Toughie No 2466 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Wilson Keppel and Betty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Good morning from the heart of Downtown LI. Where the sunshine is being bullied away by rain clouds which don’t look too threatening yet. We will see.
Silvanus has given us a lightly testing Toughie today with enough anagrams to give a head start to solvers.
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1a On vacation, repeatedly exasperating guests before noon order such dish (4,8)
EGGS BENEDICT: Remove the central letters of the three words following the words on vacation repeatedly. Add the abbreviation for Noon and add an official order or proclamation issued by one in authority. What a nice way to begin a crossword. More hollandaise please.
8a Place of retreat when becoming overwhelmed by Love Island? (5)
OASIS: Our regular two-letter substitution for when is preceded by the letter representing the love score in tennis and followed by an abbreviation for island
9a Net prices fixed for review once again (9)
REINSPECT: Anagram (fixed) of NET PRICES
11a ‘Estimated period to complete work is surprisingly elastic’, this writer interjects (9)
TIMESCALE: An anagram (surprisingly) of ELASTIC sits around a pronoun personal to the setter
12a Bread for variety of birds (5)
PITTA: A double definition. The first being edible as a kebab only after a skinful of beer
13a Obstinate type describes elected American congressman originally as very unimportant (9)
MINUSCULE: A four-part charade with instructions. 1 A four-legged obstinate type. 2 A word meaning elected. 3 The regular abbreviation for America as a country not as a continent. 4 The abbreviation for congressman. The word describes suggests what goes where.
16a Record second case of occultism in Derby home (5)
EPSOM: Begin with a record. One of those shiny black round types of records usually containing four tracks. Add the abbreviation for second. Add the external letters of the word occultism. A topical clue for the time of year
18a Faithful ally, excited to receive Oscar (5)
LOYAL: An anagram (exited) of ALLY surrounds the letter suggested by Oscar in the phonetic alphabet
19a Turn away from East London footballers, shortly after endless team reverses (9)
DISORIENT: A word describing a team but minus its last letter is reversed and followed by an East London football team based in Leyton
20a Errors when texting certain blood donors, we hear (5)
TYPOS: Keyboard errors are also a homophone describing those having the most common blood group
22a Regulations initially one changes, covering fifty competitions (9)
RIVALRIES: Begin with the initial letter of the word regulations. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Add a synonym of the word changes which needs the Roman numeral for fifty inserting
25a Untrustworthy daughter, she is not reforming (9)
DISHONEST: The abbreviation for daughter is followed by an anagram (reforming) of SHE IS NOT
26a Tail end of film we skipped (5)
STERN: A type of film such as The Magnificent Seven needs to lose the word WE
27a Having lost weight, injured otters eat well; do they always avoid slugs? (12)
TEETOTALLERS: Anagram (injured) of OTTERS EAT (w)ELL. The letter W is taken out by the words having lost weight
1d Eyes on Amy wrongly getting reward for little effort (4,5)
EASY MONEY: Anagram (wrongly) of EYES ON AMY
2d He and CO seen together, symbolic of what? (5)
GASES: I’m no chemist but I think He is Helium and CO is Carbon Monoxide. Not liquids and not solids.
3d Pouch aboard airline guards regularly ignored (5)
BURSA: The abbreviation of our national nationalised airline is split by every other letter of the word guards
4d Silent first officer, inept to forget uniform (9)
NOISELESS: Split 2,1 how a first officer might be referred as, or indeed the big cheese of any organisation. Actually, an abbreviation of number and the number one itself. This is followed by a synonym of the word inept minus the letter suggested by uniform in the phonetic alphabet
5d Show contempt for dad overturning fruit split (9)
DISAPPEAR: an informal verb meaning to speak disrespectfully to is followed by the reversal of an endearing term for one’s father and a fruit grown in an orchard
6d Split, Croatia’s top port? (5)
CLEFT: The initial or top letter of the word Croatia is followed by the side of a ship known as port by seamen
7d Intended new model will break virtually all rules (12)
CONTEMPLATED: The abbreviation for new and a model (a shaped piece of rigid material used as a pattern for processes such as cutting out) sit together inside a set of rules minus its last letter
10d Amusing trait strangely causing great distress (12)
TRAUMATISING: Anagram (strangely) of AMUSING TRAIT
14d Spend lots of money installing switch in jet (6,3)
SPLASH OUT: A jet of water perhaps has a switch inserted. The type of switch that may turn sadists and masochists on and off
15d Experienced university oarsman’s back on river (9)
UNDERWENT: A single-letter abbreviation for university and the final letter (back) of oarsmaN are followed by a Lake District river.
17d Shabby state of children in over half of Essex (9)
SEEDINESS: Your children or your issue or an archaic biblical term for one’s offspring is followed by the word IN from the clue and over half of the letters of the word Essex
21d Reportedly took steps to apply adhesive (5)
PASTE: What an expectant father did in the waiting room sounds just like an adhesive used when wallpapering
23d Retired relatives keeping energetic (5)
VITAL: the answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word keeping hints as much. The word retired suggests it is hiding in reverse.
24d Yarn, story about vacuous showgirl (5)
LISLE: A fib surrounds the external letters of the word showgirl