Toughie No 2622 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Hudson has given us a witty and very enjoyable puzzle today – many thanks to him. The crossword is notable for two reasons – a) it is a double pangram and b) it has no anagrams. Very impressive!
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Warning when throwing Spooner’s fatty, slimy stuff? (8)
GARDYLOO: this was a warning shouted to pedestrians below when throwing what are euphemistically called ‘slops’ from an upstairs window in olden times. Spooner would convert it (as 5,3) to fatty / slimy stuff.
5a Stats about fine retired plane (6)
DAKOTA: a word for stats contains the reversal of a verbal response meaning fine or satisfactory.
9a Item worn by Madonna in French Canadian region? (8)
LABRADOR: as 2,3,1’2 this could be the French translation of Madonna’s coloured supporting garment. This was my last to parse as I initially thought Madonna was going to be la vierge Marie.
10a Look, Derek! A pavilion! (6)
GAZEBO: charade of a verb to look intently and the forename of actress Derek.
12a Dress carried back home, eventually (6)
ENROBE: reverse a past participle meaning carried and append the final letter of ‘home’.
13a Please stop Pelham obstructing rule of law (8)
ESTOPPEL: hidden in the clue is ‘a judicial bar to alleging or proving that a fact is otherwise than it appears to be’ (thanks to BRB). I had heard of the word but had no idea what it meant.
15a Connected with Lawrence after endless brandy (7)
COGNATE: a type of brandy without its last letter and the initials of a famous Mr Lawrence (not the novelist, the other one).
16a Curse mazy dribbles in commentary (4)
JINX: this sounds like a word for mazy dribbles on a football pitch.
20a Follow the introduction of Ottoman governor (4)
OBEY: the first letter of Ottoman and a governor in the Ottoman empire.
21a Unwound broadcast after change of axis (7)
RELAXED: start with a verb meaning broadcast or disseminated and change the letter used to describe a vertical axis to that of a horizontal one.
25a Impounded returning English vicar got the shakes (8)
QUIVERED: impounded here has the cryptic meaning of ‘put into a pound’. What we have to put in is the reversal of an abbreviation for English and the short title of a vicar.
26a Embedded deeply advanced starch (6)
FARINA: a phrase (3,2) meaning ’embedded deeply’ and the abbreviation for advanced.
28a Leaders sacked in bent city body (6)
ENTITY: drop the first letters from two words in the clue.
29a 9 possibly led before own goal (5,3)
GUIDE DOG: stick together a verb meaning led or escorted and the abbreviation for own goal.
30a Etcher regularly cut brilliant Ancient Greek heroine (6)
THRACE: knit together the even letters of etcher and an adjective meaning brilliant to get this heroine of Greek mythology.
31a Where to spot a milestone, incidentally (2,3,3)
BY THE WAY: where a milestone might be seen. Here’s Bob Mortimer’s story involving a friend with this name:
1d Swinger (promiscuous person) cuddling large female (6)
GOLFER: an informal word for a promiscuous person contains abbreviations for large and female.
2d Inter — again! — beginning to roast East Lancs side (6)
REBURY: assemble the first letter of roast, the abbreviation for East and the football team of a town traditionally in Lancashire but actually belonging to a district of Greater Manchester since the 1970s. The team went bust in 2019 and was expelled from the Football League.
3d Annual yen for audio novel? (8)
YEARBOOK: the abbreviation for yen followed by what could (cryptically) be an audio novel (3,4).
4d Reed, not broken, oddly trimmed (4)
OBOE: remove the odd letters from ‘not broken’.
6d South American banker that’s unpopular in the High Street? (6)
AMAZON: double definition, the second being possibly the main reason so many high street stores are closing down.
7d Spent too much with extra flat outside northmost bit of Islington (8)
OVERPAID: bring together an adverb meaning extra and an informal word for a flat containing the top letter of Islington.
8d American dad left former partner Amy finally in fit of infuriation (8)
APOPLEXY: this is made up of five different bits: an abbreviation for American, a (mainly US) word for father, the abbreviation for left, our usual former partner and the final letter of Amy.
11d Sounds like Connery’s lost the place for his Embassy! (7)
ASHTRAY: this is how the late Sir Sean would have pronounced a word meaning lost or off course.
14d Knight, having entered, toppled over as he did when knighted (7)
KNEELED: insert the chess abbreviation for knight into a verb meaning toppled over.
17d New mission to support military commander in victory (8)
CONQUEST: the abbreviation for new and a mission (often involving a long search) follow the abbreviation for a military commander.
18d Contemplative individual sacrificing some time for one seeking compromise (8)
MEDIATOR: start with a contemplative person and remove one of the two abbreviations for time.
19d Portico, very hot, fringing Europe’s foremost golf club (8)
VERANDAH: abbreviations for very and hot contain the foremost letter of Europe and a golf club (1,3,1) based at St Andrews.
22d Busy hospital with heads of Intensive Care covering up shock therapy (6)
HECTIC: the abbreviation for hospital and the leading letters of ‘intensive care’ contain the abbreviation for shock therapy to the brain.
23d Opening profit on NYSE? (6)
WINDOW: as 3,3 this could be a profit or gain on the shorthand term for a market index (full name the *** Jones Industrial Index) on the New York Stock Exchange.
24d ‘Trajan’, Glyndebourne somewhat discordant (6)
JANGLY: hidden in the clue.
27d Harbour property unlit (4)
QUAY: remove LIT from a synonym of property or characteristic.
There are lots of fun clues here – I’ll go for 1a, 9a, 1d and 6d. Which clue(s) tickled you?