Toughie No 2482 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Yosser Hughes
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Good Morning from Downtown L I where I am clearing out and selling off fourteen years of stuff. It is amazing just how much junk Saint Sharon has accumulated in that time in contrast to my treasures.
Today’s Tuesday Toughie has a few tortuous moments and many delights. We spend a lot of time in reverse. I won’t name those which tortured or delighted as one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
Upon completion look out for the two little treats Silvanus has provided. I have used both renovating our house over the last year. [I’m sure our blogger used more than the two ‘treats’ when working on his new house – he appears to have found the two at the top and bottom of the grid, but missed the four at the sides, although he’d probably have been blacksmithing to use the final one! CS]
Solved to a mixture of The Clash. The Rolling Stones. Stevie Wonder. Robert Plant and Alison Krause
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1a 1,000 in currency is 500 in sterling (6)
MONKEY: A letter used to represent 1000 is inserted into a general term for currency to give a slang term used by the racing fraternity meaning £500
5a Rick, miserable individual, with name for wasting time (6)
WRENCH: An unfortunate or unhappy person needs the letter representing time changing to the letter representing name in Crosswordland
10a Biblical patriarch’s two separate accounts (5)
ISAAC: Two abbreviations required. One for an Individual Savings Account (dontcha just love them) and one simply for account
11a Fool pursues looker, hot washer-upper? (9)
DISHCLOTH: A four-letter fool follows a four-letter looker (these days more likely to be found in Crosswordland’s dictionary of archaic terms than out on the street). All followed by the abbreviation for hot
12a Places to undergo surgery with large knife (7)
SCALPEL: An anagram (to undergo surgery) of PLACES is followed by the abbreviation for large
13a Some Seventies girl I observe back in platforms (3,4)
OIL RIGS: The answer lies hidden within the words of the clue. The word some indicates as much. The word back indicates that it is reversed.
14a Mostly dreary news circulating in Wolverhampton? (9)
WANDERERS: An anagram (circulating) of most of the word DREARy combined with the word NEWS
17a Copper, perhaps recently married, retired (5)
METAL: A word meaning most recently is followed by the abbreviation for married. All is reversed to find an example of what copper is
18a Artist conceding to pinching good joint of meat (5)
GIGOT: Remove (conceding) TO from an Italian artist’s name and insert (pinching) the abbreviation for Good
19a Sack Susan, oddly regarded as revolutionary type (4,5)
SANS SERIF: Begin with a word meaning to sack or dismiss from service. Add the odd numbered letters of the beautiful name Susan. Add the word as which our setter Silvanus has generously gifted to us. Once again, we are reversing all that we have as clued by the word revolutionary
21a Evangelist is dull coming to the point (7)
MATTHEW: The word Evangelist at the beginning of a clue is usually a giveaway. There were only four Evangelists and three of those have only four letters. The evangelist with seven letters can be found by taking a word meaning dull and adding the word the from the clue and a compass point
23a Most important position of power within company? (7)
CENTRAL: This word meaning most important describes the position of the abbreviation for Power in COMPANY
25a Outside court, ten mean to reform law (9)
ENACTMENT: An anagram of the outside letters of the word CourT together with TEN MEAN
26a Fruit that’s old and turning bad (5)
OLIVE: The abbreviation for old is followed by the reversal of a word meaning bad or wicked
27a Bob moving around, say, beginning to distract golfer (6)
SLEDGE: A two-letter latter term meaning for example or say is followed by the first letter of the word distract and the name of a golfer, first name Ernie. Select reverse gear to find a form of transport also known as a bob whichever way round you put it.
28a Severely criticise dreadful film company? (6)
HAMMER: A double definition, the second being a much loved and much lampooned maker of cheesy horror films
2d Airline breaches order by American president (5)
OBAMA: Our national airline is surrounded by the Order of Merit and the abbreviation of American
3d Thrill place with each tango skirt’s useful feature (4,5)
KICK PLEAT: The first word is a synonym of a thrill or high. The second consists of abbreviations for places and each followed by the letter represented by Tango in the phonetic alphabet. Did you even know such a thing existed? [Yes – a feature of my school uniform for many years – CS]
4d Unknown poem has line to sing (5)
YODEL: A mathematical unknown is followed by a short poem and the abbreviation for line
5d State Swiss banks neglected fraud crime (9)
WISCONSIN: Remove the outer letters of the word sWISs. Add a noun meaning a fraud. Add a crime against morality.
6d Top 40 on the radio (5)
EXCEL: Spoken quickly this sounds like what you would say for forty in Roman numerals
7d Singer in The Corrs unusually failing to hold note (9)
CHORISTER: Anagram (unusually) of IN THE CORRS minus the abbreviation for note
8d Talk about one extremely satisfying flipping puzzle! (6)
JIGSAW: A word meaning to talk (better than war war) sits around the letter that looks like the number one and the outer letters of the word satisfying
9d Cheat caught by Interpol finally, is he wrongly being imprisoned? (6)
CHISEL: The single letter abbreviation for caught and the final letter of the word Interpol are filled with an anagram (wrongly) of IS HE
15d When evening begins, declared champion goes over defeat (9)
NIGHTFALL: A homophone (declared) of Champion (think chivalry) is followed by a word meaning a defeat
16d Drug found on Welsh criminal before, in another location (9)
ELSEWHERE: The abbreviation for the drug 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is followed by an anagram (criminal) of Welsh. This is followed by the poetic form of the word before.
17d Team at last is playing well — fake news? (9)
MISINFORM: The final letter of the word team and the word is from the clue are followed by a term split 2,4 meaning playing well.
18d Male wearing waistcoat makes cocktail (6)
GIMLET: The abbreviation for Male is surrounded by a type of light padded waistcoat
20d More rounded university students originally enjoyed visiting France (6)
FULLER: One abbreviation of university. Two abbreviations for students or learners. The first letter of the word enjoyed. All placed within an abbreviation of France
22d Worried daughter joining hospital will get disliked (5)
HATED: A word synonymous with worried (which causes problems every time a setter uses it) follows the abbreviation for hospital and succeeded by the abbreviation for Daughter
23d Happen to see game (5)
CATCH: A double definition. The second being a ball game.
24d Increase in applause quietly dissipating (5)
RAISE: A word meaning applause or acclaim has the musical notation for quietly removed
Toughie Puns. Do you see what I see? Thanks for that crypticsue