Toughie No 2853 by Dada
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Good afternoon to everyone from a cloudy South Devon. Not my favourite Dada puzzle today, I have to say, a bit general knowledge heavy and a few too many double definitions for my liking but as ever with this setter lots to like too.
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1a Swaying, rocking action so, bilious on board (11)
OSCILLATION: Anagram (rocking) of the following two words placed around a synonym of bilious (on board)
9a Where merchandise is scattered? (3,4,3,4)
ALL OVER THE SHOP: A pretty straightforward cryptic definition, think goods in a retail setting
11a Bill educator (4)
BEAK: Double definition, the less obvious being an informal word for both a judge and a headmaster
12a Splendid drink knocked over (5)
REGAL: Reverse (knocked over) a refreshing beer.
13a Four characters in Europe standing trial (4)
PEST: Hidden in the clue.
16a Resident of small country governed by First Lady, out of bounds (8)
ANDORRAN: Start with the first lady in Greek mythology (often associated with a box) and remove the outer letters. Add a synonym of governed or managed.
17a Over-elaborate colour (6)
PURPLE: This colour when related to prose say, can mean to write in a very elaborate manner, so I guess a double definition.
19a Perhaps brief peer is taken inside box that neither opens nor closes (6)
ARISTO: Is from the clue goes inside a box without its first and last letters, giving an informal word for a patrician or grandee.
20a Primate departs tropical tree (8)
TAMARIND: A small monkey is followed by the abbreviation for Departs
22a Before kiss, take off top (4)
APEX: Take off here is a verb, meaning to mimic. Place it before the letter representing a kiss in a text say.
23a Lighter twin (5)
MATCH: A pretty straightforward DD.
24a On the organ with a drum, our two instruments clashing, initially (4)
OTIC: Nothing musical here. The organ with a drum is of course on the sides of one’s head. The first letters (initially) of the preceding four words.
27a Novel published on Ray, jazz favourite (8,2,4)
RHAPSODY IN BLUE: Anagram (novel) of the following three words. Here’s a real treat.
28a Flag is pentagon, surprisingly divided by five (6,5)
PAVING STONE: This came up in yesterday’s (very good) Rookie Corner and was not dissimilarly clued. Anagram of IS PENTAGON with the Roman numeral for five inserted
2d Sailor with bad temper in King Edward’s smack? (4,3,7)
SALT AND VINEGAR: King Edward’s here is a type of potato. An informal word for a sailor, a synonym of with and a word associated with sourness or sulk gives this flavour or “smack”
3d Flatten metal (4)
IRON: Another double definition, one a verb the other a noun.
4d On welcoming first of invitees, call up vassal (8)
LEIGEMAN: Insert the first letter of Invitees into a synonym of on in a cricket sense and follow it by a reversal (up) of synonym of call
5d Artist: Hyperion, for example, inspiring one (6)
TITIAN: Place the letter representing single inside a family of Greek mythological gods of which Hyperion was a member
6d More than one animal in buffalo, fox, giraffe and penguin, last of all (4)
OXEN: A variation on a first letters clue, this time it’s the last letters of the four animals in the clue
7d Manouvre tricky there, indicate, then go (5-5,4)
THREE POINT TURN: Anagram (tricky) of THERE, then synonyms of indicate or gesture and go as a noun.
8d Tasteless sandwiches put in container on top of doughnuts, sweet (7,4)
SPOTTED DICK: Start with an informal synonym of tasteless and place it around (sandwiches) the past tense of a verb meaning to put in a container as you would a plant and the initial letter of Doughnuts.
10d Something said by charmer, rogue being cuddled by a couple of supporters? (11)
ABRACADABRA: One of crosswordland’s favourite rogues is “cuddled” or is inside a couple of bodily supporters each preceded by A from the clue.
14d Jar colossal, by the sound of it? (5)
GRATE: Jar here is a verb and is a homophone (by the sound of it) of a synonym of colossal or huge.
15d Islander sending up all but two characters in opera (5)
CUBAN: Remove the final two letters of an 1842 Verdi opera and reverse (sending up) the result.
18d Transmittable skill of fielders (8)
CATCHING: Two meanings, both pretty obvious.
21d Case of goliath leading India, (6)
GANDHI: How you would say the outer two letters of GoliatH “leading” or going before an abbreviation for India. A clever &lit.
25d Bones, when like that, turned over (4)
OSSA: Two 2-letter synonyms of when and “like that” are reversed or “turned over”
26d Final word, acknowledgment by unsuccessful angler? (4)
OBIT: Split the solution 1-4 and you have what an unsuccessful angler achieved after a fruitless session, the letter O representing zero or nothing.
22a plus 2,8,21& 26d were my winners today. Which floated your boat?