Toughie No 2819 by Silvanus
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Thanks to Silvanus for another of his 12a puzzles. 24a was new to me but the wordplay was clear.
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1a Coins perfect name I wanted for tiny creature (10)
SILVERFISH: bring together types of coin and a verb to perfect or complete without the abbreviation for name and I.
6a A graduate fired by incredible energy (4)
ZING: remove A and an arts graduate from an adjective meaning incredible.
10a Fairly insignificant flier read aloud (5)
MINOR: this sounds (to some people) like a tropical bird which can imitate human speech.
11a US soldier eating mostly dry, plain biscuit (9)
GARIBALDI: the abbreviation for a US ordinary soldier contains 75% of an adjective meaning dry and an adjective meaning plain or unadorned.
12a Flawless set of rules heralded by model (8)
COPYBOOK: a set of rules (as in ‘they acted by the ****’) follows a synonym of model or replica.
13a Greek character: individual sharing love for foreign flower (5)
RHONE: assemble a Greek letter and a synonym of individual and share the last letter of the first and the first letter of the second.
15a Fitting some shelving I’d no choice over (7)
CONDIGN: hidden in reverse.
17a Rapidly tell dance has been cancelled (4,3)
REEL OFF: a terse way of announcing that a Scottish dance is cancelled.
19a Considered discount food shop being carpeted (7)
BERATED: remove a food shop from the start of a verb meaning considered.
21a Worker’s adept at first with tool (7)
HANDSAW: string together a manual worker plus the ‘S, the first letter of adept and the abbreviation for with.
22a Skilful performer in protest against station’s closure (5)
DEMON: a public protest and the closing letter of station.
24a Chat about Italian’s love for Native American chief (8)
SAGAMORE: reverse an informal verb to chat excessively and append the Italian word for love. A new word for me.
27a Making a comeback, Metallica vocalist holds sway (9)
VACILLATE: hidden in reverse.
28a Joanna adding negative reply to sanctimonious article (5)
PIANO: a negative reply follows a short adjective meaning sanctimonious and one of our indefinite articles. Joanna is Cockney rhyming slang for the answer – Cockneys pronounce piano as pianna.
29a Good to move out of train compartment (4)
ROOM: remove the abbreviation for good from a verb to train or prepare (a verb that has acquired a more sinister meaning since the arrival of the Internet).
30a Achievement Dundee surprisingly claims, not losing any games (10)
UNDEFEATED: an achievement or accomplishment is contained in an anagram (surprisingly) of DUNDEE.
1d Boggy place overlooking large reservoir (4)
SUMP: a boggy place (the definition comes straight out of Chambers) loses the clothing abbreviation for large.
2d Touring Northern Ireland county, learn about estate proprietor (9)
LANDOWNER: around one of the six counties which make up Northern Ireland we need an anagram (about) of LEARN.
3d Heading off almost before appointed time (5)
EARLY: remove the first letter from a synonym of almost.
4d Voice bellowing out with obscure musical instrument (7)
FOGHORN: charade of a verb to obscure and a wind instrument.
5d Footballer, one barely running, essentially having international replacement (7)
STRIKER: start with one barely running (or one running barely) and replace the central two letters with the abbreviation for international.
7d Extremely imposing facilities in domed residence up north? (5)
IGLOO: the outer letters of imposing and an informal word for ‘the facilities’ or what my Welsh uncle used to call ‘the office’.
8d Resolved along with wife to keep posh poultry (6,4)
GUINEA FOWL: an anagram (resolved) of ALONG WIFE containing the letter used to mean posh.
9d City of Lincoln right to expect rising poverty (8)
ABERDEEN: start with the abbreviated forename of Mr Lincoln and add the abbreviation for right and the reversal of a synonym of poverty.
14d Advise Bruce endlessly to train as frogman (5,5)
SCUBA DIVER: an anagram (to train) of ADVISE BRUC[e].
16d Popular wine (Lombardy) drained with eagerness (8)
INTENTLY: assemble an adjective meaning popular, a Spanish wine popular with crossword compilers and L[ombard]Y without its contents.
18d Attentive and obedient butler initially on retainer (9)
OBSERVANT: the initial letters of Obedient Butler precede a retainer.
20d Contempt shown by dad is awkward at home (7)
DISDAIN: an anagram (awkward) of DAD IS and an adverb meaning ‘at home’.
21d Excellent cloth, it’s said, for cleanliness (7)
HYGIENE: pin together homophones of a) excellent (as in ‘**** principles’) and b) a hard-wearing cloth that we see more often in its plural form.
23d Aggressively virile current husband punches married Lothario finally (5)
MACHO: a type of electric current and the genealogical abbreviation for husband are inserted between the abbreviation for married and the final letter of Lothario.
25d Tree pollen regularly shed behind old lady (5)
MAPLE: pollen loses its even letters and the remainder follow an affectionate word for one’s old lady.
26d Obligation to pay union (4)
BOND: we have a double definition to finish, the first a written obligation to pay a sum.
The clues I liked best were 13a, 19a, 27a, 5d and 7d. Which one(s) were awarded favoured status by you?