Toughie No 2598 by Stick Insect
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I took a little while to get going with this one but once I had a few footholds the answers went in at a rate of knots. Stick Insect gave us a double pangram in his last Toughie so I was on the lookout for anything special – the only thing I can see here is that the five letters with the highest Scrabble scores are all missing.
Thanks to Stick Insect.
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1a Full charge for travelling open road (12)
THOROUGHFARE: a charade of an adjective meaning full and the charge one pays for travelling.
9a Reverse van route (7)
TRANSIT: triple definition. I didn’t know the first meaning but apparently, as a verb, it means to reverse the direction of a surveyor’s instrument.
10a Flier advanced to Rome’s edge following Roman road (7)
AVIATOR: start with the abbreviation for advanced and add the Latin word for road, TO and the first letter of Rome.
11a Level out denture with gold (7)
PLATEAU: bring together another word for denture and the chemical symbol for gold.
12a Piggy is stylish around home (7)
SWINISH: an adjective meaning stylish or fashionable contains the adverb meaning ‘(at) home’.
13a Songstress directed backing in American English (5)
ADELE: reverse a verb meaning directed inside abbreviations for American and English.
14a Country music from sad dope (9)
BLUEGRASS: join together an adjective meaning sad and a slang word for marijuana.
16a ‘Simply patterned’ encountered in Virgilian poem, not good the second time (9)
GEOMETRIC: insert a verb meaning encountered into one of the four books making up Virgil’s poem about agriculture (the Georgics) without the second occurrence of the abbreviation for good.
19a Curse witches wearing clothes (5)
SWEAR: hidden word.
21a Article indicator of alternative space hypothesis (7)
THEOREM: knit together a grammatical article, a conjunction introducing an alternative and a space used in printing.
23a Ready to explode? Nap in part of chair (7)
ARMREST: a verb meaning to ready a device to explode is followed by another word for a nap or snooze.
24a Amateur entering pipe operated in shifts (7)
RELAYED: insert an adjective meaning amateur into a music pipe.
25a Storm split again around area (7)
TORNADO: string together an adjective meaning split and an abbreviation meaning ‘the same again’ and insert the abbreviation for area.
26a Golf tournament, also location for snack (4,8)
OPEN SANDWICH: the name of the major British annual golf tournament and one of the locations (in Kent) where it is held.
1d Bun consumed when cycling, put on coat (7)
TEACAKE: cycle the letters of a verb meaning consumed and append a verb to put on a coat or add a layer of something.
2d Dirty old book consulted in audition (7)
OBSCENE: abbreviations for old and book followed by a homophone of a past participle meaning consulted.
3d Go past snail sadly lost in insurmountable ground (9)
OUTNUMBER: this is a subtractive anagram. Remove the jumbled (sadly) letters of SNAIL from INSURMOUNTABLE and make an anagram (ground) of what you have left over.
4d Mirror informant changes sides (5)
GLASS: a slang term for an informant or snitch with the side inside it changed to its opposite.
5d Female sick, not going to make it (7)
FAILING: the abbreviation for female and an adjective meaning sick.
6d Wine in box with lid off upended (7)
RETSINA: remove the first letter from a box or cylindrical container and reverse what remains.
7d Some acquired kids and oxen, paid anything to be involved (13)
STEPDAUGHTERS: another word for oxen or bullocks contains the abbreviation for paid and a poetic word meaning anything.
8d Band with zero sex appeal upset arrangement (13)
ORCHESTRATION: a large band and the reversal of a phrase (2,2) meaning zero sex appeal.
15d Turned out to consume tea that’s unfamiliar (9)
UNCHARTED: an anagram (out) of TURNED holds an informal word for tea.
17d Have something in common with friend, literally? (7)
OVERLAP: split the answer 4,3 and use the first part as an indicator to find the friend.
18d Nearly nuts about Oscar after a short time (5,2)
EARLY ON: an anagram (nuts) of NEARLY containing the letter for which Oscar is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
19d Warriors mostly told to surround an odd revolutionary (7)
SAMURAI: a verb meaning told without its last letter contains the reversal of ‘an odd’.
20d Observe line has disturbed facial feature (7)
EYELASH: collate a verb to observe, the abbreviation for line and an anagram (disturbed) of HAS.
22d Morse vacantly needing help to raise sources of information (5)
MEDIA: the outer letters of Morse precede the reversal of a synonym for help.
The clues I liked best were 19a and 26a. Which ones attracted your admiration?