Toughie No 2731 by Micawber
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Micawber makes one of his all-too-rare appearances in the Toughie slot today. This one is very enjoyable as his puzzles always are.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Don’t leave any more in this dire shambles (10)
DISINHERIT: an anagram (shambles) of IN THIS DIRE.
6a Case of rowing records being overturned (4)
SPAT: reverse a verb meaning records or bugs. Rowing here rhymes with cowing rather than sowing.
9a Polish Conservative, outwardly disagreeable (5)
SCOUR: an abbreviation for Conservative contained in a synonym of disagreeable or embittered.
10a After scene, call for deal or settle perhaps using initial capital? (5,4)
PLACE NAME: after a synonym of scene we need a verb to call or label. Initial capital letters transform deal and settle into examples of the answer.
12a Politician identified as capable of promoting growth (5-8)
GREEN-FINGERED: charade of a member of a political party and identified or ‘singled out’.
14a Old Queen having radical leader of Trotskyites imprisoned and punished for beliefs (8)
MARTYRED: paste together a Tudor queen and a radical then insert the leading letter of Trotskyites.
15a Blair‘s alternative source of oil (6)
ORWELL: a conjunction identifying an alternative precedes a source of oil.
17a It could be cricket devotee’s location? (6)
INSECT: split 2,4 this could be where a religious devotee is to be found.
19a Raid netting academic who’s out for a good time (8)
HEDONIST: a raid or hold-up contains a senior academic.
21a Pupils progressing together with speed get help completing circuit (9,4)
CROCODILE CLIP: weld together a line of pupils walking together and an informal word for speed.
24a Decorate space in style of something hanging in church? (9)
EMBELLISH: assemble a space used in printing and, cryptically, ‘in the style of something hanging in the belfry’.
25a Venue taking a long time to make comeback (5)
ARENA: reverse ‘a long time’ (2,3).
26a State of agitation seeing return of s-spot (4)
TIZZ: a spot on the skin has its first letter duplicated as shown in the clue. Now reverse it.
27a A staggeringly insane sum for assistant (10)
AMANUENSIS: A followed by an anagram (staggeringly) of INSANE SUM.
1d Dee river in evening light (4)
DUSK: the identified letter and a river in Wales.
2d Parasite, small foul-smelling one (7)
SPONGER: the clothing abbreviation for small followed by someone suffering from BO perhaps.
3d Shark tracks fish where small fry are gathered (7,6)
NURSERY SCHOOL: join together a type of shark, the abbreviation for tracks and a group of fish.
4d One increasing volume direct from procurer (8)
EXPANDER: combine a preposition meaning ‘direct from’ and an old word (new to me) for a procurer or pimp.
5d Air translated TV panel game from Middle East (5)
IRAQI: an anagram (translated) of AIR and a TV panel game.
7d Partnership has runs in it, that is plain (7)
PRAIRIE: a partnership containing the cricket abbreviation for runs with the abbreviation for ‘that is’ appended.
8d He toiled to reset instrument (10)
THEODOLITE: an anagram (reset) of HE TOILED TO.
11d Accommodating bore with extremely high rental (5,2,6)
EAGER TO PLEASE: rivet together a word for a bore (of the type seen in the river Severn) and synonyms for ‘extremely high’ and rental.
13d In new form, since I’m not comprehensively educated? (10)
OMNISCIENT: an anagram (in new form) of SINCE I’M NOT.
16d Note the broadcast about large fundraiser (8)
TELETHON: an anagram (broadcast) of NOTE THE contains the clothing abbreviation for large.
18d Entertainment from crosswords? How bizarre! (7)
SHOWBIZ: hidden in the clue.
20d Words of journalist flashing credentials to create effect (7)
IMPRESS: what a journalist flashing his/her credentials might say (1’1,5).
22d Fool wasting time on central Colombian dialect (5)
IDIOM: a fool without the abbreviation for time precedes the central letter of Colombian.
23d I don’t know
what will get me through security (4)
PASS: double definition, the first an admission that one doesn’t know the answer to a question.
I ticked lots of clues including 15a, 24a and 7d but my favourite was 2d. Which one(s) cut the mustard for you?