Toughie No 2885 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by StephenL
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Hello all from sunny South Devon.
Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a Chalicea puzzle for the first time. She has eased us very gently into the Toughie week with a fun puzzle that I rather breezed through.
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1a Relatively tasteless young bird heard (7)
CHEAPER: A homophone (heard) of a synonym of an immature bird….based on the sound they make I guess
5a Survive till the final wicket? (7)
OUTLAST: If you split the solution 3-4 you’ll see the wordplay. I’ve seen this clue or something very similar before so probably a bit of a chestnut
9d At sea, I arrive in coastal region (7)
RIVIERA: Anagram (at sea) of the following two words. Understandably, considering my location this went straight in.
10a Violent storm split a party (7)
TORNADO: The past participle of a verb meaning to split or rip, A from the clue and a (non political) party.
11a Plants I’d lifted from US state (5)
FLORA: Remove or “lift” I’d from the “Sunshine State”
12a Experts incorporating method in brief jokes (3-6)
ONE-LINERS: An archaic term for some experts or remarkable people goes around a method or approach.
13a Broadcast belittles instructive examples (7)
LESSONS: A homophone (broadcast) of a synonym of belittles or diminishes
14a Crime racket oddly linking two US cities (7)
LARCENY: The odd letters of the word RaCkEt are inserted between the abbreviations of two US cities
16a He could probably calculate composition of any salt properly presented (7)
ANALYST: Anagram (properly presented) of ANY SALT but the whole clue serves as wordplay and definition
19a Bane of start of nauseous vomiting (7)
NEMESIS: The initial letter of Nauseous and a noun (I had to check) that means the act of vomiting
22a Violent hoodlum and thug regularly a blusterer (9)
LOUDMOUTH: Anagram (violent) of HOODLUM and the regular letters of ThUg.
24a Deeply tinge limbs with hues, dropping restraints (5)
IMBUE: Remove the outside letters (dropping restraints) of the words limbs and hues.
25a Record first heartless love letter (7)
EPISTLE: One of the usual musical discs, the three letters that look like ” first” when written with a number followed by the outside letters of LovE.
26a Flat place of arrival in small field (7)
PADDOCK: An old fashioned word for a flat or apartment and a place of arrival associated with a body of water.
27a Tower in every detail penetrated by disastrous bug (7)
TUGBOAT: Tower in the sense of something that tows. Insert an anagram of bug into four letters that when split and read out 2-1-1 mean “in every detail”. Great clue and my runaway winner.
28a Ball game gathering characteristic of the countryside (7)
RURALLY: The abbreviation for a 15 a side game played with an oval ball and a gathering, meet-up or convention.
1d Solicitous about university student supporting judge (7)
CAREFUL: Start with the the abbrevated form of circa (about) add the abbreviation for University and an abbreviation for a student or Learner and into the result insert an informal synonym of a judge or umpire.
2d Curiously I’ve no use mostly for showing covetousness (7)
ENVIOUS: Anagram (curiously) of the following two words plus US (use mostly)
3d Exploiting others portrayed differently (9)
PREDATORY: Anagram (differently) of PORTRAYED
4d Draws conclusions concerning adult offspring (7)
REASONS: A preposition meaning concerning or regarding, the abbreviation for Adult and some male issues
5d Nothing at breakfast, maybe, but this? (7)
OATMEAL: The letter that represents zero, AT from the clue and something of which breakfast is (usually the first of the day) an example.
6d Is worthless stuff turning up in trunks? (5)
TORSI: Start with IS from the clue. Add a synonym of tat or bilge and reverse the result.
7d College life deemed a cakewalk, somewhat, on reflection (7)
ACADEME: Hidden and reversed (somewhat on reflection) in the clue
8d News channel pursuing bustle about revolutionary (7)
TROTSKY: A news channel (although they do other things) follows a synonym of bustle in the sense of hasten or scurry. Some might say the syllables are rather apt!
15d One not in favour of Brexit entertaining disdain essentially for the rest (9)
REMAINDER: A term for someone opposed to Brexit goes around (entertaining) the essential letter of disDain.
16d Trouble of small island accommodating large fellows (7)
AILMENT: A small island (in a river) goes around (accommodating) the abbreviation for Large and some adult males.
17d American, on reflection, providing entertainment (7)
AMUSING. An abbreviation for American and a period of reflection or thought
18d Greek character on trial is most stressed (7)
TAUTEST: The nineteenth letter of the Greek alphabet and a trial or exam.
19d Eternal loser, no flair ultimately limiting hard work and energy (2-5)
NO-HOPER: Bit of a Lego clue. Start with NO from the clue. Add the final letter of flaiR. Place them around (limiting) the abbreviation for Hard, some shortened work and the abbreviation for Energy.
20d Replaces black gold — substance found just below the surface (7)
SUBSOIL: An informal or abbreviated synonym of replaces and the substance we’re all supposed to be weaning ourselves from that is known as black gold.
21d Smoothly devious involving a national emblem (7)
SLEEKLY: Place a synonym of devious or underhand around a vegetable that is the emblem of one of the home nations.
23d Recurring phrase upset almost two-thirds of Ottomans (5)
MOTTO: Unless I’m missing something this is just a reversal of five of the eight letters (almost two thirds) of the word Ottomans.
27a was my favourite with 11& 16a making up the numbers.