Toughie No 2945 by Gila
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
Hello everyone from a super-mild South Devon coast. Is it really late October?
Anyway Gila kicks off the Toughie week, (and what a week it is with Django and Silvanus to follow) with an enjoyable puzzle that I thought perfect for the Tuesday spot. I warmed to it even more on doing the review as I appreciated the very clever wordplay throughout
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
8a Aussie pick-up brought back one small case (4)
ETUI: Reverse (brought back) an informal name in the antipodes for a utility vehicle and add the “single” letter.
9a Excess load of deliveries leading to rush (10)
OVERCHARGE: Six cricket deliveries precede (leading to) a verbal synonym of rush. The solution is a noun.
10a It is coated in oils to make appetisers (8)
CRUDITES: The word IT sits inside (coated in) some unrefined oil.
11a Cycle home and go to bed (4,2)
TURN IN: A synonym of cycle in the sense of rotate and the usual 2-letter word meaning at home.
12a Foolish New Yorker tackling salesperson about so-called health product? (9)
SUPERFOOD: Start with a 6-letter American simpleton and place it around an abbreviated salesmen . Reverse (about) the result.
13a Simple shot generally is much, much easier — but only from the front (5)
GIMME: The initial letters (only from the front) of the five words following the definition.
15a A phoney journalist is humiliated (7)
ASHAMED: A from the clue, a synonym of phoney or fake and our usual abbreviated senior journalist.
17a Certain style encapsulating almost every old Italian city (7)
PALERMO: A (rather unattractive I think) hairstyle once popular goes around a synonym of every, which is missing its final letter and the abbreviation for Old is appended to the result.
20a Drop left in engine’s oil reservoir (5)
SLUMP: Insert the abbreviation for Left into the part of an engine housing the oil.
22a Be mature and shut up about male lover having run away with female (4,2,3)
COME OF AGE: Harder to parse than solve, the enumeration alone almost gave it to me. A verb meaning to shut up in the sense of incarcerate goes around an iconic male lover without the initial R (run away from) and the abbreviation for Female. Great clue…and it gives me the opportunity to post this great song.
25a Song made up by a new group opposing us? (6)
ANTHEM: A from the clue, the abbreviation for New and a group that could be described as opposing us.
26a Farm building — excellent — housing large goose (8)
BARNACLE: A farm building is followed by an informal word meaning excellent into which is inserted (housing) the abbreviation for Large.
27a Dessert is deformed when cooked (10)
SEMIFREDDO: Anagram (when cooked) of the preceding two words.
28a Rabbit for a Londoner and another pet for a Parisian? (4)
CHAT: A word used by traditional Londoners for talk (at length) is also the French for a feline pet.
1d Companies often invested in drinks, including bitter (5-3)
START UPS: An informal verb meaning drinks “including” a synonym of bitter or acidic. I thought the wordplay very clever here.
2d Belt held right over trousers (6)
GIRDLE: (Well) hidden (trousers) and reversed (over) in the clue.
3d Given support during diet, if struggling (9)
FORTIFIED: A synonym of during is followed by an anagram (struggling) of IF DIET
4d Pounds I applied to savings fund (7)
PENSION: The pounds here have nothing to do with sterling but are enclosures. Follow them with I from the clue and a preposition which could mean applied to.
5d American with charming accent (5)
ACUTE: An abbreviation for American and a synonym of charming or sweet.
6d Very fine hotel provided by travel company (8)
HAIRLINE: The abbreviation for Hotel is followed by something provided by a travel company such as easyJet.
7d Bias is hidden by a person considered admirable (6)
AGEISM: Insert IS from the clue into (hidden by) A from the clue and how one could describe an admirable person.
14d Place offering lots of fancy aerosols and misters, primarily (9)
SALESROOM: Anagram (fancy) of AEROSOLS and the initial letter of Misters.
16d Amateur is seldom ultimately drawn in by mischievous look (8)
ARMCHAIR: Insert the final letter (ultimately) of seldoM into a synonym of mischievous and add a synonym of look in the sense of appearance or aura.
18d Explorer and crew taking a set line (8)
MAGELLAN: A verb meaning to crew goes around (taking) A from the clue, a synonym of set in the sense of stiffen and the abbreviation for Line.
19d In favour of nasty drug getting outlawed (7)
FORBADE: A 3-letter word meaning in favour of, a simple synonym of nasty and the abbreviation for Ecstasy.
21d Narrow opening guarded by surveillance team (6)
LANCET: Hidden (guarded by) in the clue. The opening is a window.
23d Provide money — though only one note, as intended (6)
FIANCE: Remove one of the abbreviations for Note in a verb meaning to provide money or fund.
24d Electronically controlled trucks turned up (5)
SMART: Reverse (turned up in a down clue) some trucks (that run on rails).
Thanks Gila, my ticks go to 22a plus 1,4&16d.