Toughie No 2787 by Silvanus
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I do look forward to blogging a Silvanus Toughie. Thanks to him for a very enjoyable (and not too tricky) puzzle with his usual super-smooth surfaces.
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1a Mark is foolish having change of heart (7)
WITNESS: start with an adjective meaning foolish and change its central L to a different letter. Mark here is a verb.
5a Lost sense occasionally in pursuit of shy creatures (7)
COYOTES: regular letters from the first two words follow an adjective meaning shy or bashful.
9a Regressive Exeter University squeezes come into effect (5)
INURE: hidden in reverse.
10a In unhappy times relative will bring out piano (4,5)
BABY GRAND: an adjective meaning unhappy or poor contains a synonym for ‘times’ in maths and a female relative.
11a Iris used filler getting made up (5-2-3)
FLEUR-DE-LIS: an anagram (getting made up) of USED FILLER.
12a Singer runs out of money (4)
BASS: remove the cricket abbreviation for runs from an informal word for money.
14a Sees the place prepared for athletics event (12)
STEEPLECHASE: an anagram (prepared) of SEES THE PLACE.
18a Start telling son to avoid catching colds regularly (12)
INTRODUCTION: start with a word meaning telling or teaching, remove the genealogical abbreviation for son and insert the even letters of colds.
21a Showing caution to promote article is wrong (4)
AWRY: an adjective meaning ‘showing caution’ has its indefinite article promoted to the front.
22a Moment violent action erupts following strike period (10)
FLASHPOINT: string together the abbreviation for following, a verb to strike and a word meaning period or stage.
25a Some heard Asian offensive twice about American in conversation (4-1-4)
TÊTE-À-TÊTE: what sounds like an offensive during the Vietnam war is repeated around an abbreviation for American. Even though this homophone works fine for me I do applaud the ‘some’ as recognition that a lot of ‘homophones’ don’t work for many English speakers.
26a Edition of paper with no end of sport (5)
ISSUE: a type of thin paper without the final letter of sport.
27a Particular concerning origin of people infiltrating group (7)
RESPECT: a preposition meaning concerning precedes a group or faction with the first letter of people inserted.
28a Father is facing second letter withdrawing licence (7)
FREEDOM: the abbreviation for a religious father followed by the reversal of a second or short time and the spelled-out version of a letter from our alphabet.
1d Smells greeting females visiting empty wilderness (6)
WHIFFS: a greeting and an abbreviation for female repeated go inside the outer letters of wilderness.
2d Articulate couple settle bill for syrup (6)
TOUPEE: what sounds like couple settle bill (3,3). Syrup is Cockney rhyming slang (in full Syrup of Figs).
3d Curse CEO, say, over budget (10)
EXECRATION: join an abbreviated word for a senior manager (CEO for example) and a budget or allowance.
4d Strike head from working in dark (5)
SABLE: remove the top letter from an adjective meaning working or functioning.
5d Crossing city, guy approaches train’s front carriage (9)
CABRIOLET: a word for a guy or rope and the front letter of train contain a South American city.
6d Bear someone sitting cross-legged on floor habitually? (4)
YOGI: double definition, the first a smarter than average bear.
7d Impetuous Dean, discovered nude entering Scottish river (8)
TEARAWAY: a Scottish river contains the inner letters of Dean and a synonym of nude (often seen in the phrase ‘in the ***’).
8d Duck and perhaps fifteen domestic animals reared (8)
SIDESTEP: what could be made up of fifteen people followed by the reversal of domestic animals.
13d Partner is back wanting some large diamonds (10)
ACCOMPLICE: a verb to back (as a pianist might do for a singer) without a synonym of some is followed by the clothing abbreviation for large and an informal word for diamonds.
15d Ultimately aggressive male pigeon, it’s periodically becoming excited (9)
EBULLIENT: chain together the ultimate letter of aggressive, a male creature and regular letters from “pigeon it’s”.
16d Journalist Morgan shortly to pen final column? (8)
PILASTER: the forename of Mr Morgan the tabloid journalist (and a TV presenter whom I would go to some lengths to avoid) without its last letter contains a synonym of final.
17d Monarch consumed food; seconds after it repeats (8)
ITERATES: append the regnal cipher of our monarch, a verb meaning consumed food and the abbreviation for seconds to IT.
19d One-sided book spreading ideas (6)
BIASED: the abbreviation for book and an anagram (spreading) of IDEAS.
20d Master arranged school class according to ability (6)
STREAM: an anagram (arranged) of MASTER. School here is a verb.
23d Terrace is quiet before German eleven appears (5)
SHELF: a request for quiet precedes the German word for eleven.
24d Taking no risks when lifting iron (4)
SAFE: reverse a synonym of when and add the chemical symbol of iron.
My ticks today went to 1a, 12a, 2d and 24d. Which one(s) earned your 27a?