Toughie No 2760 by Elgar
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty ***** – Enjoyment *****
There is a Nina, explained in a message from Elgar below. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. I’m off to Edinburgh today to visit my son at University, please forgive any lack of response.
7 ‘Colas’ cheekily containing shot? (8)
ALCOPOPS: An anagram (cheekily) of COLAS containing a 3-letter ‘shot’
9 Have something to pay outspoken film heroine (6)
ODETTE: A homophone (outspoken) of a (3,4) expression meaning have something to pay
10 In the post, a bonus coffee pot (4)
PERK: A bonus in a post or job, and a coffee pot
11 False rocks fenced by lady in charge of racket, 50 per cent off? (4-6)
HALF-ASLEEP: An anagram (rocks) of FALSE is contained (fenced) by a tennis star (lady in charge of racket)
12 A waste product rococo art used this to depict? (6)
COWPAT: An anagram (rococo) of ART USED “this” (i.e., substituting in THE ANSWER) gives (to depict) “A WASTE PRODUCT”. (So, subtract an anagram of ART USED from A WASTE PRODUCT to get the answer)
14 Uncommonly shaky painter of 2 resting on stack (8)
RICKETTY: A painter (primarily of nudes) who was born in 2d follows another word for stack. Uncommonly indicates a less common spelling.
15 Unprincipled snapper on the case of your independent manuscripts (6)
PAPYRI: A short version of an unprincipled photographer, the outer letters (case) of your, and the abbreviation for independent
17 Sport doctor’s box is missing old powder case (6)
PETARD: A 2-letter abbreviation for sport in school, then the time-defying box of a TV doctor without (missing) IS from the clue.
20 Make novel Christmas break? (4,4)
TAKE FIVE: How would you turn “novel” into Christmas?
22 Shot No.1, position No.1? (6)
GOALIE: A (2,1) expression for shot number one, plus another word for ‘to position’
23 Milestone parties most common in Hertfordshire market town (10)
LEOMINSTER: An anagram (parties) of MILESTONE plus the most common letter in Hertfordshire (and nicely, the market town is in Hertfordshire)
24 Islanders like to? (4)
MANX: Obviously, to is a tailless TO(m)
25 Become the thing to retire? (4,2)
TURN IN: A word meaning become, and a word meaning hip or ‘the thing’
26 To see them, head to SE England and look right… (3,5)
THE DOWNS: These are a feature of SE England, and if you are doing this puzzle in the paper, you will also see them on the right, whereas if you are doing it online, you’ll see them below.
1 …high pass and a circuit around open country (5-3)
ALLEY-OOP: A from the clue, then a circuit goes around an alternative spelling of open country or a meadow
2 City yearbook’s choice of covers? (4)
YORK: The choice of outer letters (covers) for yearbook would be * OR *
3 The price of fish would be more relevant to Shaw in play! (2,4)
SO WHAT: An anagram (in play) of TO SHAW
4 American people love Frenchman’s heart being worn on his sleeve (8)
COMANCHE: The letter that looks like zero (love in a tennis game) goes inside (being worn) the central letter of Frenchman (heart) on the French word for sleeve (think English channel)
5 Name development of Lakeside pre-eminently after US pop singer (4,6)
NEIL SEDAKA: The abbreviation for name, an anagram (development) of LAKESIDE, plus the first letter (pre-eminently) of ‘after’
6 Still a fixture of theatre stalls (2,4)
AT REST: Hidden (a fixture of … )
8 Screw, perhaps, wrapping hands around lag’s midriff (6)
SALARY: A word meaning perhaps or for example contains (wrapping) the abbreviations for a pair of hands going around the central letter (midriff) of LAG
13 Go with a fresh essence (10)
PEPPERMINT: A 3-letter word for go or energy, a 3-letter word for ‘a’ (as in ‘a head’), and a word meaning fresh or new
16 Abdication, but not wanting son on the throne… (8)
REIGNING: A word meaning abdication without the abbreviation for son
18 …skilfully making plans, but not wanting son’s act of condescension (8)
DEIGNING: A word meaning skilfully making plans without the abbreviation for son. Rhymes with previous answer, differing in only one letter
19 Do one‘s bit catching swallow (4,2)
BEAT IT: BIT from the clue contains a synonym for swallow
21 Could this be Wembley Way? (6)
AVENUE: Split (1,5), yes, this could be Wembley.
22 Periodically the one cloth that may be used to clean up gemstone? (6)
GARNET: A reversal (up) of the odd letters in “the one” plus a cloth that could be used for cleaning
24 Waxer and Waner are demonstrably cheeky! (4)
MOON: A verb describing the action of louts showing off their assets (?) through car windows or elsewhere
My favourite clue for the penny drop was 11a, where I had been trying too hard to enter “priced”. Other fun penny drop moments were 24a and 26a
Message from Elgar:
“For your info, the puzzle contains a nina: hidden in alternate acrosses is the message ALF PATRICK RIP, FIVE-GOAL MINSTERMAN, referenced at 2dn (solution YORK, in clue ‘City’). A wonderful man and a neighbour of ours whose funeral was something else”
Patrick was born in York in September 1921. He made his league debut for York City on 2 November 1946 in a home win against Stockport County, in which he scored. During that season, 1946–47, Patrick scored 17 goals in 23 appearances. The following season, he scored 19 goals in 27 games, but his best season was in 1948–49 when he scored 26 times, including five against Rotherham United in November 1948. This tally of five goals remains an individual club scoring record for York in The Football League.
Patrick became the first York player in peacetime football to score 100 league goals for the club by the end of the 1951–52 season. The following season Patrick finished playing first-team football. He had scored 117 goals in 241 League and Cup appearances for York. This means he is fourth in York’s all-time scoring lists behind Norman Wilkinson, Keith Walwyn and Arthur Bottom.
He turned 100 in September 2021 and died in November.