Toughie No 2586 by Stick Insect
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment ***
Stick Insect hasn’t just given us a pangram today, he’s given us a double pangram. Achieving that without having to resort to obscure words is impressive so thanks to him.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Good-for-nothing given award rejected as site manager (9)
WEBMASTER: a good-for-nothing contains the reversal of one of the awards dished out twice a year in the UK.
6a Second pound daughter wasted getting second-class firework (5)
SQUIB: assemble the abbreviation for second, a slang term for a pound without the abbreviation for daughter and the letter that’s used to mean second-class.
9a Old friend seizes equipment for paper manipulation (7)
ORIGAMI: the abbreviation for old and a friend (French but present in the BRB) contain a synonym of equipment.
10a Church singer in vulgar assurance (9)
CERTITUDE: one of our usual abbreviations for church is followed by a singing bird contained in an adjective meaning vulgar or coarse.
11a Journal regularly ignored Conservative speech (7)
ORATORY: every other letter of journal and a term for Conservative.
12a Pressed city promoting River Dee (7)
EXERTED: move the abbreviation of river a couple of places towards the front of a SW city and append the letter dee.
13a Increase in mature corporation power studied after pre-Renaissance period (6-3,6)
MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD: the abbreviation for power and a verb meaning studied follow the period in European history which preceded the Renaissance.
18a Worked up about copyright, left (7)
EXCITED: a verb meaning left contains the copyright symbol.
20a Dismal starters of jam and yellowing bird (4,3)
BLUE JAY: bring together an adjective meaning dismal or sad and the starting letters of three words in the clue. This doesn’t sound too appetising.
22a Trifling ‘solid of revolution’ reconstructed in Toledo strangely vanishes (9)
FRIVOLOUS: an anagram (reconstructed) of SOLID OF REVOLUTION after we’ve taken away the jumbled (strangely) letters of IN TOLEDO. Has anyone any idea what the surface means?
23a Their hollow measure could be best? (7)
TROUNCE: weld together T[hei]R and an imperial measure of weight.
24a Last of tourists moving to east in channel vessels (5)
EWERS: start with a channel or drain and move the last letter of tourists as far to the right as it will go.
25a Tremble as some say ruin won’t take over chief’s territory (9)
SHEIKHDOM: a homophone (for some) of a verb to tremble or quiver and a synonym for ruin or fate without one of its abbreviations for an over in cricket.
1d Consumer of walnut perhaps solicited energy-less grub (8)
WOODWORM: join together a verb meaning solicited or courted without the abbreviation for energy and a grub or insect larva.
2d Black reptile houses zoo originally used in storm (8)
BLIZZARD: the abbreviation for black and a type of reptile containing the first letter of zoo.
3d Slowly American soldier supports girl with love (6)
ADAGIO: the abbreviation for a US soldier and the letter that resembles love in tennis follow a girl’s name (that of Ms. Lovelace perhaps).
4d Difficult test involves detective losing diamonds (6)
TRICKY: a verb to test or strain contains a slang word for a detective without the abbreviation for the card suit diamonds.
5d Pardon that is pre-empting nothing in censure (8)
REPRIEVE: start with a verb to censure and replace the letter that resembles zero with the abbreviation for ‘that is’.
6d Apparently, pals begin to play? (6,2)
STRIKE UP: if we treat the answer as a cryptic clue we discover that the first word is a synonym of the reversal of ‘pals’.
7d Nancy’s article absolutely biased (6)
UNJUST: string together an indefinite article as used in Nancy and an adverb meaning absolutely or exactly.
8d Saw six-footer introducing husband and lord (6)
BEHELD: a six-footed insect contains the genealogical abbreviation for husband. Finish with an abbreviation for lord.
14d Allow this section of clues to become disappointments (3-5)
LET-DOWNS: a verb to allow and the collection of sixteen clues here of which this is one.
15d Robots do drains badly (8)
ANDROIDS: an anagram (badly) of DO DRAINS.
16d Required target limiting associate employment at first (8)
ENJOINED: a synonym for target or aim contains a verb to associate or connect and the first letter of employment.
17d Pair upset about morning reverie (8)
DAYDREAM: reverse a word meaning a pair of units treated as one and add a preposition meaning about or concerning and the abbreviation for morning.
18d Obliterate European force going to front (6)
EFFACE: abbreviations for European and force followed by a synonym of front or facade.
19d Hint about level of intelligence for group (6)
CLIQUE: another word for hint contains the abbreviation for ‘level of intelligence’.
20d Broken sled discovered in ado (6)
BUSTLE: an adjective meaning broken and the inner letters of sled.
21d Losing head, drunk’s crazy bringing in company to open bottle (6)
UNCORK: an anagram (crazy) of [d]RUNK contains the abbreviation for company.
My top clues were 1d and 6d. Which one(s) stood out for you?