Toughie No 2723 by Giovanni
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
I do find Giovanni’s puzzles more enjoyable when, as is the case today, he eschews his religious obscurities. Thanks to him.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Inspirited to be free — is out to be this? (8)
INTREPID: an anagram (to be free) of INSPIRITED after removing IS.
6a Rotter that was played down by cartoon curate? (3,3)
BAD EGG: the rotten breakfast item which was downplayed by the humble curate in the famous Punch cartoon.
9a Grumpy person, resident doubling up at the outset (6)
CODGER: start with a paying resident and double the first letter in the style of a Roman mathematician.
10a Macaroni ruined material (8)
MAROCAIN: an anagram (ruined) of MACARONI.
11a Bishop and Lord having good time spanning many years in club (8)
BLUDGEON: string together the chess abbreviation for bishop, the form of ‘lord’ used in court, the abbreviation for good and a long period of time.
12a Greeting provided by Christian group with musical accompaniment (6)
SALUTE: fuse together the abbreviation for a quasi-military Christian group and an old musical instrument.
13a Nurse Grey is involved with our hospital procedure (12)
NEUROSURGERY: an anagram (is involved) of NURSE GREY and OUR.
16a Advice to help beat Covid could make one feel annoyed (3,3,6)
GET THE NEEDLE: what the Government’s medical advisers are constantly urging us to do.
19a Attic’s in a mess — it’s shocking! (6)
STATIC: an anagram (in a mess) of ATTICS.
21a At home hesitation about a member of the family may be sensible (2,6)
IN REASON: assemble an adverb meaning ‘at home’, the reversal of an expression of hesitation, A and a family member.
23a Perhaps make driverless car with China’s backing (8)
AUTOMATE: another word for a car precedes what china is rhyming slang for.
24a Periods of records covering old church (6)
EPOCHS: types of vinyl record containing abbreviations for old and church.
25a Monster that could make you weak at first and possibly nervy (6)
WYVERN: the first letter of weak and an anagram (possibly) of NERVY.
26a Monarch fled, joining endeavour that would involve silly journeys? (8)
ERRANTRY: splice together our current monarch’s regnal cipher, a synonym of fled and an endeavour or attempt.
2d See fool strip in the restaurant (6)
NOODLE: double definition, the second a strip of food.
3d Writer of leader in tabloid was furious (5)
RAGED: split 3,2 this could be the person responsible for writing the leading article in a tabloid.
4d Sort of blue when meeting delightful bully (9)
PERSECUTE: charade of a dark-blue colour and an adjective meaning delightful or sweet.
5d Singer performing with love, entertaining millions (7)
DOMINGO: a present participle meaning performing and the zero-resembling letter contain the abbreviation for millions.
6d Tidal floods? They are tedious (5)
BORES: double definition, the first being tidal floods of the type experienced in the Severn area for example.
7d Gee, a cloud swirls round — as this is received on mountain! (9)
DECALOGUE: an anagram (swirls around) of GEE A CLOUD.
8d They are out on cold nights showing courage, rest having been disturbed (8)
GRITTERS: a word meaning courage followed by an anagram (having been disturbed) of REST.
13d Uncomfortable, being unable to receive visitors? (3,2,4)
NOT AT HOME: double definition, the first being the opposite of ‘at ease’.
14d What being abandoned could make for rawer nude? (9)
UNDERWEAR: if you abandon your answer (an anagram (could make) of RAWER NUDE) you could be chilly down below. No pictures available I fear.
15d Plant in area captured by company of Roman soldiers (8)
CENTAURY: the abbreviation of area inserted in a company of 100 Roman soldiers.
17d Someone ultimately wicked you may give a bad look (4,3)
EVIL EYE: stitch together the ultimate letter of someone, an adjective meaning wicked and an old form of ‘you’.
18d Limited parking leads to additional fuss (6)
POTHER: the abbreviation (limited) of parking precedes another word for additional.
20d Most of Asian country penetrated by a train (5)
CHAIN: a large Asian country without its last letter has A inserted.
22d Dress to admire when given new hem (5)
ADORN: a verb to admire or hold dear with its bottom (hem) replaced by N(ew).
My podium consists of 3d, 8d and 14d. Which one(s) made the grade for you?