Toughie No 2821 by Robyn
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****/*****
Hello everyone from a blue skies South Devon. Today I have the great pleasure of blogging a puzzle from Robyn for the first time. No Tuesday Floughie but all fairly and craftily clued as we’ve come to expect from this setter. I thought it was quite superb.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Thoroughly awful, storing jousting equipment in stable (4-8)
WELL BALANCED: A short adverb meaning thoroughly is followed by a synonym of awful into which the only piece of jousting equipment I could think of is inserted
8a Gloomy place to sleep in Paris (5)
UNLIT: A French (in Paris) indefinite article and their word for a bed.
9a Make impervious barrier with very soft covering (4-5)
DAMP PROOF: Start with a barrier in a river or reservoir. Add the musical instruction to play very softly. Append a house covering
11a Disastrous vote-loser for one of two vote-winners (9)
ROOSEVELT: Anagram (disastrous) of the following two words gives the surname of two US presidents, both significantly better than recent incumbents.
12a Unknown competitors, not holding onto lead, accept defeat (5)
YIELD: A mathematical unknown plus some competitors losing their first letter (not holding onto lead)
13a Explosive story about strike before 1st of May (9)
FLAMMABLE: Begin with a story, a parable perhaps. Insert (about) a synonym of strike and the first letter of May.
16a Perhaps Lucifer‘s rage, after switching sides (5)
ANGEL: Take a synonym of rage and change the abbreviation for Right to the abbreviation for Left (after switching sides) Lucifer is believed to have been one before a fall from grace.
18a Posh backless dress seen around island (5)
CORFU: The letter that represents posh is followed by an informal word for a dress without its last letter (backless). Reverse the result.
19a Paper features in old lady’s clothing not right (9)
MASTHEADS: An affectionate name for an old lady plus the possessive S is followed by an informal word for some clothing or costumes with the abbreviation for Right removed.
20a Kind of music, 80 per cent country and electronic (5)
INDIE: One of my favourite genres of music is obtained placing the abbreviation for Electronic after four fifths of a large country.
Here’s one of its finest exponents.
22a Crude oil on short rifle back in WWI campaign (9)
GALLIPOLI: An anagram (crude) of OIL follows a reversal (back) of a synonym of rifle as a verb minus its last letter (short)
25a Number playing tie in blue getting bad name (9)
NOTORIETY: Start with two letters that could be an abbreviation for number. Add an informal name for the “blue” political party and insert into it an anagram (playing) of TIE.
26a Mob following security measure (5)
FLOCK: The abbreviation for Following and a security measure which requires a key to open.
27a Dancing appals hosts, hosting current ball to avoid (8,4)
HOSPITAL PASS: This jumped right out at me and produced a big smile. Anagram (dancing) of the following two words plus the symbol for electrical current. The ball is in a sporting context.
1d Exult in minor role with show (4,2,3)
WALK ON AIR: A small part in a film or play is followed by a synonym of show as a verb.
2d Means of shaping bilingual articles (5)
LATHE: Follow a French definite article with ours.
3d Mark of Harry getting abandoned by queen (5)
BADGE: A synonym of harry (ignore the capitalisation) has the Latin abbreviation for queen removed (getting abandoned by)
4d What may be fruitful measure introduced by untruths (4-5)
LIME TREES: Place a metric measure inside (introduced by) some falsehoods.
5d Power line knocked over during sleep remains a pain in the backside (5,4)
NAPPY RASH: Start with an informal word for a sleep. Add what remains after a fire. Insert into the result the abbreviation for Power and the reversal (knocked over) of the abbreviation for a RailwaY line.
6d Summon second person to accept fine (5)
EVOKE: The second person in the bible surrounds a synonym of fine.
7d Lay on party — it leaves things in a rotten state (12)
PUTREFACTION: A synonym of lay in the sense of place, a preposition meaning ‘on’ and a clique or cabal.
10d Manipulates signs of credit? I don’t believe it! (12)
FIDDLESTICKS: Another real smiler. A synonym of manipulates in the sense of deceives is followed by an old fashioned word for credit in the sense of money owed.
14d One could perhaps catch Jerry Maguire’s opening by river mouth (9)
MOUSETRAP: The Jerry here is Tom’s nemesis in the cartoon series. Start with the initial letter (opening) of Maguire. Add a river in Yorkshire and an informal name for one’s mouth. Great clue.
15d Breaking half of beer mugs, yet making invitation (2,2,5)
BE MY GUEST: Anagram (breaking) of half of the word BEer plus MUGS YET.
17d Chic jacket for girl feeling desire (9)
GLAMOROUS: The outside letters (jacket for) of GirL plus a word meaning feeling desire or romantic.
21d One on soft drinks during bash gets the same again (5)
DITTO. The letter that looks like the number one and someone on non alcoholic drinks go inside a bash or party.
23d True love found after pal finally set up (5)
LOYAL: Take the final letter of paL. Add the letter that represents love in tennis. Reverse (up in a down clue) a synonym of set.
24d Where pilots serve, loudly moving further on (5)
INFRA: Split the numeration 2-3 to give the military service where pilots serve. Then move the position of the abbreviation for the musical instruction to play loudly.
It was all first class but I’ve awarded medals to 27a plus 5, 10 & 14d . Which one’s did you like best?