Toughie No 2715 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
There’s a theme in this Toughie with a number of synonyms of the answer to 8d. Thanks to Firefly.
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1a 8 with trip, I flaunt dreadfully … (11)
HIGHFALUTIN: start with another word for a trip or hallucinatory experience and add an anagram (dreadfully) of I FLAUNT. [Thanks to Jonners for pointing out my mistake]
9a … silly poems with mostly tired, vacuous kookiness about Morecambe (9)
LIMERICKS: a word for tired or weak without its last letter and the outer letters of kookiness contain Mr Morecambe.
I once bathed with a lady from Dudley
But just as we were getting cuddly
The moment went wrong
When I emitted a pong
Making the water go bubbly.
10a 8 left from outskirts of Torquay (5)
LOFTY: assemble the abbreviation for left, a synonym of ‘from’ and the outer letters of Torquay.
11a Console female attached to Isaac, having broken up (6)
FASCIA: the abbreviation for female and an anagram (having broken up) of ISAAC.
12a Graduate, falling short and beginning to stagnate, grumbles (8)
MAUNDERS: glue together an arts degree, a preposition meaning ‘falling short’ and the first letter of stagnate.
13a 8 young man married to Gilbert’s royal daughter (2-2-2)
LA-DI-DA: a young man and the name of the princess in a G&S opera.
15a Almost worn-out aboard negligently used junk (8)
DETRITUS: an adjective meaning worn-out or clichéd without its final letter goes inside an anagram (negligently) of USED.
18a Change from modest shilling (5,3)
PLAIN BOB: modest or unostentatious and the informal word for a shilling. You can find out about these changes here.
19a Space vehicle, coming from star, disappears (6)
TARDIS: hidden in the clue.
21a Interference having scope to proliferate (8)
MUSHROOM: rivet together a word for interference or background noise and a synonym for scope.
23a Desirable type of 8 voice … (6)
PLUMMY: double definition, the first an informal adjective meaning desirable or choice.
26a … in performance by Lyric Theatre (5)
ODEON: an adverb meaning ‘in performance’ follows a type of lyric.
27a Member marching in order of age, Norman? Not exactly! (9)
ORANGEMAN: an anagram (not exactly) of AGE NORMAN.
28a Papa keeping final letter under wraps (before the Telegraph becomes 8?) (11)
PRETENTIOUS: string together the letter for which papa is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, a word meaning keeping without its final N and how the compiler might refer to the Telegraph.
1d Instrumental recording, set in regular three-four, on Light originally (7)
HELPFUL: put a vinyl recording inside regular letters from ‘three-four’ and finish with the first letter of Light.
2d Sports periodical turns up on Wednesdays — central points being significant (5)
GAMES: reverse an abbreviated periodical before the central two letters of Wednesdays.
3d Barred door at front opening on behalf of US President (9)
FORBIDDEN: the first letter of door is inserted in ‘on behalf of’ and a US president making his second appearance of the day.
4/25d Put bar on attendance? That’ll control the flow (4,4)
LOCK GATE: a verb to put a bar on or close securely precedes the number of attendees coming through the turnstiles.
5d They left bequests of property, within limits of ‘thriftiness’ (8)
TESTATES: a word for property or lands goes between the outer letters of thriftiness.
6d Material from river reportedly turning up negative (5)
NYLON: what sounds like an African river and the reversal of a negative.
7d Obscure novel found in various syllabuses — first half of work’s dashed off (7)
ULYSSES: an anagram (various) of SYL[lab]USES once we’ve removed the first half of a synonym for work. The novel is actually very well-known so I suppose ‘obscure’ is being used in the sense of impenetrable (I certainly never managed to get very far into it).
8d Disturbed very loudly, elephant’s head moved about (8)
AFFECTED: the musical abbreviation for very loudly and the first letter of elephant go inside a verb meaning moved or took steps.
14d No longer working after cutback, climbing with kids inside racing car (8)
DRAGSTER: reverse the abbreviated form of an adjective meaning ‘no longer part of the workforce’ and insert a verb meaning kids or teases.
16d Back Red in production of larger hit (4,5)
REAR LIGHT: an anagram (production) of LARGER HIT.
17d Unchanged pitch is minute and impossible, given Yorkshire’s tail (8)
MONOTONE: string together an informal word for a minute or short period of time, a phrase (3,2) meaning impossible and the tail letter of Yorkshire.
18d 8 old politician’s in soup, unfortunately (7)
POMPOUS: the abbreviation for old and our usual elected politician go inside an anagram (unfortunately) of SOUP.
20d Saws sharpened accurately to begin with by Yankee in outskirts of Gallipolis (7)
SAYINGS: collate the starting letters of ‘sharpened accurately’, the letter for which Yankee is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, IN and the outer letters of Gallipolis.
22d Hoist in preparation for delivery (3-2)
RUN-UP: with a space rather than a hyphen this would be a phrasal verb meaning to hoist (a flag, say).
25d See 4d
My favourite clue was 18a. Which one(s) appealed to you?