Toughie No 2471 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
I got through this puzzle at a stately rather than brisk pace and I enjoyed unravelling it. The only vocabulary that was new to me was the 6d Buddhist movement (although I hadn’t come across the unusual spelling of 21d either).
Thanks to Giovanni.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
7a A load of directors with extra aspiration said to be very unpopular (8)
ABHORRED: A and what sounds like a group of company directors with an H inserted.
9a Decline, having surrendered a prize (6)
TROPHY: a verb to decline or waste away without its A.
10a Walked with head out of sight and bent (6)
ARCHED: a verb meaning walked in a regimented way loses its leading letter.
11a Once again state treasures will be moved, not for all to see (8)
REASSERT: an anagram (will be moved) of TREAS[u]RES without the letter used in film classifications to mean ‘all may see’.
12a Dissident eccentric a vain dark horse (6,8)
ANDREI SAKHAROV: an anagram (eccentric) of A VAIN DARK HORSE gives us the name of an old Russian dissident.
15a/8d ‘Fantastic singer’ — it’d do for him! (4,7)
OTIS REDDING: an excellent semi-all-in-one clue – an anagram (fantastic) of SINGER IT’D DO. It was only when checking that the anagram worked that I realised that I have been mis-spelling his surname all these years.
17a Security around university that may make someone blush (5)
GUILT: a type of fixed-interest security contains the single-letter abbreviation for university.
19a Old works inspected daily but not completely (4)
EDDA: these old Icelandic books (regular visitors to Toughie puzzles) are hidden in the clue.
20a Ideas for revolution may start here — being red, by implication? (8,6)
BREEDING GROUND: a reverse anagram where the second word is the indicator and applying it to the fodder in the first word gets us BEING RED.
23a Mistake involving slack traditionalist (8)
BLIMPISH: a dated informal word for a mistake or blunder contains an adjective meaning slack or flaccid.
25a Instrumentalist‘s passionate desire to hold note (6)
LUTIST: a passionate desire contains one of the notes from tonic sol-fa.
27a Befuddled old bands together falling over (6)
STINKO: assemble the abbreviation for old and a verb meaning ‘bands together’ then reverse it all.
28a This Protestant, sir, could be seen as unrighteous (8)
HUGUENOT: a compound anagram – an anagram (could be seen) of the answer and SIR produces ‘unrighteous’. The Protestant was one of those who suffered persecution in France in the 16th and 17th centuries. Does anyone else remember the Edict of Nantes from long-ago lessons in European history?
1d Beam given by that fellow exiting the pub (1-3)
T-BAR: remove the pronoun meaning ‘that fellow’ from ‘the’ and append a synonym for pub.
2d Big tummy leads to the female’s agitation (6)
POTHER: an informal word for a big tummy followed by a possessive adjective meaning “the female’s”.
3d River finished with a hundred-fold increase in content (4)
ODER: start with an adverb meaning finished and multiply one of its letters by C (in the way a pupil in a maths lesson in ancient Rome would have done).
4d Almost total mug, husband in fix (6)
ATTACH: a verb to mug or ‘set upon’ without its last letter has the genealogical abbreviation for husband added.
5d See people behind bars — honest-to-goodness! (8)
CONSTRUE: a charade of a short word for people detained behind bars and an adjective meaning honest-to-goodness or genuine.
6d The artist, very short, a big noise being associated with Buddhist movement (10)
THERAVADIN: I didn’t know the word for the branch of Buddhism but the wordplay is straightforward – string together THE, our usual recognised artist, the abbreviation of ‘very’, A and a big noise or racket.
8d See 15a
13d What brings fame? Something other than competence evidently (10)
NOTABILITY: split the answer 3,7 to understand the wordplay.
14d Heretic who may have a birthday in April (5)
ARIAN: double definition, the second identifying someone born under a specific sign of the Zodiac.
16d Each male participating in smart form of underground crime? (8)
STEAMING: insert the abbreviations for each and male into a verb to smart or tingle. The answer is an informal term for a type of mugging on the London Underground where a group of criminals rush en masse at passengers grabbing whatever goods they can.
18d Island people place mark on a piece of wood (7)
TAGALOG: concatenate a verb to place a mark or label on something, A and a piece of wood. These people are originally from one of the Philippine islands.
21d Giovanni has inner intention to be a good spirit? (6)
DAIMON: the first name of both Mozart’s operatic hero and today’s setter contains a synonym of intention or target. The answer is a variant spelling of a word for a spirit (which may be good or bad – which presumably accounts for the question mark).
22d Shop‘s exit? (6)
OUTLET: double definition, the second being an exit or vent.
24d A hotel doubled up with laughter (2-2)
HA-HA: glue together A and the letter that hotel represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, then duplicate what you have. Finally reverse (up) it all.
26d Man leaves impressive house for holy hill (4)
SION: remove ‘man’ from a posh house to leave the hill in Jerusalem (or another name for Jerusalem itself).
I liked 17a and 20a but my runaway favourite was 15a/8d. Which one(s) would you single out?