Toughie 2781 by Donnybrook
Hints and tips by StephenL.
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone from South Devon, MP has done a lot of blogs recently so I volunteered to stand in for him for what is my first Toughie blog.
Slightly daunting but it’s good to be taken out of one’s comfort zone every now and then…so I’m told!
I always find Donnybrook puzzles quirky and requiring a bit of lateral thinking and today’s was no exception and a lot of fun. A couple of new words in there for me but attainable from the wordplay and checkers.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
8a Each activity’s restricted in harbour town (7)
SEAPORT: The abbreviation for EAch is placed inside (restricted in) an activity such as football
10a One wandering eaten by family of big cats (7)
LEONINE: Anagram of ONE (wondering) inside (eaten by) a synonym of ancestry.
11a Onerous load southern type brought back to Scotland (9)
ALBATROSS: The abbreviation for Southern and a synonym of type are reversed (brought back) and tacked on to the Gaelic name for Scotland.
12a Shade providing cover for troops (5)
KHAKI: Double definition, one a shade ,the other a material used in military clothing.
13a Actor learning lines in the centre (5)
LOREN: Some knowledge or beliefs and the middle letter (in the centre) of the world liNes. She was quite something.
14a Old weapon keeping animals together outside a pound (7)
HALBERD: A large group of animals goes around (keeping) A from the clue and the abbreviation for a pound in weight.
17a Legendary swimmer left Scots horsemen at sea around noon (4,4,7)
LOCH NESS MONSTER: Anagram (at sea) of SCOTS HORSEMAN plus the abbreviations for Left and Noon.
19a Attendant in A Company no heavyweight reportedly (7)
ACOLYTE: A from the clue, an abbreviation for a company and a homophone (reportedly) of word meaning not heavy.
21a Conservative in charge bringing total shambles … (5)
FARCE: The abbreviation for Conservative in a charge, typically relating to transport.
24a … corrupt condition in Britain today! (5)
TAINT: Hidden in the clue. Clever use of the ellipses makes us think it’s related to the previous clue when it isn’t really.
26a Shock when pair sent westward spotted mount (9)
APPALOOSA: A verb meaning to shock or disgust is followed by a reversal (sent westward) of a short word meaning when and two letters that could represent a pair in cricket
27a Search isle — nitrogen found in shed (7)
MANHUNT: Crosswordland’s favourite isle plus a shed into which the chemical symbol of Nitrogen is inserted.
28a Wealthy man angry accepting EU split? (7)
CROESUS: Start with a synonym of angry. One of its letters splits the insertion of EU, giving a king renowned for his wealth.
1d Trouble dogs American behind attack (6)
ASSAIL: A verb meaning to trouble follows (dogs) the American term for one’s behind or derriere.
2d Repeatedly counter this writer, cold and brutal (8)
BARBARIC: A first person pronoun (this writer) plus the abbreviation for Cold follow a synonym of counter which is repeated.
3d Nurse follows nose, right away finding party (10)
HOOTENANNY: A children’s nurse follows an informal word for your nose minus the abbreviation for Right…..made me snigger.
4d Special ambassador to probe responsibility for curse (9)
BLASPHEME: The abbreviations for (SP)ecial and the title given to an ambassador are placed inside (to probe) a synonym of responsibility.
5d Call from flier about to land in Hong Kong (4)
HONK: A preposition which could mean about sits inside (to land in) the abbreviation for Hong Kong.
6d Outburst from upstanding character brought into commerce (6)
TIRADE: The letter that is vertical or upstanding inside (brought into) some commerce or business.
7d Puzzle created by savage tucking into lager for example (8)
BEWILDER: Puzzle here is a verb and is obtained by placing an adjective meaning savage or feral inside a drink beloved of many of which lager is an example.
9d City score without ball (4)
TROY: A score in a game played with an oval ball goes around (without) the letter that looks like a round ball.
15d He wrote line regularly using good companion (10)
LONGFELLOW: An American poet, no doubt well known to at least one of our regular contributors, born in 1807 can be found by placing the abbreviations for Line and Good around a preposition meaning “regularly using” as in drugs, followed by a companion or associate.
16d Doctor operates, implanting new tongue (9)
ESPERANTO: Anagram (doctor) of OPERATES and the abbreviation for New.
17d Heavy metal item damaged — wait for delivery (4,4)
LEAD TIME: The usual heavy metal plus an anagram (damaged) of ITEM.
18d Reptile in wrong French river (8)
TORTOISE: A civil wrong that could lead to court action is followed by a French river.
20d Grammarian gets one between legs, beginning to suffer (6)
ONIONS: This distinguished grammarian, born in 1873 is obtained by placing the letter that looks like a single between two instances of the leg side on a cricket pitch plus the first letter of suffer.
22d Pass close to Awatere Fault (6)
ELAPSE: The final letter of Awatere plus a fault or fall from grace. Ignore the capitalisation.
23d English prince appearing occasionally in long film (4)
EPIC: The abbreviation for English and alternate letters of Prince.
25d Something often dull, day after day (4)
THUD: The abbreviation for Day follows a shortened form of another day of the week giving a lovely onomatopoeic word.
Very enjoyable with 3d taking the honours for me.