Toughie No 2772 by Artix
Hints and tips by Dutch
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
Some lovely clues. Took a while to get started though reasonably smooth afterwards. It took me a long time to parse 17d because I couldn’t think of a musical, hope it’s right, thoughts welcome.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought. And have a wonderful Xmas
1a Crisp note (6)
QUAVER: Two meanings, a brand of crisp and a musical note
5a Where to dispose of two lots of smelly stuff? (6)
LAVABO: Volcanic emission and the smell of an unwashed person
10a Stick prize-winning pig back on trailer of truck (5)
KEBAB: A prize-winning pig in a movie is reversed (back) after the last letter (trailer) of truck
11a Seduce maiden holding flower, sucking neck voraciously (9)
VAMPIRISM: A verb meaning to seduce (I’m more familiar with the noun describing a seductive woman) and the abbreviation for maiden contain (holding) a 4-letter flower
12a Boss of Zara Home, perhaps, can initially deal with everything (7)
TINDALL: Nothing to do with the company. Another word for can, the first letter (initially) of deal, and another word for everything.
13a Instrument commonly injecting energy into even pieces of funk, cello & blues (7)
UKELELE: Insert the abbreviation for energy into the even letters of ‘funk cello blues’. The answer is a commonly seen spelling.
14a Idiot mastering how to watch TV online (9)
STREAMING: An anagram (idiot) of MASTERING
17a Scan water beginning to jet inside car (5)
FJORD: Scan as an abbreviation for Scandinavian. The first letter (beginning) of jet goes inside a make of car
18a One capable of beating all others at table? (5)
TRUMP: Cryptic definition – think cards
19a Opening bit of Comaneci trickery with tilt to one side? (9)
CARTWHEEL: An all-in-one, Comaneci is a gymnast. The first letter (opening bit) of Comanceci, a 3-letter word for trickery, the abbreviation for with and a word meaning ’tilt to one side’
21a German crew loaded gun: look out! (7)
ACHTUNG: A rowing crew number in German plus an anagram (loaded) of GUN
23a Animation of Lion King omits one hairy humanoid (7)
KLINGON: An anagram (animation of …) LION K(i)NG omitting the letter that looks like one
25a Gallant Turkish governor overwhelmed by welcome (9)
CHEVALIER: A Turkish governor (of a vilayet) is contained in (overwhelmed by) a 5-letter shout of approval or welcome
26a Sentimentality to satisfy beaut (4-1)
GOOD-O: A 3-letter word for sentimentality and a 2-letter word that could mean to satisfy
27a With elbow sticking out, cutting offbreak, I’m bowled (6)
AKIMBO: Hidden (cutting …)
28a Toy with graduate musician (2-2,2)
YO-YO MA: A (2-2) toy and a graduate
2d Like D_____? (5)
URBAN: The whole clue is the definition. If you put the answer on the underline, you’ll reveal a city
3d See the setter support pointless sharp instrument (9)
VIBRAHARP: The Latin abbreviation for vide (see), a 1-letter personal pronoun that the setter would use to describe himself, a support garment, and (s)HARP from the clue without the first letter (pointless)
4d Snarl from Frenchman who scored (5)
RAVEL: Two meanings, to snarl or tangle and a French composer
5d It’s an army thing: egg on top of Roquefort cheese (9)
LIMBURGER: A 4-letter word for an ‘army’ or ‘leggy’ thing, a verb meaning ‘egg on’, and the first letter (top) of Roquefort
6d Say sloth, say, eats pea, say (5)
VOICE: A weakness of which sloth could be an example, contains a letter describing a small round object, of which pea can be an example
7d Dote appallingly, offer gifts, put on ring? She’s said yes! (5-2-2)
BRIDE-TO-BE: An anagram (appallingly) is covered by (put on) a word meaning to offer gifts for favours. I wondered if ‘put on ring’ might be the containment indicator but it didn’t feel right to me
8d Curry successfully used these fish (6)
SKATES: Two meanings, the first referring to John Curry
9d Hosted broadcast in December (but not 6th nor 8th) (6)
EMCEED: An anagram (broadcast) of DECEM(b)E(r) without the 6th and 8th letters
15d Work well in the main? Yahoo! (9)
ROUGHNECK: Two meanings, to work on an oil rig and a hooligan
16d Noticing undone zip, unbeknownst to others (9)
INCOGNITO: An anagram (undone) of NOTICING plus zero or zip
17d Cringingly off colour in musical in auditorium (9)
FAWNINGLY: I think this is a colour (of deer, for example), IN from the clue, and a homophone of a 4-letter American musical series
18d Top-level cover-up from PM Queen ignored (6)
THATCH: A milk-snatching PM without the abbreviation for the Queen
20d Pound on title for Guardiola’s City (6)
LONDON: The symbol for pound, ON from the clue, and a Spanish (for Guardiola) title
22d Remove Dag, perhaps, from either his Geneva or New York office? (5)
UNARM: Dag here is a pistol. Split (2,3) where the 2-letters are an abbreviation, the answer could indicate a main office of a large international organisation
23d Wander within outskirts of Killarney here (5)
KERRY: To wander or deviate goes inside the outer letters (within the outskirts) of Killarney
24d Maintain he’s met his match (5)
GROOM: Two meanings, to look after and the partner of 7d
I liked the 7d/24d combination. I also liked the Guardiola’s city mislead. My favourite was the army meal of egg on Roquefort cheese. Which clues did you like?
22 comments on “Toughie 2772”
An enjoyable Friday Toughie. I know the Queen is supposed to do the DT Cryptic but I bet, if she did today’s Toughie, she’d have laughed out loud at the thought of anyone being the Boss of Zara!
10a, 12a, and 5d all featured on my favourites list. I always forget about ‘army’ things.
Thanks and Happy Christmas to Artix and Dutch
PS: If JB turns up this afternoon, this is for her
Coming in late. Thank you so much. I’m glad you introduced me to this art. A very happy Christmas and a much better New Year!
Happy Christmas to you too – I’m also hoping for a much better New Year
13 Across: “The answer is a commonly seen spelling” is a poor excuse !
The BRB defines the solution to 13a exactly as Dutch has written it in the hint
Some brilliantly inventive, but totally fair clues. Just right for a festive Friday. I marked rather a lot for particular praise but my top few are: 21a [German crew] 5d [egg on] 7d [the clever definition] 29d [2 meanings of Dag].
Many thanks to Artix and Dutch.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Sorry – 22d not 29! Dutch – Your hint omits the other use of Dag [Hammarskjold]
An excellent Toughie to finish the week and kick start the festivities. 5d was my best of the best, of which there were several in an inspired grid.
Many thanks to Artix for the challenge and to Dutch. Seasons Greetings to all on this superb site.
A very enjoyable crossword – thanks to Artix and Dutch.
6d was my last answer to parse as I was convinced initially that the central I was a sound-alike of ai (sloth) – d’oh!
I can’t see that ‘put on’ works as a containment indicator (especially in a down clue) in 7d. I took the containment indicator to be ‘put on ring’ where ring is the periphery.
My ticks went to 19a, 21a and 5d.
If you put something on – you wear it ?
Yes – but I still prefer ‘put on ring’. Perhaps Artix will look in to adjudicate?
I shall: for what it’s worth, I intended “put on ring” to be the containment indicator – and the whole process to be that which might lead to the answer … (dote, gift, ring)
Thanks for all the positive feedback – truly appreciated – and festivest bestest to one and all.
Thanks for the clarification, Artix, and thanks for the enjoyable puzzle.
Happy Christmas to you.
Good puzzle to end the week which involved some head scratching and the odd look up to get the parsing sorted. I liked 19a, 21a and 8d.
Thanks to Artix and Dutch.
I loved this. Testing without being impossible at my level (Elgar). Many smiles. Nobody seems to have answered Dutch’s query about a musical in 17d. How about Glee? Thanks to Artix for a very enjoyable puzzle and Dutch for his parsing of a couple of my bung in’s.
Some great misdirections made this puzzle a bit tricky for me but eventually got there.
Thanks to the setter and to Dutch for the review.
I thought this was delightful. An unusual amount of general knowledge, perhaps, but I was lucky enough to have it all – I am just old enough to remember 8d, which was one of my favourites – though there are too many to mention, really.
Is the volcanic molten rock smelly? I’ve never been close enough to find out. I was interested to discover from Wikipedia what 15d’s do (another very clever clue). Never seen the letter ‘o’ clued as in 6d before, as far as I remember, but I suppose it’s fair. And I think Dutch must be right about the musical in 17d; most of us would not pronounce the ‘g’ hard in the answer, though I have one brother who does.
Anyway, a lovely Christmas present from Artix, to whom along with Dutch very many thanks and best wishes for the coming festivities. May merriness abound to all.
Too much gk I don’t know
Thanks Artix and Dutch
Splendid puzzle. Almost finished it but the NW is ‘wot done me in’ because I’d forgot the skater and could not remember the instrument, though I had the last 5 letters right (forgot all about ‘vide’!). Nor could I think of any city except Dallas with a D! So much to like, especially 4d, 24d, 7d, & 21a. Bunged-in the Zara boss without a clue who he was because the clue itself was so clever. Great fun throughout. Thanks and a very Happy Christmas to Dutch and Artiz.
Some of the GK like the crisps and the skater were a bit of a challenge but Google helped with those. Eventually all completed with plenty of smiles and chuckles along the way.
Thanks Artix and Dutch.
Lovely cheerful puzzle for the winter gloom. Thanks Artix!
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