Toughie No 2759 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
It’s a pleasure to get a visit from Silvanus to Thursday Toughie territory. This one is not too tricky but very entertaining.
Thanks to Silvanus.
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7a Hardship in Cornish town not unknown (7)
PENANCE: remove one of the mathematical unknowns from the Cornish town which is the terminus of the Cornish Riviera Express and the current home of the Cornish Pirates rugby team.
8a Song about love includes, on reflection, oddly soppy line (7)
CALYPSO: an abbreviation meaning about or approximately and the love-resembling letter contain the reversal of the odd letters of ‘soppy’ and the abbreviation for line.
10a Good example of English way to break record (4,5)
ROLE MODEL: an abbreviation for English and a synonym of way go inside a record or register.
11a Take away by force all others picked up (5)
WREST: a homophone of a word meaning ‘all others’.
12a Group meeting cross, upset by European getting lavish praise (5)
EXTOL: join together a word meaning group and the cross-looking letter then reverse that lot and append it to an abbreviation for European.
13a Endlessly lie over runs on Irish bank (9)
RESERVOIR: string together a truncated verb to lie or recline, an anagram (runs) of OVER and an abbreviation for Irish.
15a Evidence perhaps of defective heating in sleeping area and rodents (7)
DORMICE: split your answer 4,3 to understand the first part of the clue.
17a Repeatedly discovered Hindus, all ages, creating humour (7)
INDULGE: remove the outer letters from the three words referenced.
18a South American doctor, rival occasionally, Costa Rican’s ready to welcome (9)
COLOMBIAN: one of the abbreviations for a medical doctor and the even letters of rival are contained in the Costa Rican currency.
20a Posh replacement for that woman’s aboard racehorse for business mogul (5)
SUGAR: replace the possessive pronoun (that woman’s) with the letter used to mean posh in the name of the famous racehorse stolen in the 1980s.
21a Border control (5)
LIMIT: double definition, the second a verb to control or restrict.
23a Made too much of duty to conceal mistake in dictionary (9)
OVERRATED: a type of duty or tax contains a verb to mistake and that goes inside the abbreviation for a well-known dictionary.
24a Gear extremely religious European always wears (7)
REVERSE: a Yoda-like clue – a synonym of always is contained inside the outer letters of religious and an abbreviation for European. I hesitate to mention this when the setter is noted for his repetition detecting radar but the abbreviation for European was previously used in 12a.
25a Leaves band over dispute previously, is obliged to go (7)
DEPARTS: reverse a band or belt and precede that with what remains of the word dispute after you’ve removed IS and a synonym of obliged.
1d Nothing worried visiting Russian banker in involving just one party (10)
UNILATERAL: a synonym for nothing and a verb meaning worried are contained in a Russian river.
2d Type of paint Barnstaple man energetically carries around (6)
ENAMEL: hidden in reverse.
3d Angers police officer requiring information leading to armed criminal (8)
GENDARME: an informal word for information followed by an anagram (criminal) of ARMED. The well-disguised Angers is a place in western France.
4d Keeping reserved seats unoccupied for lectures (6)
SCOLDS: the outer letters of seats contain an adjective meaning reserved or aloof.
5d Head of government brought down gave a scowl (8)
GLOWERED: the first letter of government and a verb meaning brought down.
6d Yew, piece cut at intervals that’s used for fencing (4)
ÉPÉE: regular letters from the first two words.
7d In Cup red player, yard away, smashed upright (13)
PERPENDICULAR: an anagram (smashed) of IN CUP RED PLA[y]ER without the abbreviation for yard.
9d Western Isles and Rum, Boris due there? (5,8)
OUTER HEBRIDES: an anagram (rum) of BORIS DUE THERE. A visit by Boris probably wouldn’t go down too well here or anywhere else in Scotland.
14d Ordinary student interrupts important American right-winger as required (10)
OBLIGATORY: start with abbreviation for ordinary then insert our usual abbreviation for student in an adjective meaning important. Finally add an abbreviation for American and a right-winger.
16d Adolescent from Italy and male friend eating curry, keen to leave? (8)
IMMATURE: knit together the IVR code for Italy, the abbreviation for male and another word for friend containing the word curry after we’ve removed what the Scottish verb to keen means.
17d Suggestion of union having struggle to adopt resolution (8)
INNUENDO: an anagram (having struggle) of UNION contains a word meaning resolution or conclusion.
19d Pressed co-chair on education squeezes (6)
20d Arabic, say, that actor has to learn (6)
SCRIPT: double definition, the second what an actor has to learn to avoid requesting lots of prompts.
22d Touch old volume this writer has penned (4)
MOVE: abbreviations for old and volume are penned inside the objective pronoun for ‘this writer’.
There are lots of ticks on my printout – I’ll just mention 15a, 17a, 20a and 3d. Which one(s) won your plaudits?