Toughie No 2727 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** – Enjoyment **
It’s Kcit’s turn today – thanks to him.
There’s nothing very obscure here (good) and the wordplay is all very fair but I did find a lot of clues were a bit repetitive with lots of little bits to be assembled and not a lot of laughs.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Work on a new look — continue appearing in shot, getting good in certain lines (7,7)
PLASTIC SURGERY: insert a verb to continue into an informal shot then insert the abbreviation for good into a synonym of certain and finish with an abbreviation for lines.
9a Collector in greyish-brown carrying amounts around (7)
DUSTMAN: a greyish-brown colour containing the reversal of the abbreviation for amounts.
10a An opening for dramatics claimed by average awkward person (2-3-2)
SO-AND-SO: a term meaning average (2-2) contains AN and the opening letter of dramatics.
11a No specific number entertained by popular hostelry (3)
INN: insert the symbol for an unspecified number into an adjective meaning popular.
12a Attraction leading to attempt to marry? Legal intervention here (6,5)
APPEAL COURT: charade of a word meaning attraction or allure and a verb to date someone with a view to marriage.
14a Race completely in control of Republicans (6)
GALLOP: an adverb meaning completely is contained by the abbreviation for the Republican Party in the USA.
15a Remains bored, withdrawing our team’s boxing debut at last (8)
DETRITUS: the reversal of an adjective meaning bored and a pronoun meaning ‘our team’ contain the last letter of ‘debut’.
17a Voluntary work involving keys will engross island (8)
OPTIONAL: splice together the usual abbreviation for work and an adjective meaning ‘relating to musical keys’ containing an abbreviation for island. Did anyone else try initially to use the name of a Scottish island in the wordplay?
19a Officer of the law rejected loophole (3-3)
COP-OUT: put together an informal word for a law officer and an adjective meaning rejected or no longer in fashion.
22a Crazy suggestion backed eating large dessert (6,5)
BANANA SPLIT: an informal word for crazy followed by the reversal of a helpful suggestion containing the clothing abbreviation for large.
23a Couple and haul, moving weight forwards (3)
TWO: a verb to haul with the abbreviation for weight moved towards the front.
24a A little taken aback, interrupted by chap refusing to back down? (7)
ADAMANT: A followed by the reversal of a small amount with a synonym for chap inserted.
26a Piano melody, getting loud, starts to unwind later in high-spirited style (7)
PLAYFUL: string together the abbreviation for piano, a literary word for a song, the abbreviation for loud and the starting letters of ‘unwind later’.
27a Refuse to associate with second attempt securing expulsion of witches? (4,2,8)
SEND TO COVENTRY: the abbreviation for second and an attempt contain a phrase (3,2,5) which could mean ‘no more witches’.
1d Character in series displaying power, enhancing northern show (10,4)
PADDINGTON BEAR: glue together the abbreviation for power, a phrase (6,2) meaning enhancing, the abbreviation for northern and a verb to show.
2d Ways gunmen raised weapons (7)
ARSENAL: some ways or roads and the abbreviation for army gunmen all reversed.
3d Malt whisky confusing to man clutching old whiskey label (5,6)
TAMLA MOTOWN: just when I thought we were heading for an anagram-less puzzle we get a clue containing two anagrams. Start with an anagram (whisky, in the manner of a whisk?) of MALT and add an anagram (confusing) of TO MAN containing the abbreviation for old and the letter for which whiskey is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
4d Issue about a new projection (6)
CANOPY: an issue or edition contains A and the abbreviation for new.
5d November in American harbour is rather hairy (8)
UNSHAVEN: the letter that November represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet goes inside an abbreviation for American and a synonym of harbour.
6d Region of India not Liberal in ambition (3)
GOA: remove the abbreviation for Liberal from an ambition.
7d Have third thoughts about defensive structure? (7)
REDOUBT: this could be a verb meaning to have third thoughts about.
8d Armies move easily around Spain, uplifting the historic catering supplier (7,7)
HOSTESS TROLLEY: a word for armies and a verb to move easily and casually contain the IVR code for Spain. Finally add the reversal of an historic word for ‘the’.
13d Concern about profits almost entirely seen in marketplace? (3,4,4)
CAR BOOT SALE: a word meaning concern contains an obsolete word for profits or advantages (nowadays only seen in the phrase ‘to ****’ meaning ‘in addition’) and an adverb meaning entirely without its last letter.
16d Elevated speech from founder, losing one argument (8)
FALSETTO: rivet together a verb to founder or break down without the Roman numeral for one and an argument (3-2).
18d Someone complaining in manner having weight (7)
TONNAGE: a constant complainer goes inside a synonym of manner or character.
20d Excluded over infiltrating organisation (3,2,2)
OUT OF IT: the cricket abbreviation for over infiltrates another word for an organisation or business.
21d A sign restricting parking repeatedly in Middle East city (6)
ALEPPO: A and a zodiacal sign contain a repeated abbreviation for parking.
25d Sum? Am splitting final figure (3)
ADD: we’re back in a Roman maths lesson. Start with the A of ‘am’ and split its second (final) figure into two equal parts.
My favourite clue was 7d. Which one(s) did it for you?