Toughie No 2973 by Dada
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty **/*** Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone from a mercifully milder than of late South Devon coast.
Tuesday rolls around again and Dada kicks off the Toughie week with a fun puzzle designed warm our hearts if not our bodies.
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7a Rattle in store I’d shaken (9)
DISORIENT: Anagram (shaken) of the preceding three words. I had to think for a moment which was the definition and which was the indicator here.
8a Set of individual duties and responsibilities initially rejected (5)
RADIO: A first letters clue, (much favoured by this setter and Ray T) but reversed (initially and rejected).
10a Bill’s partner fired up, calm down! (4,2)
COOL IT: I think Bill’s partner is a reference to a 1940’s film and it’s followed by a synonym of fired up in the sense of ignited .
11a Items of underwear — are those currently uplifting? (8)
THERMALS: These items of underwear that I suspect are popular at the moment are also upward currents of warm air.
12a School that’s dragged through the dirt (6)
HARROW: Double definition, the less obvious one being a heavy farming implement used to plough fields.
14a Crack glass vessel (6)
RETORT: Another double definition (Dada certainly loves them!) one a witty reply (crack) the other a vessel used in a lab.
16a Plane, say, in thoroughfare, wings sheared off (4)
TREE: Remove the outer letters of a thoroughfare.
17a Reportedly, chaps in front (5)
GUISE: A homophone (reportedly) of some men, the front being a pretense or outward appearance.
18a Destroyed a large amount of America (4)
SLEW: Double definition, the second more common in the US (of America) though I’m certainly familiar with it here, the indicator providing some nice misdirection.
19a One of twelve, impressive (6)
AUGUST: Double definition, the less obvious being an adjective with the stress on the second syllable when spoken
21a Now, mummy, mummy! (3-3)
TUT TUT: The “now” here is a mild expression of disapproval, the mummy an Egyptian reference. I rather liked this one.
24a Shirt and tie, for example, seen with warm pants (8)
MENSWEAR: Anagram (pants) of SEEN and WARM
26a Mournful sitter modelled (6)
TRISTE: Anagram (modelled) of SITTER
27a One carrying King’s head girl (5)
PENNY: Double definition. Does anyone use these nowadays and is anyone called it?
28a Overturned gripping instrument, neat (9)
UNDILUTED: A synonym of overturned, as an act may be “grips” or goes around a stringed instrument.
1d Start breaking metal cross (5)
TIGON: A 2-letter synonym of start is inserted into (breaking) a metal. The cross isn’t worn around the neck or seen in a church!
2d Distribution of coca leaf in area of hard labour (8)
COALFACE: Anagram (distribution of) the following two words. I suppose the solution can be literal or metaphorical.
3d Siberian drink (6)
BITTER: Straightforward (and very topical!) double definition.
4d Combine egg, did you say? (4)
KNIT: A homophone of the egg of a parasitic insect. My last one in.
5d Feline animal served up for rodent (6)
MARMOT: A reversal (served up) of an informal name for a cat and a male sheep (with his bits intact!)
6d During troublesome period, evil mocked (9)
PILLORIED: A synonym of evil sits inside an anagram (troublesome) of PERIOD
9d Order always set up after month (6)
DECREE: A literary or poetic contraction of “ever” (always) follows an abbreviated month (the one we’re in now!)
13d Bridge player transformed this game of cards (5)
WHIST: A player in bridge plus an anagram (transformed) of THIS.
15d Revolutionary routes communist took (9)
TROUSERED: An anagram (revolutionary) of ROUTES plus one of our usual communists. For some reason I smiled at this.
17d Drawn — but emotionally defeated? (6)
GUTTED: Double definition
18d Documentary evidence of debt concealed by team, bogus (8)
SPURIOUS: Our usual 3-letter acronym indicating a debt sits inside (concealed by) a (football) side. One for the big man!
20d Like bear furs in enormous boxes (6)
URSINE: A (rather good) lurker as indicated by “boxes”
22d Scrap pecked by bird (6)
TITBIT: A 3-letter bird and the past tense of a synonym of peck.
23d Blade appropriate, we hear? (5)
STEEL: A homophone (we hear) of a synonym of appropriate in its verbal sense.
25d Step ladder good (4)
RUNG: A ladder (in a pair of tights?) and the abbreviation for Good.
My winners today are 18&21a plus 15d. Which ones raised your spirits?