Toughie No 2671 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
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I thought that proXimal was less tricky today than he can sometimes be and the single X in the grid seemed out of character for him.
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1a Changes M&S trousers for friend returning legwear (13)
METAMORPHOSES: M and S contain the reversal of ‘for friend’ (3,4) and some legwear.
9a Four-wheel drive intercepting damages police transport (5,4)
SQUAD CARS: a word for four-wheel drive vehicles goes inside a verb meaning damages or disfigures.
10a Sailing boat south with wind (5)
SLOOP: the abbreviation for south followed by a verb to wind (rhyming with bind rather than binned).
11a Spot the Queen band member, perhaps (5)
PIPER: charade of a spot (on a domino for example) and the Queen’s regnal cipher.
12a Shaded house I’d regularly overlooked (4)
HUED: remove regular letters from “house I’d”.
13a Notable person I’m irritated to back (4)
STAR: reverse a mild expression of irritation.
15a Moved to another place and read out aloud (2-5)
RE-SITED: this sounds like ‘read out’.
17a Cunning little bears close to hive (7)
SLEIGHT: an adjective meaning little contains the closing letter of hive.
18a Papers penned by father and aged female worked well (4,3)
PAID OFF: the abbreviation for identity papers is contained in an affectionate word for father, ‘aged’ (as in ‘a man ** forty years’) and the abbreviation for female.
20a Chicken soup’s prepared at home (7)
POUSSIN: an anagram (prepared) of SOUP’S and our usual adverb meaning ‘at home’.
21a Rossini composed, cutting son playing organ part (4)
IRIS: remove the unordered (playing) letters of SON from ROSSINI and make an anagram (composed) of what remains.
22a Obscure book, not complete enticement (4)
BLUR: the abbreviation for book and an enticement or bait without its last letter.
23a Help gassy pets, bringing guts out for both (5)
ASSET: select the insides of two words in the clue.
26a Later in the day not on being drunk (5)
TIGHT: remove ‘on’ from a time later in the day.
27a After moment, cry echoes: one’s involved in shooting (5,4)
FLASH BULB: after a moment or short period of time reverse a verb to weep. The BRB has the answer as a single word.
28a Supreme king in a chamber surrounded by money (3,10)
PAR EXCELLENCE: a Russian doll clue. The Latin word for king goes inside A and a chamber (in a monastery, perhaps). That is all contained in some money or small change.
1d Nick is apt to support Mike (14)
MISAPPROPRIATE: IS and a synonym for apt follow the letter that Mike represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
2d Part of hand cut on opening of policeman’s cuff (5)
THUMP: stick together part of the human hand without its last letter and the opening letter of policeman.
3d Dare stray, shackled by proposal for self-restraint (10)
MODERATION: an anagram (stray) of DARE is contained in a formal proposal.
4d Got to pine wine boxes (7)
REACHED: a verb to pine or long is contained in a type of wine.
5d One entertains those assembled on ship (7)
HOSTESS: an anagram (assembled) of THOSE and our usual abbreviated ship.
6d Small timber frame (4)
SASH: put together the abbreviation for the clothing size small and a type of timber.
7d Period wearing sportswear shows inadequacies (9)
SHORTAGES: a synonym for period or era is contained in what sport players may wear below the waist.
8d On time, fit hospital fixture (9,5)
OPERATING TABLE: string together an adverb meaning on or functioning, the abbreviation for time and an adjective meaning fit or competent.
14d British fellow receiving article in the new inheritance (10)
BEQUEATHAL: an abbreviation for British and a synonym for fellow or peer contain an anagram (new) of THE holding an indefinite article.
16d Becoming stuck measuring around bottom of settee (7,2)
SEIZING UP: a phrase meaning measuring or estimating contains the final letter of settee.
19d Type of pastry top for feast? Answer by organiser (7)
FILOFAX: assemble a type of thin pastry, the top letter of feast, an abbreviation for answer and the letter used in maths to mean ‘by’.
20d Lively revamped bar 1000 spread throughout (7)
PERVADE: an anagram (lively) of REVAMPED after you’ve taken out the Roman numeral for 1000.
24d Reject from London club having final change of direction (5)
SPURN: the short name of a London football club with its final letter changed to the opposite direction.
25d Bustle in which guest of Her Majesty is found (4)
STIR: double definition, the second where Her Majesty’s guest may be spending time.
I ticked 1a, 11a and 7d today. Which clue(s) made the grade for you?