Toughie No 2747 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I always enjoy Hudson’s Toughies but I was slightly disappointed by this one. It continued the run of floughieness that we’ve had all week and it seemed to lack a bit of the sparkle that we usually get from him.
Thanks to Hudson.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
8a Table water in Yorkshire returned sample of bacterium (8)
LISTERIA: a table or register and the reversal of a Yorkshire river.
9a American tax adviser deleting content, image online (6)
AVATAR: string together an abbreviation for American, a type of tax and the outer letters of adviser.
10a Fine tungsten-tipped pan (3)
WOK: an informal response meaning fine or satisfactory preceded by the chemical symbol of tungsten.
11a Makes cross in church, starts off new sermon every Sunday (8)
INCENSES: IN, one of the usual abbreviations for church and the starting letters of the last four words.
12a Glossy appearance of fish retired chap netted (6)
ENAMEL: a slithery fish contains the reversal of a synonym of chap.
13a Craft takes high water around edge of reef, a hidden danger at sea (5,5,5)
GREAT WHITE SHARK: an anagram (craft) of TAKES HIGH WATER containing the first letter of R(eef).
15a Send back mushrooms starter, oddly lacking vision (7)
SPECTRE: reverse some mushrooms and append the even letters of starter.
18a It warms bishop, gaunt, esurient, drained (7)
BLANKET: assemble the chess abbreviation for bishop, an adjective meaning gaunt or thin and the outer letters of esurient.
21a OMG! Sun’s politics disturbed a writer on the paper (6,9)
GOSSIP COLUMNIST: an anagram (disturbed) of OMG SUN’S POLITICS.
24a Substitute some players at Zurich (6)
ERSATZ: hidden in the clue.
25a Batting knocking the stuffing out of Derbyshire lower order comprehensively (2,6)
IN DETAIL: assemble an adjective meaning ‘currently batting’, the outer letters of Derbyshire and a word describing the lower order (i.e. normally numbers 7 to 11 on the team sheet) of a cricket team.
26a Twelve leaving party for Japanese school (3)
ZEN: drop the festive party from a word meaning twelve.
27a Son caught naked left barely legible note (6)
SCRAWL: paste together abbreviations for son and caught, an adjective meaning naked or unvarnished and the abbreviation for left.
28a Indian-style rattan door, including frames (8)
TANDOORI: our second hidden word.
1d Champion whiskey bar? The one in the Crown (6)
WINNER: glue together the letter which whiskey represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, a bar or pub and the number one character in the TV series The Crown.
2d Goddess subsequently entering advanced area (6)
ATHENA: if you’ve already done the back-page puzzle this should be a doddle. Insert a word meaning subsequently between abbreviations for advanced and area.
3d This angry exchange standing on floor (9,6)
CROSSWORD PUZZLE: an angry exchange (5,4) precedes a verb to floor or bewilder.
4d Case of Mauritius walnuts overturned (7)
LAWSUIT: our third hidden word – this one is reversed.
5d British duke pedalling furiously, gobbling wife’s tart (8,7)
BAKEWELL PUDDING: start with an abbreviation for British and add an anagram (furiously) of DUKE PEDALLING containing the genealogical abbreviation for wife.
6d Mum competed, taking on terribly hot gruelling event (8)
MARATHON: an affectionate word for mum and a verb meaning competed containing an anagram (terribly) of HOT.
7d Happy pedestrianised zone finally enclosed (8)
CAREFREE: a way of describing pedestrianised (3,4) containing the final letter of zone.
14d Sheep trapped by drain (3)
EWE: just the inner letters of a type of drain.
16d Yes, perhaps Genesis could be used for examples in this area (4,4)
PROG ROCK: Yes and Genesis are two examples of the purveyors of this genre.
17d One in desperate need of help by Friday? (8)
CASTAWAY: cryptic description of a Daniel Defoe character.
19d 10,000 flipping fish! (3)
KOI: join what looks like ’10’ and an abbreviation for thousand then reverse it all.
20d My international hotel’s Greek location (7)
CORINTH: staple together an exclamation meaning “my!”, an abbreviation for international and the letter for which hotel is used in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet.
22d Bad form, pinching inventor’s first idea (6)
NOTION: a way of saying ‘bad form’ (3,2) containing the first letter of inventor.
23d Those missing lessons — five down — they’ll go downhill rapidly (6)
SKIERS: start with a word for those who bunk off school or evade work and remove the Roman numeral for five.
My ticks today went to 25a and 19d. Which one(s) raised your spirits?