Toughie No 2839 by Hudson
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ****
Hudson has given us a puzzle low on difficulty but high on enjoyment. Do you agree or disagree?
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1a Nobel Laureate lady upset with new hairstyle at the front (3,5)
BOB DYLAN: an anagram (upset) of LADY and the abbreviation of new follow a hairstyle. Here’s Adele’s cover of one of the laureate’s songs.
5a Persuade merry old king to receive heads of Al Jazeera (6)
CAJOLE: a merry old nursery rhyme king contains the starting letters of Al Jazeera.
9a Cadet squad Sten stripped down OK (8)
ADEQUATE: strip away the outer letters of the first three words of the clue.
10a Wind associated with blocks of French cheeses being delivered (6)
BREEZE: a homophone of more than one block of a soft French cheese.
12a Say acne is revolting? Shut up! (6)
ENCAGE: reverse the abbreviation meaning ‘say’ and ACNE.
13a It’s employed for skirting wagon tax (8)
WAINSCOT: charade of an old word for a wagon (the subject of Constable’s most famous painting) and an historical tax (which we see mainly these days in the word ****-free).
15a Generally speaking, UK commercials should conform to it (2,1,4)
AS A RULE: split the answer 3,4 (or possibly 1,1,1,4) to get the regulation of the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK.
16a Second Hand Rose finally showered with $ (4)
USED: the final letter of Rose is contained inside an abbreviation for the $.
20a Popular name for statue of Peter O’Sullevan? (4)
EROS: the popular, but incorrect, name of the statue in Piccadilly Circus is hidden in the clue.
21a How to kill a werewolf that is trapped? (7)
AGROUND: split 2,5 to get the type of bullet sure to kill a werewolf.
25a Beer bottle emptied — stocks ran low, sadly (5,3)
BROWN ALE: the outer letters of bottle contain an anagram (sadly) of RAN LOW.
26a The Old Riddler, Scotland’s No 1 pub, broadcasting tattoos? (6)
SPHINX: string together the first letter of Scotland, the map abbreviation for a pub and what sounds like an informal word for tattoos. The answer was a creature from Greek mythology who stood at the entrance to Thebes and asked all who tried to enter the riddle: What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon and three legs in the evening?
28a English police in charge? That’s sickening (6)
EMETIC: assemble an abbreviation for English, the short name of London’s police force and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
29a Spattered gold between bunks (8)
BEDAUBED: insert the chemical symbol for gold between repeated places where you sleep.
30a Shark biting journalist? One has to get on with it! (4,2)
MAKE DO: a large shark contains our usual abbreviated senior journalist.
31a Rubbish film franchise that attracts a high level of interest? (4,4)
JUNK BOND: join together a synonym of rubbish and a film franchise about a British secret agent. The answer is a financial product that needs to pay a high level of interest because of its high risk.
1d Mug Rolls dealer touring Spain (6)
BEAKER: a maker and seller of rolls contains the IVR code for Spain.
2d Toxic chemical left in Strand (6)
BLEACH: insert the abbreviation for left into what strand is a literary word for.
3d Most junior solver finding gents busy (8)
YOUNGEST: the solver (from Hudson’s viewpoint) followed by an anagram (busy) of GENTS.
4d Pretentious content of one prepared to die for the cause (4)
ARTY: start with a word for someone prepared to die for their beliefs and remove the outer letters.
6d Broadcasting couple shifting piano (6)
AIRING: a synonym of couple without the music abbreviation piano.
7d Completed toss in bad light (8)
OVERCAST: fuse together an adverb meaning completed and a verb to toss.
8d A tranche of credit never used up, at the end of the day (8)
EVENTIDE: hidden reversed in the clue.
11d He provides help for those engaged in court activity (4,3)
BALL BOY: cryptic definition of an assistant at Wimbledon, say.
14d Flimsy paper dossier locked away (7)
FRAGILE: a word for a dossier contains a pejorative term for a newspaper.
17d When loch removed laser beam zapping fish (3,5)
SEA BREAM: an anagram (zapping) of [L]ASER BEAM after the abbreviation for loch has been removed.
18d Top down, German car leading (4,4)
POLO NECK: a verb to down or drink follows a VW car.
19d Odd bits of pasta popped into gift bag (8)
KNAPSACK: pop the odd letters of ‘pasta’ into a gift or talent.
22d Victory in Germany…and relax! (6)
UNWIND: a synonym of victory goes inside the German word for ‘and’.
23d Brill! O, bravo! Regularly knocked out Athletic here (6)
BILBAO: knock out regular letters from the first three words to leave the place in Spain which has a football team called Athletic.
24d Former husband, weird dude, wept (6)
EXUDED: glue together the short word for a former husband and an anagram (weird) of DUDE.
27d 20 allegedly holds this lover (4)
BEAU: this sounds like what 20a holds in his hand.
I’ve chosen for my podium 26a, 31a and 18d. Which clues feature on yours?