Toughie No 2921 by Shamus
Hints and Tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty * – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone from a grey skies and grim South Devon coast.
Today I have the pleasure of blogging a puzzle by Shamus for the first time. I know that he usually sets quite accessible and fun puzzles, and this was no exception, with only a couple of parsing issues giving any real pause for thought.
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6a Pity a creep disrupted entertaining turn (5,5)
PARTY PIECE: Anagram (disrupted) of the preceding three words.
8a Lose one’s temper with game (4)
SNAP: Double definition, one a verb, the other a noun.
9a Writer in film cuts tirade characterising guilt-ridden criminal? (9)
REPENTANT: Start with a writing implement and insert it into a 2-letter film. The whole thing then goes inside (cuts) a verbal tirade.
11a Part of main dynamics for form of motor racing (4)
INDY: Hidden in the clue (part of)
12a Possess robes after doffing jacket (3)
OWN: Remove the outer letters (doffing jacket) of some robes or formal dresses.
13a See among unstable incomes sign of a pause? (9)
SEMICOLON: An old fashioned exclamation used to draw attention to something (see) is inserted into an anagram (unstable) of INCOMES.
16a How drivers gain attention also close to depot (4)
TOOT: An adverb meaning also or as well plus the final letter of depoT.
17a Describe harbour with small amount of sunshine (7)
PORTRAY: A harbour and a shaft of sunlight (sadly lacking here at the moment)
18a Reportedly, more noticeable feature of a rocky landscape (7)
BOULDER: A homophone (reportedly) of a comparative adjective meaning more eye-catching or distinct.
20a Mostly stop round circle of light (4)
HALO: A verb meaning stop or end abruptly loses its last letter. Add the “round” letter.
21a Representation of green lady of iconic status (9)
LEGENDARY: Anagram (representation of) the following two words.
23a Feel sorry about government disowning Liberal (3)
RUE: Remove the abbreviation for Liberal from a synonym of government or administration.
24a Word to greet oddly glib, posturing maestro? (4)
YOGI: An informal greeting or exclamation and the odd letters of GlIb. Clever use of the word “posturing”
25a Expert dropping article on ground in Crete is low-key character (9)
RETICENCE: Remove an indefinite article from a 3-letter expert and append the result to an anagram (ground) of IN CRETE.
29a By the sound of it, one opposing stake (4)
ANTE: Another homophone (by the sound of it) of someone opposing, the antonym being “pro”.
30a Awfully timid son now discontented is racked by doubt (2,3,5)
IN TWO MINDS: Anagram (awfully) of TIMID SON and the outer letters (discontented) of NoW.
1d Fine display in charity bazaar (4)
FAIR: The abbreviation for Fine and a verb meaning to display or show.
2d Put an end to fit of temper right away (4)
STOP: Remove the abbreviation for Right (right away) from a fit of temper or tantrum.
3d Put good slant on short car trip (4)
SPIN: Double definition, the first usually used in a political sense.
4d Discussion to adopt Conservative line for time? It’s a fiasco (7)
DEBACLE: Remove the abbreviation for Time from a discussion or discourse and replace it with abbreviations for Conservative and Line.
5d Tough university employee starts to employ brainy youth getting poorly treated (4,4,2)
HARD DONE BY: A synonym of tough is followed by our usual university employee and the initial letters (starts to) of Employ Brainy Youth.
7d Comedian with small room in New York for musical performer (5,4)
ELTON JOHN: An English comedian and author, probably best known for his work on The Young Ones and Blackadder is followed by an American word (in New York) for “the small room” or loo.
8d Mistake by agricultural worker, it’s said? There’s only a trace (9)
SCINTILLA: Two homophones required here, one for a mistake or wrongdoing, the other for a mechanical plough (agricultural worker)
10d Priest with story in a cycle (3)
ELI: Start with a story, a falsehood and cycle the last letter to the beginning.
13d Be a smart consumer getting concession when drinking in hotel with a set of drinks (4,6)
SHOP AROUND: Place a 3-letter concession, often of little value, around (when drinking in) the abbreviation for Hotel and add an informal term for a set of drinks (1,5) in a bar perhaps.
14d Couple of notes I tore out showing piece of debris (9)
METEORITE: Two notes on the sol-fa scale are followed by an anagram (out) of I TORE.
15d Role chair played in Belgian city (9)
CHARLEROI: Anagram (played) of the preceding two words.
19d A foolish sort had to make trouble (7)
AGITATE: A from the clue, an informal word for an unpleasant or unintelligent person and a synonym of had in the sense of consumed.
22d Outstanding musical composition for a pair in short (3)
DUE: The “outstanding” here means owing, not fabulous. Remove the final letter (in short) of a musical composition performed by two people.
26d Remove loose parts from a number of things (4)
CROP: After a bit of thought I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a double definition, one a verb, the other a noun.
27d Simplistic following associated with Scot on reflection (4)
NAIF: The abbreviation for Following and a Christian name (once) popular in Scotland are reversed (on reflection). I’d never heard of this word but the wordplay and checkers got me there.
28d Completes studies but departs later (4)
ENDS: The abbreviation for Departs is moved a couple of places along (later) in a synonym of studies as a noun.
I’ll award my ticks to 8d as it’s a lovely word, plus 13d and 28d for its clever wordplay.