineral aggregate between THE and the first letter of ‘mine’.
24d The final part is over. Great! (5)
OMEGA: forge together the cricket abbreviation for over and an informal adjective meaning great or enormous.
25d Tough person also hot in drag
THUG: insert the abbreviation for hot (as seen on taps) into a verb to drag. ‘also’ seems redundant.
My contenders for podium places were 12a, 20a, 5d and 19d. Which one(s) appealed to you?