Toughie No 2803 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Even taking into consideration the fact that I solved this whilst watching the curling from Beijing I didn’t think this had much in the way of sparkle. Thanks to Kcit.
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7a Begin support to take care of individual (7)
PIONEER: a supporting structure contains a word for an individual.
8a Almost everyone unenthusiastic about hot drink (7)
ALCOHOL: join together a synonym of everyone without its last letter and an adjective meaning unenthusiastic containing the abbreviation for hot.
10a Old company chief recalled origins of unusual cookery company: a meat dish (4,5)
OSSO BUCCO: assemble the abbreviation for old, the reversal of a company chief, the starting letters of unusual cookery and the abbreviation for company.
11a Climbing plant concealing golden key (5)
IVORY: a climbing plant contains our usual golden tincture.
12a Expedition experiences odd bits of trek (5)
HASTE: a verb meaning experiences and the odd letters of ‘trek’.
13a It is a chop going off, becoming light green (9)
PISTACHIO: an anagram (going off) of IT IS A CHOP.
15a Journey aboard explosive naval weapon? (7)
TRIDENT: a journey goes inside the abbreviation for an explosive substance.
17a Sailor boasted beside ship (7)
CREWMAN: charade of a verb meaning boasted and a term for a ship (as in “man of war“).
18a Good to slot in better suggestion about delicate control (9)
FINGERTIP: insert the abbreviation for good into a comparative meaning better and append a suggestion or hint.
20a Some lowlife recalled throttling constant hanger-on (5)
LEECH: reverse a word for a disreputable or dishonest person and insert the constant for the speed of light.
21a Regular soldiers had an effect in sphere of action (5)
ORBIT: an abbreviation for regular soldiers and a verb meaning ‘had an effect’ or ‘took a firm hold’.
23a Vibrant military chief mostly calm about our following (9)
COLOURFUL: the abbreviation for a military chief is followed by a period of calm without its last letter containing OUR and the abbreviation for following.
24a Like fighting in a marriage, taking sexual attraction the wrong way (7)
MARTIAL: start with an adjective meaning ‘in a marriage’ and reverse the short word for sexual attraction within it.
25a Regular occupants of farm refuse to return tool (7)
FRETSAW: regular letters of farm and the reversal of a word for refuse or rejected material.
1d Occupation or job curtailed by court hearing? (10)
POSSESSION: a job or position without its last letter followed by the time a court is sitting.
2d Extra support gaining cheers (3,3)
LEG BYE: knit together a supporting member and an informal word for cheers or cheerio.
3d Crazy snooker shot expert gets on top of (8)
CRACKPOT: a successful snooker shot preceded by an adjective meaning expert.
4d Local language I used in sadness, husband having departed (6)
PATOIS: start with a word for sadness or piteousness, insert an I and remove the genealogical abbreviation for husband.
5d Rouse start of play and a TV broadcast with energy (8)
ACTIVATE: concatenate the start of a play (3,1), an anagram (broadcast) of A TV and the abbreviation for energy.
6d Get away to hunt, missing end of shift (4)
SHOO: a verb to hunt (?) without the end letter of shift. Does the required verb mean to hunt?
7d Scaremonger arranged photo op for me, suppressing Democrat (7,2,4)
PROPHET OF DOOM: an anagram (arranged) of PHOTO OP FOR ME containing the abbreviation for Democrat.
9d Be very definite; store wealth for redistribution (3,4,3,3)
LAY DOWN THE LAW: start with a phrasal verb (3,4) to store (wine perhaps) followed by an anagram (for redistribution) of WEALTH.
14d Norwegian city‘s celebration of tools? (10)
HAMMERFEST: this is a municipality in Norway (with a population of fewer than 12,000 I can’t find it anywhere referred to as a city). Split 6,4 it could be a celebration of tools (whatever that is). Having solved 25a I did wonder whether this was a pointer to a tool theme but I can’t spot any others.
16d Shocking vote — not all plutocrats represented (8)
ELECTRIC: a verb to vote (more usually ‘vote in’) and a general term for plutocrats without its last letter.
17d Wary socialists accepting quiet development in publishing (8)
COPYLEFT: synonyms for wary or retiring (3) and socialists (4) contain the musical abbreviation for quiet. I’d never heard of the answer which Chambers tells me is “a method of licensing intellectual property that allows users to modify and redistribute the work without restriction”.
19d Pedant uncovered source of amusement (6)
TICKLE: a synonym of pedant without its outer letters.
20d Poet maybe not worried over line one associated with Hardy (6)
LAUREL: an honoured poet without the verb meaning worried is followed by the abbreviation for line.
22d Poor pub that’s some way down one’s list? (4)
BARE: split 3,1 this could be the fifth pub under consideration.
The clue I liked best was 22d. Which one(s) earned your approval?