Toughie No 2791 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty **** – Enjoyment ****
I do enjoy a bout with proXimal and I found this quite tricky especially in my last (South-East) corner. Thanks to him for the puzzle.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
RIP Barry Cryer, a very funny man, who has died aged 86.
1a Broadcasters requiring pilot for agricultural coverage (11)
CROPDUSTERS: cryptic definition – see the illustration. In these days of drones an on-board pilot is not always required.
9a Universal parts further extended seat (7)
LOUNGER: the abbreviation for universal goes inside a comparative meaning ‘further extended’.
10a Yen to end in recycling, ignoring green adherent (6)
CLINGY: remove the green or public area used for sport or leisure from recycling then move the abbreviation for yen to the end. Adherent here is an adjective.
12a Tone of small clipped insult (7)
SAFFRON: the clothing abbreviation for small and an insult without its final letter.
13a Comparatively stout bucket linked to carrying frame (7)
TUBBIER: join together a type of bucket (one used for bringing up coal in a mine according to the BRB) and a stiff carrying frame.
14a Picked up fruit slices (5)
PARES: a homophone of types of soft fruit.
15a Renewed quote to bring forward end building (9)
REFRESHED: a verb to quote or mention with its end letter brought forward is followed by a simple building.
17a Rascal, old subordinate to one taking over (9)
IMPOUNDER: cement together a young rascal, the abbreviation for old and a preposition meaning ‘subordinate to’.
20a Latin American dismissing that man’s fear (5)
PANIC: remove “that man’s” from a Latin American.
22a Work hard tackling university room disarray (7)
TURMOIL: a verb to work hard contains abbreviations for university and room.
24a Metal flux around piston (7)
WOLFRAM: reverse a synonym of flux and add a type of piston to get another name for tungsten.
25a One moved to east of Scots town, a Lewis location (6)
NARNIA: start with a town on the Moray Firth, move the Roman numeral for one as far east as possible and finally add A. Lewis here is not the Hebridean island but the children’s author.
26a Part of exchange gleaned from vocal board row (5-2)
TRADE-IN: this sounds like a board for carrying things (4) and a row or great noise (3).
27a What Boris does is important news (4,7)
LEAD STORIES: split the answer 5,6 and you have what Boris does (at least for the time being).
2d Soldiers picked up visors for eyes (7)
REGARDS: the abbreviation for a corps of the British army and what sounds like visors or protectors.
3d Collaborated with Communist after capture in revolution (9)
PARTNERED: our usual colourful Communist follows the reversal of a verb to capture.
4d Regularly funny, Crufts before editing (5)
UNCUT: regular letters from two words in the clue.
5d Troubled as nest removed from establishment moved small amount (7)
THIMBLE: remove the jumbled (troubled) letters of ‘as nest’ from ESTABLISHMENT and make an anagram (moved) of what you have left.
6d Redesign of housing getting resistance for new arch (7)
ROGUISH: replace the abbreviation for new with that of electrical resistance in HOUSING and make an anagram (redesign) of what you now have.
7d Showy vessels harbouring in volatile areas (11)
FLASHPOINTS: assemble an informal adjective meaning showy or ostentatious and some cooking vessels containing IN.
8d Climbing about, very strong American bear (6)
SUFFER: string together a preposition meaning about, the musical abbreviation meaning very strong and one of the abbreviations for American. Reverse all that.
11d The last word in divine jam (11)
PREDICAMENT: stick the last word in a Christian prayer into a verb to divine.
16d Strong drink giving circus performer change of bearing (9)
FIREWATER: start with a circus performer (4-5) and change one of his/her bearings to its opposite.
18d Be involved in performing karate following pressure (7)
PARTAKE: an anagram (performing) of KARATE follows the physics symbol for pressure.
19d Possibly derelict posh home secured to the north (7)
UNOWNED: stitch together an animal’s home and a verb meaning secured or gained. Now reverse that and append it to the letter used to mean posh.
20d With most of extract, fill drum (7)
PULSATE: rivet together a verb to extract or draw out without its final letter and a verb to fill or satisfy.
21d Annoyed exposed bears run (6)
NARKED: an adjective meaning exposed contains the cricket abbreviation for run.
23d Vaulted area in the French parliament vacated (5)
LEAPT: insert the abbreviation for area between one of the French definite articles and the outer letters of parliament.
I liked 25a, 11d and 19d but my favourite, for its topicality, was 27a. Which one(s) appealed to you?