Toughie No 2993 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by StephenL
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Hello everyone from a crisp and clear South Devon coast.
Chalicea is in the Tuesday spot today and she’s given us a fun puzzle, that as usual with this setter is on the gentle side for a Toughie.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a Ground in some places for florist possibly (5,5)
FIRST FLOOR: Anagram (possibly) of the preceding two words. The “in some places” refers to the fact that the solution applies in America for one but not here.
6a Change hands over (4)
SWAP: Reversal (over) of an informal name for one’s hands or those of a pet
10a Silly little flower (5)
DAFFY: This rather quaint adjective meaning mildly eccentric is also a shortened name for my favourite flower
11a Melodious line absorbing hearts in variety entertainment (5,4)
MUSIC HALL: Insert the abbreviation for Hearts into a synonym of melodious then append the abbreviation for Line
12a Hunt circling before essentially galloping to this point (8)
HEREUNTO: Place HUNT from the clue around (circling) a 3-letter preposition meaning before then append the essential letter of gallOping
13a Way of communicating publicity in city (5)
RADIO: Place an abbreviated synonym of publicity into the informal name of a Brazilian city
15a Certain loser, an absence of flair ultimately limiting hard work and energy (2-5)
NO-HOPER: Bit of a Lego clue. Start with a 2-letter word that could mean “an absence of” for the first part. We then need to piece together the abbreviation for Hard, some abbreviated work, the abbreviation for Energy and the ultimate letter of flaiR.
17a Term expressing quality of article found in English mine (7)
EPITHET: The abbreviation for English is followed by an insertion of the definite article into a mine or colliery.
19a Not completely understand every cry of disapproval (7)
CATCALL: A verb meaning to understand or hear loses its last letter (not completely) and is followed by a simple synonym of every.
21a On the low side, open to bribery welcoming tenners and roubles for starters (7)
VENTRAL: A word meaning open to bribery or corrupt goes around (welcoming) the initial letters of Tenners and Roubles
22a Eliminate donkeys regularly eccentric!
KOOKY: The abbreviation for a 2-letter synonym of eliminate (think boxing match) is followed by alternate letters of dOnKeYs
24a Whale of an ace etc going amok (8)
CETACEAN: ANAGRAM (going amok) of the preceding three words. Dolphins and porpoises also fall into this group.
27a Plug new gold layer to a sickening extent (2,7)
AD NAUSEAM: A charade of an abbreviation for plug in the sense of publicise (it appeared earlier!), the abbreviation for New, the chemical symbol of gold and a layer or tier.
28a Charge to visit American island (5)
ATOLL: Follow an abbreviation for American with a charge in the sense of payment, often to go across a bridge.
29a Bard’s cool part of ship (4)
KEEL: Double definition, the less obvious one being a Shakespearean term (it’s in the BRB) meaning to cool.
30a Clearly expresses fanciful ancient use (10)
ENUNCIATES: Anagram (fanciful) of the following two words. Nice word.
1d Die away finally like short-lived craze seen earlier (4)
FADE: The final letter of likE follows a short-lived vogue or hobby (seen earlier)
2d Disarrays powerful blast from weapon (5,4)
RIFLE SHOT: A synonym of disarrays or ransacks is followed by a synonym of powerful in the sense of intense.
3d Suitable moment, it’s said, for seasoning (5)
THYME: A homophone (it’s said) of a word that could describe a suitable moment as in “it’s a good **** for coffee.
4d River creature upset concerning fluid flow (7)
LAMINAR: The abbreviation for River and a general word for a creature are reversed (upset)
5d Old and new afflicted surrounding hospital towards the coast (7)
ONSHORE: Start with abbreviations for Old and New. Add a synonym of afflicted or painful into which the abbreviation for Hospital is inserted.
7d Reportedly exert power, perhaps, over wooded country (5)
WEALD: A homophone (reportedly) of a word that could mean exert power over or command. A new word for me, described as archaic.
8d Intimate discussions of papa with difficulty to walk dodderingly (6,4)
PILLOW TALK: The phonetic abbreviation for Papa, a synonym of difficulty in the sense of affliction I guess, and an anagram (dodderingly) of TO WALK.
9d Person of virulent hatred’s extreme contempt about poison occasionally ignored (8)
SCORPION: A synonym of contempt or derision goes around the alternate letters (occasionally ignored) letters of PoIsOn. I hadn’t come across this meaning before but again, it’s in the BRB.
14d With luck at last carve out talent for ornament (5-5)
KNICK-KNACK: The final letter of lucK, a verb meaning to carve (a notch perhaps) and a talent or gift.
16d Play’s put off for native of Australia (8)
PLATYPUS: ANAGRAM (off) of the preceding two words.
18d Listen to a boxing match on the radio near this place (9)
HEREABOUT: A charade of a homophone (on the radio) of a synonym of listen to followed by A from the clue and another word for a boxing match.
20d The French beginning to construct and shape on lathe, we hear, reading desk (7)
LECTURN: A charade of a French definite article, the first letter of Construct and another homophone (we hear) of the action of creating something on a lathe.
21d I’m in a TV production, necessary for good life (7)
VITAMIN: Anagram (production) of the previous four words
23d Snow leopard’s small weight (5)
OUNCE: Double definition.
25d Fur covering one carnivorous mammal (5)
COATI: The fur of an animal goes above the letter that looks like the number one.
26d Charity is oddly all amiss (4)
ALMS: Another alternate letters clue (is oddly) of the following two words.
Nothing really jumped out at me as favourite but I thought 1a and 1d were very neat, thanks Chalicea