Toughie No 2555 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
We have a fun puzzle which is fairly gentle today. Thanks to Hudson.
I spent longer pondering about 14d than on the rest of the puzzle combined. As far as I can see aparting isn’t a word so I’m assuming a typo.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of it.
1a Week-end winter sport enthusiast decidedly more perky (8)
FRISKIER: when split 3,5 the answer could mean someone finishing the week’s work early for a weekend of winter sport.
5a Navy flier circling Sandhurst area (6)
ARMADA: an abbreviated flier or promotion contains the abbreviation for what Sandhurst is (Royal Military Academy). Finish with the abbreviation for area.
9a Rodney say, giving guacamole and hummus the thumbs-up? (8)
DIPSTICK: what guacamole and hummus are and a sign of approval (thumbs-up).
10a Grab tin ‘elmet — church needs evacuating (6)
SNATCH: glue together the chemical symbol for tin, what a helmet is without its first letter and an abbreviation for church.
12a New owner, new reputation (6)
RENOWN: an anagram (new) of OWNER followed by the abbreviation for new.
13a Confirms retiring number one getting hostility (8)
AVERSION: a verb meaning confirms or asserts followed by the reversal of a way of writing ‘number one’.
15a Bloke under the influence of spirits creosoting draining can, drunk (7)
SCROOGE: remove a synonym of can from CREOSOTING and make an anagram (drunk) of what remains.
16a Five, 4 beginning to love meat (4)
VEAL: assemble the Roman numeral for five, the abbreviation of 4d and the first letter of love.
20a Swedish foursome swings both ways (4)
ABBA: cryptic definition of some palindromic Swedes.
21a Suspend boring Grauniad journalist (7)
ADJOURN: hidden in the clue.
25a British manservant finishing off Windolene shiner (5,3)
BLACK EYE: string together an abbreviation for British, a word for a manservant and the last letter of Windolene.
26a Time to pursue character from Lewis sloping off (6)
ASLANT: the abbreviation for time follows a character created by C. S. Lewis.
28a Customer rights over property settled in court (6)
CLIENT: a word for rights over a property is placed inside the abbreviation for court.
29a Video ref in Dakar bust-up that’s typically seen in Africa (8)
AARDVARK: the abbreviation for the recently introduced and controversial video ref in football goes inside an anagram (bust-up) of DAKAR.
30a Knievel evacuating Yukon, calling for war? (6)
EVELYN: the forename of Mr Knievel the stunt performer is followed by the outer letters of Yukon to get the first name of the author whose surname sounds like war (to some perhaps, but not to the millions of people like me who actually take the trouble to pronounce the letter R).
31a Erotic novel featuring naked Turk, lady-in-waiting? (8)
COURTIER: an anagram (novel) of EROTIC containing the inner letters of Turk.
1d Lining ripped out of female explorer’s hat (6)
FEDORA: join together the outer letters of female and the name of the young female explorer in an American TV series (Dora the Explorer).
2d Threaten current elected politician on purpose (6)
IMPEND: assemble the symbol for electric current, our usual elected politician and a word for purpose or goal.
3d Ford making two circuits of roundabout in the city (8)
KATOWICE: a model of Ford car is followed by a word for ‘on two occasions’ going round the letter that resembles a roundabout to make a city in Poland.
4d All heads of Europe attract considerable hostility (4)
EACH: initial letters in the clue. The surface perhaps reflecting the response we’re going to get from our popular press if Boris doesn’t get a deal.
6d Currency run on yen drained reserves (3,3)
RAN DRY: cement together an African currency, the cricket abbreviation for run and the abbreviation for the Japanese yen.
7d Got intro of Argentinian tango rehearsed right away (8)
ATTAINED: the first letters of Argentinian and tango followed by a verb meaning rehearsed or practised without an abbreviation for right.
8d A bit of Bach in G, lyrical in an excruciating way (8)
ACHINGLY: hidden in the clue.
11d Aircraft carrying German bailed out somewhere in Provence (7)
AVIGNON: a word, from French, for an aircraft containing the outer letters of German gives us the place in Provence famous for its ‘pont’.
14d Grow old, regularly missing extra aparting (7)
GOODBYE: the odd letters of ‘grow old’ and an extra at cricket. Since ‘aparting’ isn’t a word and ‘apart’ isn’t a verb I’m assuming that the first letter of the definition is a typo and it should be ‘parting’ which would make the surface all about elderly people (men really) losing their hair.
17d Where to get a burger, beer? (Cuba brewed) (8)
BARBECUE: an anagram (brewed) of BEER CUBA.
18d Case of extreme importance coming up in Lincoln (8)
ABLATIVE: an adjective meaning ‘of extreme importance’ gets reversed inside the abbreviated forename of Mr Lincoln. The case is a grammatical one – doing Latin at school continues to be useful!
19d Bloody bow falls over, catching American campaigner! (8)
CRUSADER: stick together an adjective meaning bloody and a synonym of bow then reverse that and insert a two-letter abbreviation for American.
22d Spare family housed in southern state (6)
SKINNY: a word for family sits inside the abbreviation for southern and the standard abbreviation for a US state.
23d Son no. 1 tackling a distant expedition (6)
SAFARI: the abbreviation for son and the Roman numeral for one contain A and an adjective meaning distant.
24d Pull on reefer held by senior crewman (6)
STOKER: an informal verb to have a drag on an exotic cigarette goes inside the abbreviation for senior.
27d Boundless peace and glory (4)
HALO: a word from Hebrew meaning ‘peace’ (used as a greeting) loses its outer letters.
My ticks today were awarded to 9a, 15a and 18d. Which clue(s) were the highlights for you?