Toughie No 2574 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
Wednesday seems to have become the day for gentle Toughies. This one was enjoyable – thanks to Hudson.
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7a Local visitor‘s smartest togs, as observed by Spooner (5,4)
GUEST BEER: this is a liquid visitor to a pub. Spooner might mangle it to BEST GEAR.
8a Clumsy Soviet writer speaking (5)
GAWKY: this sounds (to some people) like the name of a Soviet writer and activist (after whom a major park in Moscow is named).
10a Second shoemaker working the night shift that is shot (6)
SELFIE: link together the abbreviation for second, one of the little night-time shoemakers in a Grimm fairy tale and the abbreviation for ‘that is’.
11a Following each Morse novel is awe-inspiring (8)
FEARSOME: abbreviations for ‘following’ and ‘each’ precede an anagram (novel) of MORSE.
12a Family doctor screening Run Lola Run (6)
GALLOP: the abbreviation for a family doctor contains an anagram (run) of LOLA to make the type of run that Senf often indulges in.
14a A feature of Uncle Richard’s canon? (6)
CLERIC: hidden in the clue.
16a Berliner regularly pared cheese (4)
BRIE: pare away regular letters from the first word.
17a Ms Fonteyn shunning Monsieur’s vulgar tongue (5)
ARGOT: start with the forename of Ms Fonteyn the ballerina and remove the abbreviation for Monsieur.
18a Special copper put forward point (4)
CUSP: an abbreviation for special with the chemical symbol for copper put in front of it.
19a Discover panto theme song (6)
ANTHEM: remove the covers from two words in the clue.
21a Foreign Secretary half-heartedly nibbled game (6)
RABBIT: the surname of our current Foreign Secretary with one of the repeated letters at its heart removed is followed by a verb meaning nibbled. Is it just me or do others struggle to remember who the Foreign Secretary is?
24a Cautiously trap German lady on vacation (8)
GINGERLY: assemble a banned animal trap, an abbreviation for German and the outer letters of lady.
26a Character of pen pal: popular, upfront (6)
INMATE: a synonym of pal with an adjective meaning popular or trendy preceding it. Pen here is an informal North American word.
27a One biting the head of Cleopatra injecting iodine jelly (5)
ASPIC: a creature that bites and the first letter of Cleopatra with the chemical symbol for iodine inserted.
28a Angler brewed tea to be guzzled in Russian port (9)
ARCHANGEL: an anagram (brewed) of ANGLER containing an informal word for tea.
1d Poet, American, modelled nude (5)
AUDEN: stick together an abbreviation for American and an anagram (modelled) of NUDE to get a poet, about whom David Hockney asked “If that’s his face, what must his scrotum look like?”.
2d Just recently, beset by inertia; so flat, enervated (2,2,4)
AS OF LATE: hidden in the clue.
3d Get that sinking feeling as tummy muscles contracted? Flipping pork pie! (6)
ABSEIL: charade of a contracted informal word for the tummy muscles and the reversal of a Cockney pork pie.
4d Perrins’s partner beginning to fold sheet (4)
LEAF: the co-founder (along with Mr Perrins) of a company famous for its sauce is followed by the first letter of fold.
5d Sons participating in healthy argument (6)
HASSLE: insert a double helping of the abbreviation for son into a synonym of healthy.
6d Most revealing sketch featuring 1,000 birds (black and white) (9)
SKIMPIEST: a sketch contains the Roman numeral for 1,000 and birds with black and white feathers.
9d Lucky charm mum’s put over bed of little ‘un (6)
MASCOT: an affectionate term for mum plus the ‘S goes on top of a little ‘un’s bed.
13d With which to contact spin doctor (about time!) (5)
PAGER: the abbreviation for spin doctor (?) contains a period of time. The abbreviation stands for ‘spinning’ but I can’t find any confirmation that it also means the person carrying it out.
15d Pompous matriarch composed odes when touring India (9)
GRANDIOSE: concatenate a matriarch and an anagram (composed) of ODES containing the letter for which India is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
17d Like a desperate male incarcerated (6)
ADMIRE: A and an adjective meaning desperate or urgent containing the abbreviation for male.
18d Animal portion to eat around lunchtime? (8)
CHIPMUNK: a solid piece of food contains what may be lunchtime (1,2).
20d Crones pinching Joe Burns’s grub (6)
HAGGIS: Joe is a slang term for a US soldier. Put some crones around another term for such a soldier.
22d Merry band’s leader ignited high explosive (6)
BLITHE: concatenate the first letter of band, a verb meaning ignited and the abbreviation for high explosive.
23d Dear Meryl; resistance is melting away! (5)
STEEP: I know of only one person called Meryl. Remove the abbreviation for electrical resistance from her surname.
25d Cart over three feet (4)
YARD: reverse the type of cart used to transport 7a.
My top clues were 7a, 19a and 17d. Which ones earned your approval?