Toughie No 2719 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
This puzzle is great fun without being too tricky. Thanks to Hudson.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Surprisingly lucid, Arteta spoke coherently (11)
ARTICULATED: an anagram (surprisingly) of LUCID ARTETA.
9a Parrots 1 10 22 (9)
LORIKEETS: homophones (indicated by 1a) of 10a and 22d.
10a Vehicle returning two birthday presents unwrapped? (5)
LORRY: strip the outer letters from two of the three birthday presents reportedly brought from the Orient more than 2,000 years ago and reverse what you have left.
11a First-born daughter detained by Spain, in order to prevent … (6)
ELDEST: the genealogical abbreviation for daughter is contained in the IVR code for Spain and a conjunction meaning ‘in order to prevent’.
12a … heartlessviolent reaction (8)
BACKLASH: the clue from the online Puzzles site is as I’ve shown it and it doesn’t make a great deal of sense. In the paper however there is a “\” between heartless and violent – so we have to remove the central letter from what that symbol is called.
13a One having fought Jerry perfectly fittingly awarded Military Cross (6)
TOMCAT: a phrase (2,1,1) meaning ‘perfectly fittingly’ contains the abbreviation for Military Cross.
15a See? Innit funny, clever clogs! (8)
EINSTEIN: an anagram (funny) of SEE INNIT.
18a Mercenary beginning to bleed fleeing Edinburgh shot (5,3)
HIRED GUN: an anagram (shot) of EDIN[b]URGH once the first letter of bleed has scarpered.
19a Flaccid alien creature with suckers (6)
LIMPET: a synonym of flaccid and the alien that’s so useful to crossword compilers.
21a An unseen hazard to 1 10, perhaps British need reserve (5,3)
BLACK ICE: string together an abbreviation for British, a verb meaning need and a synonym of reserve.
23a See 25d
26a Scent of occasionally hairy woman, undressed (5)
AROMA: regular letters from hairy and ‘woman’ without her outer letters. Perhaps the occasionally hairy woman is not totally in love with her Brazilian?
27a Medium hot sauce stewing, dressing for chops (9)
MOUSTACHE: the clothing size abbreviation for medium followed by an anagram (stewing) of HOT SAUCE.
28a Take some parmesan, chop a NZ aubergine, squire! (6,5)
SANCHO PANZA: hidden in the clue is Don Quixote’s squire.
1d Mantel novel about current disorder (7)
AILMENT: an anagram (novel) of MANTEL contains the symbol for electric current.
2d Exhausted Irish parliamentarian suppressing anger (5)
TIRED: the letters used to signify a member of the Dáil contain another word for anger.
3d Caught 22 working together with Dundee supporter? (4,5)
CAKE STAND: assemble the cricket abbreviation for caught, an anagram (working) of 22d and a conjunction meaning ‘together with’.
4d Shelter King, a favourite of the Welsh (4)
LEEK: a word meaning shelter and the chess abbreviation for king.
5d Punching QANTAS man, I appal an island state (8)
TASMANIA: hidden in the clue.
6d Who doesn’t like this beer when visiting Denmark? (5)
DALEK: insert a type of beer into the IVR code for Denmark.
7d King George pub yard packed (old name The Eagle & Lion) (7)
GRYPHON: the imperial abbreviation for yard is packed between the regnal cipher of King George and the abbreviation for pub. Finally append abbreviations for old and name.
8d Caretaker on vacation — relax, and laugh like a drain! (6,2)
CREASE UP: the outer letters of caretaker and a phrasal verb to relax.
14d German car firm’s timetable upset designer of navigation system (8)
MERCATOR: glue together the short name of a German car and the reversal of a company’s timetable. There’s more information on this chap here.
16d Instal app streaming surgical procedure (6,3)
SPINAL TAP: an anagram (streaming) of INSTAL APP.
17d East End wife and mother with new bloke from The Hague? (8)
DUTCHMAN: knit together an informal Cockney term for wife, the affectionate word for one’s mother and the abbreviation for new.
18d End of match with Albion, ruined part of boot (7)
HOBNAIL: the last letter of match precedes an anagram (ruined) of ALBION.
20d May possibly have taken a pew at this spot when cycling (7)
THERESA: start with a phrase meaning ‘have taken a pew at this spot’ (3,4) and cycle the last letter round to the front.
22d Regularly featured pieces from UK web artist and poet (5)
KEATS: regular letters from ‘UK web artist’.
24d US army survey estimate 1000 missing (5)
RECON: a verb to estimate without an abbreviation for 1000.
25/23a House husband that’s horrible 1 10 (4,6)
HUGH LAURIE: collate the genealogical abbreviation for husband, an exclamation of disgust and a homophone of 10a. House here is a surname.
I ticked 13a, 28a, 3d and 25/23 but my favourite clue was 10a. Which one(s) did the business for you?