Toughie No 2614 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
What a delight – a Silvanus puzzle on a Wednesday. As the resident Wednesday blogger I hope that this is a permanent move for our setter and not just a short-term arrangement.
This was a pleasure from start to finish, not too tricky but quality throughout – many thanks to Silvanus. There is a link between 17d and 14d – I’m not sure if there are any other cross-references I’ve missed.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a MP, possibly a Brit, called more corrupt … (7,8)
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT: an anagram (corrupt) of A BRIT CALLED MORE.
9a … after capture of constituency for example causes dispute (7)
GAINSAY: charade of the term used for a constituency being won by a different party at an election and another way of expressing ‘for example’. Dispute here is a verb.
10a Anticipate primary school class perhaps being overheard (7)
FORESEE: this sounds like what a class for 8-9 year-old pupils might be called.
11a Complex diagrams covering start of route for carnival (5,4)
MARDI GRAS: an anagram (complex) of DIAGRAMS containing the first letter of ‘route’.
12a Worry sweet dog’s been stolen (4)
FRET: start with a liquorice sweet made in Yorkshire then remove the short name of a short dog.
13a Tears over article anticipating pound’s decrease in value (6)
SPIRAL: reverse a verb meaning tears and add an indefinite article and the abbreviation for a pound sterling.
15a Girls regularly hosted by party animals in residence (8)
DOMICILE: insert regular letters from ‘girls’ into a festive party and some small animals.
18a Dressing up in escape shows wisdom (8)
SAPIENCE: an anagram (dressing up) of IN ESCAPE.
19a Mature actor, the one presented with the Oscar? (6)
VICTOR: double definition. ‘Mature’ needs to be the first word to disguise the fact that it’s a proper name.
22a Set off, forgetting meeting in school (4)
ETON: start with a verb to set off or explode and remove the romantic meeting.
23a Blatant fraud is admitted by retiring faculty head and university (9)
UNASHAMED: a synonym for fraud or fake goes inside the reversal of a faculty head and the abbreviation for university.
26a This setter’s virtually undoubted to get better! (7)
IMPROVE: how Silvanus would say that ‘he is’ followed by an adjective meaning undoubted or verified without its last letter.
27a Strained muscle, ultimately, that stops tennis shot (7)
INTENSE: the ultimate letter of muscle goes inside an anagram (shot) of TENNIS.
28a Some like ones here, most deem them rude (4-6,5)
FOUR-LETTER WORDS: all the constituents of the clue are examples (like ones here) of the answer. Brilliant!
1d Outside rear of greenhouse, sticks to support the French beans, maybe (7)
LEGUMES: a verb meaning sticks or pastes goes around the last letter of greenhouse and that all follows a French definite article.
2d Prickly shrub old comedy actor cut back (5)
BRIER: an old British comedy actor without his last letter.
3d Brown shrew in Padua said to inhabit the countryside (9)
RUSTICATE: this sounds like an adjective meaning reddish-brown (5) and the name of Shakespeare’s shrew (4).
4d Egg producers, individuals in a company under no pressure (6)
LAYERS: start with individuals in a company (a repertory one perhaps) and remove the top letter (the Physics abbreviation for pressure).
5d Streaming out of revolutionary Hanoi, suffering to some extent (8)
EFFUSION: hidden in reverse.
6d Right into fine starter of aubergine or other vegetable (4)
OKRA: insert an abbreviation for right between an informal expression meaning fine and the starting letter of aubergine.
7d Curb others having shower ahead of time (9)
RESTRAINT: knit together a word meaning others, a shower from above and the abbreviation for time.
8d Entertainment venue, extremely ambivalent visiting that place (7)
THEATRE: the outer letters of ambivalent go inside ‘that place’.
14d Spontaneously films port of Maputo at intervals, adding Uganda’s capital (9)
IMPROMPTU: extract regular letters from words 2-5 and append the capital letter of Uganda.
16d Dish from Wiltshire’s left out to cook (5,4)
IRISH STEW: remove the abbreviation for left from WI[L]TSHIRE’S and make an anagram (to cook) of what remains.
17d Composer from Switzerland, exceptional type, good person to have around (8)
SCHUBERT: the IVR code for Switzerland and a prefix (originally from German) meaning an exceptional type are enclosed in the abbreviation for our usual good and holy person. The composer produced eight solo piano pieces called 14d – this is number 3 of those – it’s played by Khatia Buniatishvili:
18d Female erupts with anger about husband — that’s flipping official (7)
SHERIFF: rivet together the abbreviation for female and an intransitive verb meaning ‘erupts with anger’ containing the genealogical abbreviation for husband. Now flip it all upside down.
20d Shows embarrassment in places socialists frequent? (7)
REDDENS: split 3,4 this could be places or dives frequented by socialists.
21d New musical coming up that’s local (6)
NATIVE: the abbreviation for new and the reversal of a Lloyd-Webber musical.
24d Slight pessimism in orthopaedic nurses (5)
MINOR: hidden in the clue.
25d Cry of bird beginning to hover above (4)
HOWL: a bird of prey preceded by the first letter of ‘hover’.
I had lots of ticks including 12a, 19a, 1d and 3d but my favourite was 28a. Which ones worked best for you?