Toughie No 2739 by Firefly
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
You’ll like this puzzle if you enjoy anagrams because my anagram counter reached double figures. Whatever happened to the Telegraph rule of no more than six anagrams per puzzle?
Thanks to Firefly.
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1/3/6a ‘Go slow’ crew below receive a sound beating (4,5,4)
LOSE HANDS DOWN: assemble a verb to go slow (a clock, for example), members of a ship’s crew and a synonym of below.
3a See 1a
6a See 1a
8a Dreamy Gloria hasn’t a map, unfortunately (15)
PHANTASMAGORIAL: an anagram (unfortunately) of GLORIA HASN’T A MAP. I’m more used to seeing this word containing a C.
9a Dad’s second jumper, for instance, shows full value (6)
AMOUNT: the second letter of dad and what a beastly jumper is an example of.
10a Song’s composed about flimsy trifles (8)
NOTHINGS: an anagram (composed) of SONG containing an adjective meaning flimsy.
11a Well-integrated chap comprehends kernel of thesis (8)
COHESIVE: a dated informal word for a chap contains the middle letters of thesis.
13a ‘Sovereign Bakeries’ failing, remain closed down (6)
KAISER: an anagram (failing) of BAKERIES after we’ve removed the verb to remain.
15a More tatty room pricey, oddly next to river (6)
ROPIER: odd letters of ‘room pricey’ and the abbreviation for river.
17a Miss note during recording — thus shut up! (8)
CLOSETED: a verb to miss or mislay and a note from tonic sol-fa go inside a recording medium.
19a Melting following English female’s gush (8)
EFFUSION: a word meaning melting follows abbreviations for English and female.
21a Cosmetic treatment of soilpipe so ‘off’ (6)
LIPPIE: an anagram (treatment) of [so]ILPIPE.
22a Portray the scatterbrained Nubian, maybe, and muck about? (3,3,5,4)
ACT THE GIDDY GOAT: string together a verb to portray or perform, THE, a synonym of scatterbrained and what a Nubian is an example of in the animal world.
23/24/25a Frank calling with dinner for students in former auditorium (4,5,4)
FREE TRADE HALL: rivet together an adjective meaning frank or open, a calling or vocation and a word for dinner in a college dining room. This auditorium, for a long time home to the Hallé orchestra, was in Manchester.
24a See 22a
25a See 22a
1d Calendar spoilt with lid of paint stripper (3,6)
LAP DANCER: an anagram (spoilt) of CALENDAR and the top letter (lid) of P[aint].
2d Seen in fjord, marine creature gets surprised expression from Jock (3,4)
SEA LOCH: concatenate a marine creature and a Scottish expression of surprise. The first two words of the clue seem to be there just to improve the surface.
3d Fitter needs wherewithal when struggling to remove both weights (9)
HEALTHIER: an anagram (when struggling) of [w]HERE[w]ITHAL without the two abbreviations for weight.
4d The setter’s people start to exult following negative vote for candidate (7)
NOMINEE: how the setter might describe his people and the starting letter of exult follow a negative vote.
5d Area, they say, is eyesore (5)
SIGHT: a homophone of a word meaning area or locality.
6d Editor with vim not exactly soporific (9)
DORMITIVE: an anagram (not exactly) of EDITOR and VIM.
7d Barney‘s wife called — article from Paris … (7)
WRANGLE: paste together the abbreviation for wife, a verb meaning called by phone and a French article.
12d … quite badly wetted, content-wise, in customs (9)
ETIQUETTE: an anagram (badly) of QUITE followed by the inner letters of wetted.
13d Kelvin currently on the shelf, it’s learned (9)
KNOWLEDGE: the abbreviation for Kelvin, an adverb meaning currently and another word for a shelf.
14d ‘Bean‘ brightened senior up around noon (3,6)
RED LENTIL: join together a verb meaning brightened or illuminated and an adjective meaning senior. Now reverse what you have and insert the abbreviation for noon.
16d Rice, perhaps, for constable? (7)
OFFICER: split your answer 3,4 to understand this reverse anagram.
17d Was she Shaw’s parasite? (7)
CANDIDA: the heroine of a GBS comedy is also a yeast-like parasitic fungus.
18d Starch thrown at a cop — one’s in for it! (7)
TAPIOCA: (yet another!) anagram (thrown) of AT A COP containing the Roman numeral for one.
20d Alpine ptarmigans a bit silly (5)
INEPT: hidden in the clue.
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