Toughie No 2527 by Messinae
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
An enjoyable puzzle with a number of good clues of which 1a stood out for me. The Toughies are supposed to get harder as the week progresses but for me this was less tricky than yesterday’s puzzle so the system may have broken down this week – do you agree?
Thanks to Messinae.
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1a William III acquired this for a bit, historically (4-1-5)
HALF-A-CROWN: the whole clue works as a cryptic definition in the sense that William reigned jointly with his wife Mary for a time until her death, after which he ruled alone. Bit also means coin.
6a Recalled a dash for information (4)
DATA: reverse A and a dash or small amount.
10a One cartoon character missing head and feet (5)
IAMBI: the Roman numeral for one followed by a Disney cartoon animal without its first letter.
11a Report variable range missile coming back (9)
BOOMERANG: a reverberating report and an anagram (variable) of RANGE.
12a Cost of being friendly (8)
OUTGOING: double definition, the first an item that might appear in the debit column on your bank statement.
13a Arrived with large pack animal (5)
CAMEL: stick together a synonym of arrived and the clothing abbreviation for large.
15a Polluted area put in shade by journalist (7)
TAINTED: the abbreviation for area goes inside a shade or hue and we finish with our usual abbreviated journalist.
17a Do casual work with English artist — he could use it (7)
TEMPERA: glue together an informal verb to do casual work and abbreviations for English and artist.
19a Boxing East Ender I developed in greater poverty (7)
NEEDIER: an anagram (developed) of ENDER I containing (boxing) the abbreviation for East.
21a Pleasure-seeking swimmer soaking up sun at sea (7)
SENSUAL: an aquatic creature contains an anagram (at sea) of SUN.
22a Scream when this person leaves film (5)
SHREK: a verb to scream or yell with the subjective personal pronoun removed.
24a Rogue following motor sport for the money (8)
FISCALLY: an informal word for a rogue (especially in the Liverpool area) follows what looks like the abbreviated name of a motor sport that’s slightly less interesting than watching paint dry.
27a Give Yale U changes in this? (3,6)
IVY LEAGUE: an anagram (changes) of GIVE YALE U produces the name of a group of top US universities of which Yale is a member. I can’t really see what the surface means.
28a Gadget makes soldiers wink (5)
GISMO: bolt together some US privates and an informal word for a wink or short period of time.
29a Advanced period of restraint (4)
LENT: double definition, the restraint being what some Christians practise before Easter.
30a Kept in confined space, odd part of kitchen (10)
KETTLEDRUM: kitchen here is an informal word for a specific section of an orchestra. Join together an informal verb used by UK police forces meaning ‘kept (protesters) in an enclosed area’ and an adjective meaning odd.
1d Maybe gunfire salute (4)
HAIL: double definition, the first a possible way of describing a salvo of bullets.
2d Lose Mini racing round hairpin bend in big car (9)
LIMOUSINE: an anagram (racing) of LOSE MINI contains the letter that looks like a hairpin bend.
3d Copying a sound made by computer (5)
APING: my initial thought was this doesn’t really work but on reflection I think that ‘sound’ is being used in the sense of ‘sound out’ or measure. It’s A and a term used in computing for a check to see if a remote system is working and (if so) to measure the response time.
4d Make good taxi company put up the Italian Democrat (7)
REBUILD: reverse the name of a taxi company and append an Italian definite article and the abbreviation for Democrat.
5d Made approximate weight limits (7)
WROUGHT: a Yoda-type clue – a 2-letter abbreviation for weight contains an adjective meaning approximate.
7d Are terrifying like the Marines (5)
ALARM: a French phrase (1,2) meaning like or ‘in the style of’ and the abbreviation for our Marines.
8d Plotline from Paradise Lost cascades (5,5)
ANGEL FALLS: this is how the wrongdoing and banishment of Satan in Milton’s epic poem could be summarised.
9d Servant, female, attending the Queen in May (8)
HENCHMAN: a female (bird, or possibly young woman in Scotland) is followed by a verb meaning may containing a 2-letter abbreviation for our Queen (not ER this time).
14d Jam kiosk’s place to keep cash (10)
STANDSTILL: stick together a kiosk or booth and where a retailer may keep its cash (although these days there’s not much cash being used).
16d Double killer’s regularly cleared what star does (8)
TWINKLES: start with a double or something identical and add the odd letters of “killer’s”.
18d What could make game lie square (9)
EQUALISER: a cryptic description of a goal that could level the scores is an anagram (what could make) of LIE SQUARE.
20d Fugitive from EU free to wander round heart of Belgium (7)
REFUGEE: an anagram (to wander round) of EU FREE contains the central letter of Belgium.
21d Dodgy American power infiltrating religious group (7)
SUSPECT: abbreviations for American and power go inside a religious group.
23d There’s something fishy about material (5)
RAYON: the ‘something fishy’ is a fish. Add a preposition meaning about or concerning.
25d Film director’s limited view (5)
ANGLE: the film director (3,3) responsible for Life of Pi, for example, loses his last letter.
26d Make the bench (4)
FORM: double definition.
I liked 30a, 9d and 18d but my standout favourite (and candidate for clue of the week) is 1a. Which clue(s) floated your boat?