Toughie No 2503 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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In her blog on Kcit’s last puzzle Crypticsue wrote that Kcit was in a very ‘kind to solvers’ mode. Well his charity appears to have continued because this was as straightforward a Wednesday Toughie as I can remember (and I’ve been blogging the Wednesday Toughies since 2009 with little time off for good behaviour). Thanks to Kcit for the puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Cane table is feature of exchange (11)
SWITCHBOARD: stick together synonyms for a cane or flexible rod and table.
9a Perhaps Liberty’s the inspiration for this bedcover? (7)
VALANCE: this could be the surname of someone known as Liberty who was killed in a 1962 Western (The man who shot Liberty Valance).
10a Place to get calm, if you don’t mind (6)
PLEASE: the abbreviation for place (in street names) and a verb to get calm.
12a Revolutionary court decision’s beginning significant growth (7)
REDWOOD: stitch together a left-wing revolutionary, a verb to court and the first letter of decision.
13a Fight after second old person gets public platform (7)
SOAPBOX: a verb to fight or spar follows abbreviations for second and an old person.
14a A limit to hardened English army (5)
HORDE: one of the limits (outside letters) of hardened (1,2,1) and an abbreviation for English.
15a Check if given free rein, unfortunately tense inside (9)
INTERFERE: an anagram (unfortunately) of FREE REIN with the grammatical abbreviation for tense inserted.
17a Drink untouched? Record after a short month (4,5)
MINT JULEP: assemble an adjective meaning untouched or immaculate, a month without its last letter and an abbreviated record format.
20a Success securing student ideal of perfection (5)
BLOOM: a success (especially with regard to the economy) contains the abbreviation for our usual student.
22a Compendium, second recalled by writer (American) (7)
OMNIBUS: reverse a second or tick and add something used to write and a 2-letter abbreviation for American.
24a The French, and the rest, backing navy stand (7)
LECTERN: charade of a French definite article, the reversal of an abbreviation meaning ‘and the rest’ and the abbreviation for our navy.
25a Man cradling daughter, born to bring about such chaos (6)
BEDLAM: bolt together a synonym of man containing the abbreviation for daughter and the genealogical abbreviation for born. Now reverse it all. I’m not sure what ‘such’ contributes to the clue.
26a Resentment at being interrupted by new lover (7)
GALLANT: start with a word meaning resentment or annoyance and add AT containing the abbreviation for new.
27a Study of control systems and science overturned by breaking recent limits to biology (11)
CYBERNETICS: reverse an abbreviation for science and precede it with an anagram (breaking) of RECENT B[iolog]Y.
2d Very sweet Riesling, perhaps — a few, not all, tucking in (7)
WINSOME: what Riesling is an example of with most of a word meaning ‘a few’ inserted.
3d Time to study English philosopher — dull work (9)
TREADMILL: concatenate the abbreviation for time, a verb to study at university and a 19th century English philosopher.
4d Expects to see parking in gardens (5)
HOPES: insert the abbreviation for parking in a verb meaning gardens.
5d Ordinary couple keeping space outside (4-3)
OPEN-AIR: the abbreviation for ordinary and another word for a couple containing a small space (as used in printing).
6d Source of ruin in sight — not very funny (7)
RISIBLE: the first letter of ruin followed by an adjective meaning ‘in sight’ without the abbreviation for ‘very’.
7d Elated — but can’t we try for Mars now? (4,3,4)
OVER THE MOON: this could possibly relate to a request from Nasa, for example, saying “That’s done, can we move on to the next stage?”.
8d Original idea losing million before bringing in top aircraft (6)
GLIDER: a word for an original or initial idea loses the abbreviation for million and has a top or cover inserted.
11d Nasty extreme tin automaton’s opener? (11)
EXTERMINATE: this is a clever all-in-one identifying the way the nasty metal automaton usually opens a dialogue. It’s an anagram (nasty) of EXTREME TIN and the opening letter of A[utomaton].
16d Best approach to the attic (3-6)
TOP-FLIGHT: with a space rather than a hyphen this could provide the means of access to the attic.
18d Note military practice removing leader in religious establishment (7)
NUNNERY: replace the leading letter from a word for military practice (by the Royal Artillery, say) with an abbreviation for note.
19d Festival month sees indefinite number succumbing to ill temper (7)
JUBILEE: start with a month (not far distant from the month in 17a) and replace the abbreviation for an indefinite number with a word for ill temper.
20d Rural youngster kept up with stomach trouble and shared cold (7)
BUCOLIC: knit together the reversal of a young animal and a stomach problem usually caused by wind. Now remove one of the abbreviations for cold from the pair of double letters at the join.
21d Modern area in old city finally showing some control of traffic (3-3)
ONE-WAY: insert an adjective meaning modern and the abbreviation for area between the abbreviation for old and the final letter of city.
23d Name from France is taken north to be English name as well (5)
SIMON: combine the French word for ‘name’ and IS then reverse it all.
My favourite clue is 11d. Which clue(s) tickled your fancy?