Toughie No 2931 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Thanks to Kcit for an entertaining puzzle containing two first-rate all-in-one clues for which I’ve awarded an additional half-star for enjoyment. There is a Nina for which you need to arrange the four three-letter answers in a specific order.
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6a Political group who will come out with biased cant (6,7)
SHADOW CABINET: an anagram (will come out) of WHO and BIASED CANT.
8a Determined fish should be kept in farm enclosure (6)
STEELY: insert a fish into a farm enclosure.
9a Staff at Highland Games initially ignored requirement, reflected Scottish city (8)
ABERDEEN: a staff used by Scottish tossers loses its initial letter and that’s followed by the reversal of a requirement.
10a Store wanting second concession (3)
SOP: a retail store without its second letter.
11a I’m backing spurious claim linked to University environment (6)
MILIEU: reverse I’M and add a spurious claim and the single-letter abbreviation for university.
12a Power active before line disconnected, now hopeless (8)
PATHETIC: the physics abbreviation for power and an adjective meaning active or sporty without the abbreviation for line.
14a Excite a crowd about it (7)
AGITATE: A and a crowd (i.e. the paying spectators) containing IT.
16a Transient success in exam in Greek at first (7)
PASSING: string together what constitutes a success in an exam, IN and the first letter of Greek.
20a Fiancee energised after injecting strong stimulant (8)
CAFFEINE: an anagram (energised) of FIANCEE with the musical abbreviation for strong inserted produces a prerequisite for early morning solving.
23a Change for the writer, cuddling dog that’s returned (6)
MODIFY: a possessive adjective meaning ‘for the writer’ contains the reversal of a traditional dog’s name meaning ‘I am faithful’ in Latin.
24a Twitch at odd points? (3)
TIC: an all-in-one clue utilising the odd letters of the first word.
25a Trouble always returns, over one misjudged gag at first (8)
AGGRIEVE: the reversal of a synonym for always containing the Roman numeral for one is preceded by an anagram (misjudged) of GAG.
26a Trendy flight offering music (3-3)
HIP-HOP: an adjective meaning trendy and a short journey by air.
27a Stuttering woe, possibly? (6-7)
TONGUE-TWISTER: an all-in-one clue involving an excellent anagram (possibly) of STUTTERING WOE.
1d Information about manicure tool picked up in beauty work? (4-4)
FACE-LIFT: a piece of information contains the reversal of a manicure tool.
2d Daughter embraced by guys without question abandoned tight clothing (8)
BODYSUIT: the genealogical abbreviation for daughter is contained inside young guys. Follow that with a verb meaning abandoned without the single-letter abbreviation for question.
3d Disorganised program involved in small uproar (7)
SCRAPPY: the modern abbreviation for a computer program is contained in the abbreviation for small and a word meaning uproar (especially when it’s associated with ‘hue’).
4d Son kidnapped by a criminal is not here (6)
ABSENT: the genealogical abbreviation for son is contained in A and an informal adjective meaning criminal or corrupt.
5d A specific Italian leader missing nothing, being apprehensive (2,4)
ON EDGE: stick together a word meaning ‘a specific’ and the historic title of the Chief Magistrate of Venice without the letter resembling nothing.
6d Session with sailor to understand battle opportunity? (7,6)
SITTING TARGET: glue together a synonym for session, a dated informal word for a sailor and a verb to understand or twig.
7d During shift, see that chap stop work, finding a detective story (3,4,2,4)
THE SIGN OF FOUR: inside a shift or period of duty insert a male pronoun (that chap) and a phrasal verb meaning to stop work.
13d Cove’s vessels losing pressure, initially drifting away (3)
HIS: this cove is not a bay but an informal word for a bloke. Remove the physics abbreviation for pressure and the initial letter from seagoing vessels.
15d Consumed article first in meal (3)
ATE: start with a meal and move its grammatical article to the front.
17d Give power to board member without direct involvement? (8)
ARMCHAIR: charade of a verb to give power to or equip and the senior member of a company’s board.
18d Sort of deviation recorded in husband is upsetting (8)
SIDEPATH: insert a verb meaning recorded (sound or pictures) between the genealogical abbreviation for husband and IS. Now invert the lot.
19d Need odd bits of treaty reworked to achieve improved relations (7)
DÉTENTE: an anagram (reworked) of NEED and the odd letters of TrEaTy.
21d Person opposing keeping river flowing, say (3,3)
FOR ONE: a person opposing or adversary contains the abbreviation for river and an adverb meaning flowing (like electricity).
22d Angry, I get more petrol, dropping fourth in race (6)
IREFUL: I is followed by a verb meaning to get more petrol without the fourth letter of race.
I rarely select anagrams for my podium but I have to include the excellent 27a together with 24a and 17d. Which one(s) made the cut for you?