Toughie No 2901 by Gila
Hints and tips by StephenL
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Hello everyone from a sun kissed South Devon 🌴. Gila kicks off the Toughie week with a fun and not overly difficult puzzle. Perfect fare for a Tuesday.
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1a Overwhelmed by fighting, I have to surrender (6)
WAIVER: The shortened form of “I have” is “overwhelmed” or surrounded by some conflict
5a Expectation for particular ballet’s finale (8)
PROSPECT: A charade of for in the sense of in favour of, a shortened form of a detail or particular and the final letter of ballet
9a A doctor and nurse at the front of a queue for certain medication (10)
ADRENALINE: Another charade of A from the clue, abbreviations for doctor, an (enrolled) nurse, followed by A from the clue and a synonym of a queue. This would certainly get it flowing
10a Flower engulfed by receding shoreline (4)
NILE: Hidden (engulfed) and reversed (receding) in the clue.
11a Student inspired by well-informed, suitable, old mate? (8)
HELPMEET: Insert the abbreviation for student or Learner into a dated synonym of knowledgeable or well acquainted and append a synonym of suitable or fitting. Not my favourite clue
12a Casually state times for visit (4,2)
DROP BY: A word that could mean mention casually plus a synonym of times in a mathematical sense.
13a A number of shops mostly providing tea (4)
CHAI: Remove the final letter from a group of shops.
15a Attendant in home regularly going round with help (8)
HANDMAID: Start with alternate letters (regularly) of HoMe and insert a synonym of with. Append a synonym of help to the result, which could be an &lit.
18a Soldier guarding back of unit alongside tense, tough instructor (8)
MARTINET: Place an (elite) soldier trained in naval operations around (guarding) the final letter of uniT then add the abbreviation for Tense
19a Beams put up in an auditorium (4)
RAYS: A homophone (in an auditorium) of a synonym of put up or erect
21a Manual rewritten for graduate (6)
ALUMNA: Anagram (rewritten) of MANUAL
23a Dull assignment — it takes 24 hours (8)
WORKADAY: A synonym of assignment or task plus a period of 24 hours
25a Sudden camera movements from right to left (4)
SNAP: A synonym of sudden or quick (maybe preceding the word decision say) when reversed describes the sideways movement of a camera when making a video.
26a TUC agrees fresh end to striking — a good and bad thing (7,3)
CURATES EGG: Anagram (fresh) TUC AGREES along with the final letter of strikinG
27a Set about probing source of power cut (8)
PREPARED: Insert a preposition meaning about or regarding into the first letter (source) of Power and a synonym of cut or reduced
28a Footballer from France snubbed one of its divisions? (6)
CANTON: A famous somewhat enigmatic French ex footballer loses (snubbed) his last letter
2d Create confusion by removing cover from seats (5)
ADDLE: Remove the outer letters (covers) from some seats (on horses perhaps)
3d Struggle with objective opinion (9)
VIEWPOINT: A synonym of struggle or contend, the abbreviation for With and an objective or purpose
4d One rambling somewhere in Italy, we’re told (6)
ROAMER: A rambler or wanderer sounds like the Italian name for its capital city
5d Have a good time using phone and Twitter recklessly (5,3,4,3)
PAINT THE TOWN RED: Anagram (using recklessly) of PHONE AND TWEET
6d Excessive work penned by old writer (8)
OVERDONE: One of the usual synonyms of work is inserted into (penned by) the abbreviation for Old and a 19th century French novelist
7d Award zero stars, perhaps, to theatrical performance (5)
PANTO: A verb meaning to criticize severely (award zero stars perhaps) plus TO from the clue.
8d Star — British — in Speed (9)
CELEBRITY: Insert the abbreviation for BRitish into a rather formal synonym of speed or hast
14d Big band opening in Hungary, Spain and Ireland when on tour (9)
HEADLINER: Start with the initial letter of Hungary, add the IVR code for Spain and an anagram of IRELAND (when on tour). The big band refers to their position on the bill.
Here’s one of my favourite bands of the nineties
16d It’s normal to be put off a wicked act (6,3)
MORTAL SIN: Anagram (to be put off) of ITS NORMAL
17d Booster requires filling new can here with nitrogen (8)
ENHANCER: Anagram (new) of CAN HERE with an insertion of the chemical symbol of Nitrogen.
20d Army leader taking tips from renegades in the slammer? (6)
CRITIC: The abbreviation for Commander in Chief “takes” the initial letters (tips) of Renegades In The.
22d Clean, flash young boxer? (3,2)
MOP UP: Splitting the solution 2-3 we have a synonym of flash in the sense of a short time and a young boxer in the canine sense. A bit of a smiler
24d Bothersome behaviour shown by “characters” in stag group (5)
AGGRO: Hidden in the clue, the characters here being the letters within the final two words.
Plenty to like but my biggest smiles came from 7&22d. Which clues did it for you?