Toughie No 2903 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment **
Kcit has provided today’s Toughie and he’s included lots of reversals. I spent as long trying to parse 2d as I did on the rest of the puzzle and I still can’t crack it so if you can do please let me know the secret and stop me puzzling about it in this hot weather.
STOP PRESS: The clue has now been changed on the Telegraph Puzzles site. See the revised clue at 2d.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Recall spiel and sell sporting accessory (4,3)
GOLF BAG: stick together informal verbs to spiel and sell then reverse the result.
9a Pound I contributed to plain area in big church (8)
BASILICA: insert the abbreviation for pound sterling and I into an adjective meaning plain and append the abbreviation for area.
10a Key support returned precisely after expert’s brought in (7).
TAPROOT: reverse a phrase (2,1,1) meaning precisely and insert an abbreviated expert.
11a Father with fiddle, but nothing moves in part of ear (8)
PAVILION: glue together an affectionate word for father and a fiddle but with the nothing-shaped letter of the latter moved to a later position.
12a Responsible fellow keeping it in line? On the contrary (6)
GUILTY: an informal word for a fellow containing the abbreviation for line inside IT.
13a Pursuing something we stock? Hard to get in when the shop’s shut (5,5)
AFTER HOURS: a preposition meaning pursuing and a possessive pronoun that could mean ‘something we stock’ with the pencil abbreviation for hard being inserted.
15a Song singer initially released gets award (4)
PALM: a religious song without the initial letter of singer.
16a Judicial group acknowledge point of survey (9)
BENCHMARK: charade of a word for judges as a group and a verb to acknowledge or celebrate. The answer is an incision used as a reference point by surveyors.
21a Celebrations not beginning, sadly (4)
ALAS: celebrations without their first letter.
22a Lots of people, tense, gripped by grisly spooky tale (5,5)
GHOST STORY: a word for lots of people and the abbreviation for tense in grammar are contained in an adjective meaning grisly or bloody.
24a Nothing in hair right for complainant (6)
MOANER: insert the letter that resembles nothing into an animal’s hair and finish with the abbreviation for right.
25a Showed shame while walking over a doctor to achieve success (4,4)
SLAM DUNK: a verb meaning ‘walked in a furtive manner’ contains A and one of our many 2-letter abbreviations for doctor.
27a Small space for leading Conservative in opportunity to improve (7)
ENHANCE: start with a synonym of opportunity and replace the abbreviation for Conservative at its start with a small printer’s space.
28a Ditching American in accord about temperature? That’s welcome (8)
GREETING: start with a present participle meaning ‘in accord’, drop the abbreviation for American and include the abbreviation for temperature.
29a Primarily like a song recalled with mostly rich content? (7)
LYRICAL: the first letter of like and the reversal (recalled – again) of a literary song contain 75% of the word rich.
2d Prophetic sybil ultimately avoiding jesting about artist (8)
ORACULAR: I’m assuming (I may well be wrong) that jesting is ‘jocular’ and we have to include our usual artist and somehow remove the first letter. I cannot see what in the clue tells us to remove the J. Over to you …
Revised clue: Prophetic judge primarily avoiding jesting about artist (8)
It’s the first letter of judge that has to be removed from ‘jocular’ with our usual artist being inserted.
3d Body part shown by British runner coming from going uphill (8)
FORELIMB: string together an abbreviation for British, a middle-distance runner and a preposition meaning ‘coming from’ then reverse the lot.
4d They advise you against swapping iodine for nitrogen in explosion (5,5)
AGONY AUNTS: an anagram (in explosion) of YOU AGAINST after you’ve swapped the chemical symbol for iodine for that of nitrogen.
5d Priest, Greek character religious graduate ignored (4)
LAMA: remove the letters signifying a degree in divinity from a Greek letter.
6d Hot lust, perhaps, provided upsetting conclusion (6)
FINISH: glue together the tap abbreviation for hot, what lust is an example of and a conjunction meaning provided. Now turn it upside down.
7d The least you could expect — silence in one minute? Just the reverse (7)
MINIMUM: string together a request for silence, IN, the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for minute. Reverse it all.
8d American audacity securing elevated target in response to tragedy? (7)
SADNESS: an informal American word for audacity or impudence contains the reversal of a target.
11d Tar assigned to rear of deck produces instrument (9)
PITCHFORK: a word for tar (the stuff that’s melting on the roads around here at the moment), a preposition meaning ‘assigned to’ and the rear letter of deck. I presume that the answer is used for tuning rather than tossing hay.
14d Studied about my single year to get cash (5,5)
READY MONEY: assemble a verb meaning studied at university, the reversal of MY, a word meaning single and the abbreviation for year.
17d Goddess embracing limitless Sahara; a vast desert region (8)
KALAHARI: a Hindu goddess contains the inner letters of Sahara.
18d Spanish city almost entirely enclosed in Latin road (8)
VALENCIA: a word meaning entirely without its last letter and the abbreviation for enclosed go inside the Latin word for road.
19d Middle-class novel a good laugh, with a degree of reflection? (3,4)
AGA SAGA: stick together A and an informal word for a good laugh or an amusing situation. Now add the reversal of most of what you already have.
20d Adored absorbing Neruda; extremely gifted (7)
DONATED: a verb meaning adored contains the outer letters of Neruda.
23d The present cut ends in worst outcome till now (2,4)
TO DATE: a word for the present (as opposed to the past or the future) loses its last letter and that’s followed by the end letters of worst outcome.
26d Characters aboard train in Euston Square (4)
NINE: hidden in the clue.
My favourite clue was 19d. Which one(s) made the grade for you?