Toughie No 2578 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ***
The run of gentle Wednesday Toughies has been brought to an end by this one requiring quite a lot of looking up – my copy of the BRB, already tatty, is now in danger of falling to pieces.
Thanks to Giovanni.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
A Happy Inauguration Day (accompanied by a sigh of relief) to our friends across the pond.
1a Salt I love to put on fruit (6)
IODATE: string together I, the letter resembling love at tennis and a type of fruit.
5a Hang about after accident — not good sort of road (8)
AUTOBAHN: an anagram (after accident) of HAN[g] ABOUT after the abbreviation for good has been removed.
9a Surprising additional charge for coat? (13)
EXTRAORDINARY: charade of an adjective meaning additional and a charge or device found on a coat of arms.
10a Class being terminated early after month, making one browned off (2,6)
AU GRATIN: a class or grade without its last letter follows the abbreviation for one of our months.
11a Cake with lemon is somehow nothing to be missed (6)
SIMNEL: an anagram (somehow) of LEM[o]N IS without the letter resembling zero.
12a French department store’s customer? (6)
VENDÉE: a French department on the Atlantic coast could also (if you ignore the acute accent) be someone being sold to.
14a Classics teacher maybe has to turn around one idiot coming in bottom of the class? (8)
LATINIST: the Roman numeral for one and an idiot are reversed inside a word for bottom of the class.
16a Provision for boater after journey home? (8)
HATSTAND: I looked in vain for some wordplay here – I think it’s a cryptic definition of where someone returning home might place his boater after entering the house.
19a Intertwine branches of fruit tree across short line (6)
PLEACH: a type of fruit tree contains the abbreviation for line.
21a Fortification brought to light by archaeologist? (6)
DUGOUT: as 3,3 this could be brought to light by an archaeologist.
23a Confess, having received unfriendly rebuke (8)
SCOLDING: a verb to confess contains an adjective meaning unfriendly or aloof.
25a Villainy of Russian seen all over the place (13)
NEFARIOUSNESS: an anagram (all over the place) of OF RUSSIAN SEEN.
26a Conscious of emotion when maiden has departed (8)
SENTIENT: an emotion or feeling without the cricket abbreviation for maiden.
27a See deer dance by river (6)
SAMBAR: paste together a Brazilian dance and the abbreviation for river. ‘See’ just seems to be padding.
2d Like our boss, wanting slave ultimately for excessive exploitation (7)
OVERUSE: where our boss might be in the hierarchy (4,2) followed by the ultimate letter of slave.
3d Former lady in Parliament? Bright star, but no leader (5)
ASTOR: remove the leading letter from a bright star in the constellation Gemini. This is a lady who was an MP for Plymouth and the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. There is a, probably apocryphal, story that she once said to Churchill “Winston, if you were my husband I’d put poison in your tea”. He replied “Madam, if I were your husband I’d drink it”.
4d Rash guy from Austin maybe heading off with the old woman (9)
EXANTHEMA: assemble the description of a man possibly living in Austin, USA without its first letter, THE and an affectionate word for one’s old woman.
5d A doctor on revolutionary course about certain glands (7)
ADRENAL: A and an abbreviation for doctor are followed by the reversal of a course or road.
6d Travels made by band beginning to end (5)
TRIPS: a band or ribbon with its first letter moved to the end.
7d Fashionable society? Spooner’s cut connection (4,5)
BEAU MONDE: Spooner might turn this into MOW BOND.
8d Spirited lasses left out of religious retreats (7)
HOYDENS: remove abbreviation for left from religious or saintly retreats (4,4).
13d Male meeting female — it comes after party, bringing distress (9)
DISCOMFIT: abbreviations for male and female and IT all follow a sort of party involving dancing.
15d Various teashops around university? They offer something stronger than tea (9)
TAPHOUSES: an anagram (various) of TEASHOPS containing an abbreviation for university.
17d New manual on etiquette originally provided for former students (7)
ALUMNAE: an anagram (new) of MANUAL precedes the first letter of etiquette.
18d Daughter is left to play about (7)
DISPORT: knit together the abbreviation for daughter, IS and the maritime word for left.
20d Fellow losing head interrupting players before start of Ashes game (7)
CANASTA: a male person without his leading letter goes inside a group of actors. Finish with the first letter of Ashes.
22d Group in fiery furnace, say, featuring in article about religious lessons (5)
THREE: our definite article contains the abbreviation for religious lessons. The definition relates to an Old Testament story.
24d Fantasy of fear doubled at the end (5)
DREAM: a word for great fear has its final letter doubled (as a maths student in ancient Rome would have done).
My top clues were 5a, 10a and 2d. Which ones did the business for you?