Toughie No 2655 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/**** – Enjoyment ***
No anagrams, no obscurities with the ‘toughness’ coming from the wordplay (although there are also some ‘gimmes’ to get us started) – what’s not to like?
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7a Serious complaint not initially plaguing second person in Paris (8)
GRIEVOUS: a complaint or whinge without the initial letter of plaguing is followed by a grammatical second person in French.
9a Enquire about current leading men in religious institution (6)
PRIORY: a verb to enquire or investigate contains the symbol for electric current and the abbreviation for men in the forces.
10a Sport arising from running round in square (4)
FOUR: string together the abbreviation for a 15-a-side sport and a preposition meaning ‘arising from’ then reverse it all.
11a I travel beside trail filled with colour (10)
IRIDESCENT: charade of I, a verb to travel and a trail or spoor.
12a Women’s puzzle book overlooked, and not a convincing explanation (6)
WAFFLE: the abbreviation for women and a verb to puzzle or perplex without its initial B[ook].
14a Vermin? Note: contact landlord (8)
LICENSEE: splice together some parasitic vermin, the abbreviation for note and a verb to contact or meet.
15a Experimenter and demonstrator dismissing expert (6)
TESTER: remove a 3-letter expert from the beginning of a demonstrator.
17a Engineers to get involved in instruction to restore highway (6)
STREET: the abbreviation for our army engineers goes inside an instruction to restore the previous version in some text.
20a Mishap I had when overwhelmed by stress (8)
ACCIDENT: the contracted form of ‘I had’ is contained in a synonym of stress.
22a Treatment of wound succeeded — tomorrow sees female heading off (6)
SUTURE: the genealogical abbreviation for succeeded followed by what ‘tomorrow’ can mean in a literary sense without its heading letter (the abbreviation for female).
23a Unfocused, losing money, snatching wader without thinking? (10)
INDISCREET: start with an adjective meaning unfocused or fuzzy, remove the dated word for money and insert a 3-letter female wading bird.
24a Gather summary has omitted central item (4)
REAP: omit the central letter from a summary.
25a The epitome of romance seen around European places (6)
VENUES: the name of the Roman goddess who epitomised romance contains an abbreviation of European.
26a Pleasure — it has returned in Conservative Party? (8)
FUNCTION: start with a synonym for pleasure or enjoyment then reverse IT inside one of the abbreviations for Conservative.
1d Superior total, sealing game up (8)
ARROGANT: an adjective meaning total or utter contains the reversal of a board game.
2d Rent adjacent locations in elite area (4)
3d Who’ll have staff apprehending one leader of criminals? (6)
POLICE: a semi-all-in-one. A staff or post contains the Roman numeral for one and the leading letter of criminals.
4d After meal fails to start, split punch (8)
UPPERCUT: glue together a meal without its first letter and a verb to split or sever.
5d Recording being played: something sure to provide surprise (10)
DISCONCERT: assemble a medium for recording music or data, an adverb meaning ‘being played’ and an informal word for ‘a sure thing’.
6d Condition shown by medium dog biting man’s bottom (6)
TRANCE: a verb to dog or follow contains the bottom letter of man.
8d Block steps to secure source of funding (6)
STIFLE: steps in the countryside contain the first letter of funding.
13d Particular rapid way of speaking abandoned by last of Americans? (10)
FASTIDIOUS: bring together an adjective meaning rapid, a way of speaking or dialect without its last letter and an abbreviation meaning ‘of Americans’.
16d I’m not sure to intervene in tax trouble (8)
EXERCISE: an exclamation meaning “I’m not sure” goes inside a fiscal tax.
18d Black badger regularly taking aromatic plant (8)
TARRAGON: a verb to cover with a black substance is followed by a verb meaning to badger or scold and an adverb meaning ‘regularly taking’ (medicine, say).
19d Emphatic view of it is restricting tense team in Bundesliga? (6)
ITSELF: IS contains the grammatical abbreviation for tense. Follow that with what a team in the Bundesliga might be called if a team in the UK is called an eleven.
21d Pace is lacking in case (6)
CANTER: remove IS from a case or container.
22d Opinion offered about metal with a lustrous surface (6)
SATINY: an opinion offered (as in “can I have my *** now?”) contains a metal.
24d Buccaneer not showing very good speed (4)
RATE: start with a buccaneer and remove the short word meaning very good or holy.
For the podium I’ve picked 7a, 12a and 19d. Which one(s) featured in your list?