Toughie No 2602 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
When I first scanned the clues I thought this puzzle was going to be tricky but it turned out to be both straightforward and highly enjoyable with a good few laughs. Many thanks to Hudson.
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1a Pancake landing’s first thing tackled by the majority of WWII fliers (6)
WAFFLE: the first letter of landing is contained in more than half the name of an enemy air force in WWII. I’m not sure that I’d call this a pancake but I’m prepared to be corrected.
5a Tofu head smoked, lacking energy (4,4)
BEAN CURD: a slang word for head and a synonym of smoked or preserved without the abbreviation for energy.
9a Criminally cheat in shielding tax area guarded by Swiss (3,7)
THE VATICAN: an anagram (criminally) of CHEAT IN contains a type of tax that the Chancellor has promised not to increase today.
10a Item on Fox trashing Republican president (4)
BUSH: the tail of a fox without the abbreviation for Republican.
11a Daughter studying with some apprehension (8)
DREADING: the abbreviation for daughter and a present participle meaning studying.
12a Astrolabes unfortunately in pieces, leaving flashing light (6)
STROBE: remove individual bits (in pieces) of a word meaning unfortunately from astrolabes.
13a Tehrani regularly flying one further east? (4)
THAI: take away regular letters from Tehrani.
15a Old park-keeper, Head of Yeovil Conservatory (8)
ORANGERY: string together the abbreviation for old, a park-keeper and the first letter of Yeovil.
18a Sugar-coated Ginger Spice from the Maghreb? (8)
ALGERIAN: the first name of Ginger Spice is contained (coated) in the forename of Lord Sugar.
19a State with Portuguese flavour home to Yankee artist (4)
GOYA: the Indian state which was formerly Portuguese contains the letter that Yankee represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
21a Idiot reportedly looks at jury in Edinburgh (6)
ASSIZE: stick together an idiot and a homophone of ‘looks at’ to get a Scottish word for a jury.
23a Chap taking on legal manoeuvring, straight-talking fellow? (8)
MAGELLAN: another word for a chap contains an anagram (manoeuvring) of LEGAL to get the name of the navigator who gave his name to a homophone of straight (Strait of Magellan) in the southern hemisphere.
25a Solid Tory base (4)
CONE: one of the abbreviations for Tory and the letter used for the base number in logarithms.
26a Get lippy with wife on vacation in miserable snack bar (6,4)
ANSWER BACK: the outer letters of wife go inside an anagram (miserable) of SNACK BAR.
27a Tyrannical Democrat in charge smuggling ecstasy tablets and marijuana (8)
DESPOTIC: abbreviations for Democratic and ‘in charge’ contain the abbreviations for ecstasy tablets and an informal word for marijuana.
28a HMRC chap Spooner’s browned off, completely? (6)
TAXMAN: Spooner might change this to what one might get from a long period under a sunlamp.
2d Loathe one in HMS Pinafore Covent Garden’s mounted (5)
ABHOR: lash together an abbreviation for someone serving on HMS Pinafore (or any other ship) and the reversal of the abbreviation for the arts venue which is located in London’s Covent Garden.
3d VVV? (4-1-4)
FIVE-A-SIDE: a type of football usually played indoors involving V versus V.
4d English/Latin translation’s clause affecting Will (6)
ENTAIL: an abbreviation of English followed by an anagram (translation) of LATIN produces a legal restriction on how an estate may be disposed of.
5d Sourcing bad muck to be broadcast in a lift? (10,5)
BACKGROUND MUSIC: an anagram (to be broadcast) of SOURCING BAD MUCK.
6d He’s likely to forget taking part in ‘Courcais en Marche!’ uprising (8)
AMNESIAC: hidden in reverse. Google tells me that Courçais is the name of a commune in central France.
7d Taxi driver’s bottom pierced by tip of elephant trunk (5)
CABER: another word for a taxi and the last letter of driver with the first letter of elephant inserted.
8d Blunder in Times after file item got in a jam (9)
RASPBERRY: insert a verb to blunder into a word meaning ‘times’ in maths and precede all that with a coarse file.
14d 9 occasionally emits this exclamation (4,5)
HOLY SMOKE: double definition – what appears from 9a every few years and an exclamation of the type uttered by Batman’s companion.
16d Set ventriloquist’s hat decoration on chest (6-3)
GOGGLE-BOX: start with how a not-too-good ventriloquist might pronounce a small ball attached to a hat and append a chest or crate. Does anyone remember Peter Brough (with his doll Archie) who was useless as a ventriloquist but who overcame this problem by mainly performing on the radio so that nobody could see his lips move?
17d Boarding budget-fare Filipinos capsized small boat (4,4)
LIFE RAFT: hidden in reverse.
20d Soprano, good for learner, upset old king (6)
EGBERT: start with a high singing voice (more or less equivalent to soprano) and replace our usual learner driver with the abbreviation for good. Finally reverse it to get the name of 9th century king of Wessex.
22d Turning puce, I freeze over (3,2)
ICE UP: an anagram (turning) of PUCE I.
24d Leaders of African city conducted round another African city (5)
ACCRA: a ‘first letters’ clue.
The clues I ticked included 23a, 5d and 16d but my favourite has to be the Sugar-coated 18a. Which ones did the business for you?