Toughie No 2861 by Moeraki
Hints and Tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone and welcome to the start of another Toughie week.
Moeraki is a bit of a mystery setter, he or she doesn’t seem to appear elsewhere and not too often here. Given the epithet and maybe one of today’s clues I wonder if there’s a Kiwi connection.
Anyway to today’s puzzle, an amazing quadruple pangram. This results in one or two unusual words, all obtainable from checkers and wordplay. I enjoyed it a lot.
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1a Sporting establishment for driver (4,4)
GOLF CLUB: The driver here has nothing to do with cars but is likely to be found at Augusta or Royal Birkdale.
5a Two tasks, the first: cut a herbal cosmetic (6)
JOJOBA: Repeat a synonym of a task or duty but remove the last letter of the first. Add the A from the clue.
9a Cardinal points past brand name tents (8)
MARQUEES: Append (past) two points of the compass to a brand or trade name.
10a Table linen any rep ordered (6)
NAPERY: Anagram (ordered) of the preceding two words.
12a Dress code’s first introduced in African city (6)
TUNICS: Insert the initial letter of Code into an North African city. The solution is plural but the definition suggests singular.
13a Alcoholic drinks, quite new, last endlessly
TEQUILAS: Anagram of QUITE plus LAS(T)
15a Spelling test includes complex quiz game (7)
BEZIQUE: A 3-letter spelling test goes around (includes) an anagram (complex) of QUIZ.
16a Fly low, turning after sharp bends (4)
ZOOM: A reversal of a synonym of low as a verb goes after the letter that indicates or describes sharp bends.
20a In the face of Australia’s very old wicket, declare (4)
AVOW: A first letters clue (in the face of).
21a Artist Paul with name on former partner’s hanky (7)
KLEENEX: A charade of a (German) artist with the abbreviations for Name and the usual former partner.
25a Unmarried man’s degree status! (8)
BACHELOR: A pretty obvious cryptic definition.
26a Land and come round about eleven (6)
MEXICO: Insert the Roman numeral for eleven into an anagram of COME
28a Could be a bust of three letters, some reported (6)
EFFIGY: The three syllables of the solution when spoken are three letters.
29a Hot Indian meal could be fare Jack and Liz cooked (8)
JALFREZI: Anagram (cooked) of FARE and LIZ and the abbreviation for J(ack)
30a Make quick run, leaving cover behind (6)
STREAK: The cover here are your clothes! Need I say more.
31a Icarus owned these birds (8)
WAXWINGS: Split the solution 3-5 to give what Icarus owned, coming to grief by flying too close to the sun.
1d Cell bars restraining setter (6)
GAMETE: A barrier goes around (restraining) a first person pronoun (setter)
2d Box of vibrators (6)
LARYNX: This box is in one’s throat, larger in males than females, though you never know these days.
3d Service stations getting milk and tea containers shortly? (8)
CHURCHES: Remove the last letter (shortly) of both a milk and a tea container. The service is religious.
4d Like some previous edition? (4)
USED: Hidden in the clue. I think this is an &lit too.
6d Pop a question that’s somewhat obscure (6)
OPAQUE: Hidden in the clue (somewhat)
7d Disregard survey (8)
OVERLOOK: Double definition, one more obvious than the other.
8d Bloomers produced by poor slums, say (8)
ALYSSUMS: Anagram (poor) of the following two words.
11d French nobleman in action worked out (7)
DEDUCED: Place the French word for a Duke inside an action or act.
14d Having a complaint, little woman in Kentucky is a party-pooper (7)
KILLJOY: A 3-letter adjective describing someone with a medical complaint and one of the “Little Women” go inside the abbreviation for the state of KentuckY.
17d Spring visitors causing unseemly brawl at Queen’s (8)
WARBLERS: Make an anagram of BRAWL and add the royal cypher of our fabulous queen with the possessive S.
18d Stand surety against roof being rebuilt over University College Hospital (5,3)
VOUCH FOR: Start with the V (against) then insert the abbreviation for University College Hospital into an anagram of ROOF.
19d Perennial plant not many associated with disease (8)
FEVERFEW: Append a word meaning “not many” to a word that indicates a disease by causing the body’s temperature to rise.
22d Even parts of quiz game developed this figure (6)
ZEUGMA: Anagram (developed) of the even letters of qUiZ plus GAME
23d Homer from the Iron Age (6)
PIGEON: A name for some crude iron and an indefinite and long period of time.
24d Talking points where film buffs go (6)
TOPICS: Split these talking points or themes 2-4 and you will see the wordplay.
27d Reporter caught out by a challenge (4)
HAKA: Remove the abbreviation for Caught from a pejorative term for a reporter and add A from the clue.
Fabulous, thank you Moeraki.