Toughie No 2635 by Kcit
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
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1a Possibly quick source of discomfort (3,2,5)
BED OF NAILS: for a cryptic reading of the answer think of ‘quick’ as a noun.
6a Live recording disheartened composer (4)
BERG: a charade of a verb to live and the outer letters of recording produces an Austrian composer.
10a Second place, not first, to find ruminant (5)
MOOSE: glue together a short word for a second or short time and a verb to place without its first letter.
11a Quiet geese disturbed with interruption by family dog (9)
PEKINGESE: the musical abbreviation for quiet is followed by an anagram (disturbed) of GEESE containing a synonym of family.
12a Start to rant, for one drink’s overturned, making derisive noise (7)
SNIGGER: assemble the starting letter of rant, an abbreviation meaning ‘for one’, an alcoholic drink and the ‘S. Now reverse it all.
13a Reputation not good? Substitute required (5-2)
STAND-IN: a word meaning reputation without the abbreviation for good.
14a One oversees the correct placing of landings between flights (7,5)
CONTROL TOWER: whether you think this is a cryptic definition or just a plain definition probably depends on whether your first thought was of staircases or not.
18a A line and leads found tangled, delivering shock? (3,2,1,6)
ALL OF A SUDDEN: A and the abbreviation for line followed by an anagram (tangled) of LEADS FOUND produce a phrase meaning ‘with no warning’. I wasn’t sure whether to underline the last two words or just the last.
21a Funny black stuff coating item used by stand-up? (7)
COMICAL: black stuff from below ground contains an abbreviated item used by a stand-up performer.
23a Put on the radio, say, man on the radio offers news from overseas (7)
AIRMAIL: join together a verb to put on the radio and a homophone (on the radio) of a word meaning man.
24a Staff outside welcoming lad in navy (9)
PERSONNEL: a Russian doll clue – the outside (of an apple, say) contains the abbreviation for our navy which in turn contains a synonym of lad.
25a Proposing to offer no sign of gratitude for jewellery (5)
BLING: start with another word for proposing (a parliamentary question, for example) and remove a short word of thanks.
26a Poverty line finally pinned down in revolutionary study (4)
NEED: the last letter of line goes inside the reversal of a study.
27a Solid sound of parrot and wading bird clashing around back of shed (10)
POLYHEDRON: bang together (clashing) a homophone of an informal word for a parrot and a long-legged wading bird containing the last letter of shed.
1d Puzzle? Happen to get inspiration (6)
BEMUSE: charade of a verb to happen and a source of artistic inspiration.
2d Suppose cut will undermine doctor making visit (4,2)
DROP IN: a verb to suppose or declare without its final E follows an abbreviation for doctor.
3d Recompense performer about large mistake about director’s initial positive content? (4-4,6)
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR: a word for recompense or payment and a role-player contain the abbreviation for large and a blunder or foolish mistake. We’re not finished yet because we now have to insert the initial letter of director.
4d Airborne soldier invested in suitable American kit (9)
APPARATUS: an airborne soldier goes inside a synonym of suitable. Finish with an abbreviation for American.
5d Fake news securing 1000 responses on website? (5)
LIKES: a blunter word for ‘fake news’ contains one of the abbreviations for 1000.
7d Looks at feathers in preparation for game? (4,4)
EYES DOWN: a verb meaning ‘looks at’ and a synonym for feathers.
8d British writer with lines depicting forests etc (8)
GREENERY: I can never think of this British writer without remembering Kingsley Amis’s name for him of ‘Grim Grin’. Add the abbreviation for railway lines.
9d Unruly infernal teen brat yielding a name — this? (6,8)
ENFANT TERRIBLE: an anagram (unruly) of INFERN[a]L TEE[n] BRAT without A and the abbreviation for name.
15d Historic release during proceedings upset the ancient court (3,6)
OLD BAILEY: string together a synonym of historic, the temporary release of an accused person and the reversal of an ancient form of ‘the’.
16d Kitchen implement in brass, with a lot of glass (8)
SAUCEPAN: weld together a synonym for brass or cheek and a sheet of glass without its last letter.
17d Exclusive location on course invaded by river plant (4,4)
PLUM TREE: an adjective meaning exclusive or highly desirable and a location on a golf course containing the abbreviation for river.
19d Charge that is running into furthest tip of silver sword (6)
RAPIER: assemble an informal word for a criminal charge, the abbreviation for ‘that is’ and the last letter of silver.
20d Stick with using semaphore to get quantity of drink (6)
FLAGON: if you split the answer 4,2 it could mean to continue using semaphore.
22d Language making you gloomy? Not half (5)
LINGO: split the answer 1,2,2 to get what’s needed to make one half of the word gloomy.
The clues on my podium are 13a, 9d and 22d. Which one(s) did the business for you?