Toughie No 2494 by Gila
Hints and tips by Tilsit
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BD Rating – Difficulty** – Enjoyment ****
Nice to be back on Toughie duty, even if it’s at the gentler end of the scale. Our puzzle today is set by young Gila who has quickly learned how to turn out friendly accessible and enjoyable puzzles.
Nothing terribly challenging here, as befits a Tuesday Toughie but some nice surface readings and a few clues to make you smile. A few newish words and terms on duty today too.
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1a Mum’s with it — she supplies things for others (10)
MOTHERSHIP A word for mum’s and one that means you’re with it to give you something from sci-fi that has come into almost everyday use.
6a Mike’s wearing great top (4)
ACME Place a word meaning great or super over M (for Mike) and you get a word meaning the top or summit.
9a Taking jobs abroad, before syndicate cancelled majority of production (10)
OFFSHORING In front of a word meaning a group or syndicate goes something meaning cancelled and most of a word for a (stage) production. This gives you a business term for moving a business or roles within the business elsewhere (as is happening to my job, next month!!).
10a Reptile caught by fabulous flying creature (4)
CROC The short name for a reptile is revealed by taking the abbreviation for caught in cricket, and adding the standard crossword word for the definition ‘fabulous creature’ which invariably means the one is Sinbad the Sailor.
13a Short-term base artist used to produce painting (7)
TEMPERA Go on! Who else had a U in 4th place? Thanks to a certain lady for making me realise the error of my ways! A type of painting style involving eggs is found by taking a shortened word for short-term, add the abbreviation for base and the one for artist.
15a Offer more than is available, then wait endlessly (6)
OUTBID A term I am more used to in bridge. If something is available, it may be said to be this, and then add a word meaning to wait, minus its last letter (endlessly).
16a See rage held back on the inside, strangely (6)
EERILY Inside the name of a See (standard Crossword meaning of one, and the location of the most famous one) goes the word for anger, reversed.
17a Politician more unsettled with a trade bill blocked by Conservative (7,8)
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT The name for a member of a British political party is revealed by rearranging (unsettled) MORE A TRADE BILL and wrapping it all around C (conservative).
18a Quits ahead of time and ultimately avoids incidents (6)
EVENTS A word meaning quits in a sporting sense goes before the abbreviation of time and the last letter (ultimately) of AVOIDS.
20a Account hidden in single location where taxes may be avoided (6)
MONACO Find the name of a tax haven by taking the abbreviation for account and putting it inside a prefix meaning single, or one.
21a Fantastic tale in which queen and knight get together for ever (7)
ETERNAL Inside an anagram (fantastic) of TALE goes the abbreviation for the Queen along with one for a knight in chess.
22a Run out of fruit and edible seeds (4)
PEAS Take the name of some fruit and remove R (for run) and this gives some edible seeds!
25a Looking tired, yet just about in bed early for a change (6-4)
BLEARY-EYED Inside an anagram of BED EARLY goes almost the full word of YET to confirm how I feel at the moment…..
26a American loaves maybe react to the addition of yeast, it’s said (4)
RYES The name for some types of loaf across the pond, sounds like what happens when you put yeast into your dough.
27a A new job’s holding certain appeal for solitary people (10)
ANCHORITES After A and N (new) goes a word for a (household) job, and this has the word for sex appeal inside. This reveals a way of describing hermits and suchlike.
1d Feeling low and close to dismayed (4)
MOOD A word for a feeling can be found by taking a word meaning to low (like a cow) and adding D (last letter or close to DISMAYED).
2d Food is for pleasure, mostly (4)
TOFU This artificial food, only vaguely edible if it is smoked, is found by taking a short word meaning FOR and adding most of a three-letter word for pleasure or enjoyment.
3d Copied article removed from each reference book (6)
ECHOED Remove the A from each and add a famous dictionary that isn’t big or red, but does employ the lady on the left.
4d Shoppers with a card start to feel distressed, going round tense and broke (8,3,4)
STRAPPED FOR CASH Today’s award for the most convoluted clue (and probably puts Osmosis to shame!) goes to a phrase meaning broke. An anagram of SHOPPERS CARD and F (start to feel) all gets put around the abbreviation for tense!
5d I travel across far side of town on bypass (6)
IGNORE A word meaning to bypass something is found by taking I and a word for travel, putting it around N (last letter or far side of TOWN) and then adding a word meaning on or about.
7d Airline introducing secure container for duty free? (7,3)
CARRIER BAG After a description of an airline goes a word meaning to secure or grab something.
8d Form of security in one complex protecting underground chamber (10)
ENCRYPTION A way of making things safe on line is found by rearranging IN ONE and wrapping it around the name for a burial chamber.
11d Banks perhaps aim to maintain excellent rates in the first instance (10)
GOALKEEPER The Banks in this clue is a person who sadly passed away last year. His day job could be revealed by taking a word for aim and adding something meaning maintain and then adding E and R the first letters of EXCELENT and RATES
12d Colleague is firm friend (10)
STABLEMATE A word meaning firm and a word for a friend.
13d Measure strength and speed of bird? (7)
TITRATE If you were looking at the speed of birds like Coal, Blue, Great and Marsh you may consider this as a definition (tongue-in-cheek as indicated by the question mark). It’s also in full the method of measuring strength in chemistry.
14d A flipping angry look upset one under pressure? (7)
AEROSOL A plus something meaning angry, reversed, then a short word meaning look!, again reversed gives something that contains pressurised stuff.
19d Hot Christmas cake left to be taken away (6)
STOLEN Something meaning hot (as in ‘hot property) is the name of a Christmas cake, minus one of the l’s.
20d European publication gets positive response in Germany, we’re told (6)
MAGYAR The name for an Eastern European (or possibly a central European post-Brexit!) is found by taking the name for a publication or periodical and adding a homophone of the German word for affirmative.
23d Bankruptcy strongly restricts growth (4)
CYST A hidden answer in BANKRUPTCY STRONGLY
24d Publicity leads to huge troubles (4)
ADOS A short word for publicity plus an abbreviation for a large size gives something meaning troubles.
Thanks to Gila for this enjoyable start to the week and it looks like it should be a pretty good week of Toughies, although I do hear the sound of clomping boots which means only one thing for Friday……
I’ll see you on Saturday!