Toughie No 2582 by Django
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Django has given us a fairly gentle and enjoyable puzzle with a commendable lack of obscurities. Many thanks to him.
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I won’t be around much this afternoon as I have to travel to our designated place of vaccinations for my jab.
9a Suggestive European against dancing avec toi (9)
EVOCATIVE: string together abbreviations for European and against and append an anagram (dancing) of AVEC TOI.
10a University student and no-good teacher make 3 28 monument (5)
ULURU: abbreviations for university and student are followed by a spiritual teacher without the abbreviation for good.
11a Defeated in golf — within four inches of glory initially (7)
HANGDOG: insert what golf stands for in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet into what measures four inches in the horsey world. Finally add the initial letters of ‘of glory’.
12a Carry On Behind ultimately replacing first edition of American Idol (7)
GODHEAD: start with a phrasal verb meaning ‘carry on’ (2,5) and replace the first occurrence of an abbreviation for American with the ultimate letter of ‘behind’.
13a Carpenter might apply herself at this Labour seat (9)
WORKBENCH: glue together a synonym for labour and a type of seat.
15a Dish seen when hobbits and orcs get together in retirement (5)
RÖSTI: hidden in reverse when you join ‘hobbits orcs’ together.
17a Leaves, cycling A-to-B, calves, to begin with, firm (7)
TOBACCO: cycle the first letter of A-to-B to the end and add the first letter of calves and the abbreviation for a firm. I know that everyone will have seen this before but it still makes me laugh:
19a Good fashion designer’s stimulating (7)
PIQUANT: concatenate a short adjective meaning good or holier-than-thou and the name of the fashion designer who earned the gratitude of men everywhere by inventing the miniskirt.
20a Union contract about becoming international model (3-2)
PIN-UP: start with an informal word for a legal contract drawn up prior to a wedding and change the preposition meaning about or concerning to an abbreviation for international.
21a Kylie left one day to pursue very adult music genre (4,5)
SOAP OPERA: a word meaning day or period of time follows an adverb meaning very, the abbreviation for adult and a type of music.
24a Extremist King made rich pals all disrobe (7)
RADICAL: an abbreviation for king followed by ‘made rich pals’ all without their outer letters.
26a Where you might find Rupert Murdoch, essentially going after half-cut Bono — entertaining U2 (7)
NUTWOOD: the central letter of Murdoch follows half of the word Bono which contains the expanded form of U2.
28a Columnist on easily losing some weight (5)
STONE: lose some of the letters of the first three words.
29a Bono blowing top, heading for Murdoch in cab with note relating to name-calling (9)
TAXONOMIC: the cast of 26a make an encore. Insert Bono without his first letter and the first letter of Murdoch into a cab and append a musical note.
1d Relative climbing fence, fell (6)
NEPHEW: reverse a verb to fence or confine and add a verb to fell.
2d Type of ferry carrying German and British during competition (5,5)
ROUND ROBIN: start with an abbreviated type of ferry (2-2) and insert the German word for ‘and’. Finish with an abbreviation for British and a synonym for ‘during’.
3d Polish hospital close to overcrowded (4)
SAND: an informal word for a type of hospital and the closing letter of overcrowded.
4d Mixed language from winger on the radio (6)
PIDGIN: this sounds like something with wings.
5d Briefly, maybe Sonic Aeroplane’s focus is to fly low (5-3)
HEDGE-HOP: the type of creature known as Sonic in the world of video games is shorn of its last letter and has the central letter of Aeroplane added.
6d Daughter wearing joke jumper is without question getting something in return (4,3,3)
QUID PRO QUO: the abbreviation for daughter is contained in a joke. Add to that an Australian jumper containing one of the abbreviations for question. It’s interesting that we had a debate in the back-page blog only yesterday on the validity of ‘without’ as a containment indicator. Personally I don’t have any issues with it – it may not mean ‘surrounding’ but it certainly means ‘outside’.
7d Pretty clever (4)
CUTE: double definition.
8d For example, Richard Gere‘s contracted American friend hits out (8)
BUDDHIST: bolt together an informal word for a friend in America without his last letter and an anagram (out) of HITS.
14d Support rugby players on TV show — one travelling light (10)
BACKPACKER: charade of a verb to support, the collective word for the rugby players who provide the grunt in a team and a US medical TV show.
16d Private cabins order more toasts (10)
STATEROOMS: an anagram (order) of MORE TOASTS.
17d Dignitaries lifting trophy — supporters start to sing (3,5)
TOP BRASS: reverse an informal word for a trophy and add our usual women’s supporting garments and the first letter of sing.
18d Discontinued outside broadcast — one nudging bounds of taste (8)
OBSOLETE: stitch together the abbreviation for outside broadcast, an adjective meaning one or only and the outer letters of ‘taste’.
22d Content to remain in Cannes seeing odd bits of X-Men and additional material (6)
ANNEXE: retain just the inner letters of Cannes and add the odd letters of X-men.
23d Mad dictator imprisons fanatical devotee (6)
ADDICT: hidden word.
25d Consultant possibly scrapping court access (4)
DOOR: start with what a consultant (or a registrar, say) may be and remove the abbreviation for court.
27d Last vestiges of light industry on the river (4)
TYNE: the final letters of four words in the clue.
My top clues were 20a, 21a and 1d. Which ones made it to your podium?