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Toughie 3046

Toughie No 3046 by Hudson

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BD Rating – Toughie Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Hudson always gives us an entertaining Toughie to solve but this one goes the extra mile with a theme where, after you have solved a few clues, you begin to spot several solutions that might belong in a themed list – there turn out to be more of them than you would first think.

If I was going to have one quibble, I would point out that my parsing scribbles on my solved grid paper contain no fewer than eight indicating the need to reverse something in the wordplay

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7a    Prison car turned into material for recycling (5,4)
SCRAP IRON An anagram (turned) of PRISON CAR

8a    Concentrate of spun copper sulphate, primarily (5)
FOCUS OF (from the clue) reversed (spun) followed by the chemical symbol for copper and the primary letter of Sulphate

10a    Criminally trap golden eagle? (6)
RAPTOR An anagram (criminally) of TRAP followed by the heraldic term for gold

11a    Odd, receiving odd tattoo? (4,4)
DRUM ROLL An adjective meaning odd or amusing into which is inserted (receiving) a slang word meaning odd

12a    Mum sadly rejected peaceful greeting (6)
SALAAM A reversal (rejected) of an interjection meaning sadly and a mother

14a    Maybe Top Gear host works with VW (2,4)
TV SHOW An anagram (works) of HOST with VW

16a    I must move to the back of fancy cinema, very large (4)
MAXI Move the I from the front of the name of a large-screen cinema to the back

17a    Ms Dorries is on the way back after leaving Ulster’s American-style saloon (5)
SEDAN Reverse (on the way back) a way of writing the forename of Ms Dorries, the MP and author, with an ‘S (is) and then omit (leaving) the abbreviation for Northern Ireland (Ulster)

18a    Skirt the road to Leeds, followed by van from Ilkley (4)
MINI The name of the motorway to Leeds followed by the first letter (van in the sense of front) of Ilkley

19a    Accompany notorious conquistador when cycling (6)
ESCORT Take the name of a notorious conquistador and cycle the last two letters of his name to the front of the word

21a    Persian ruler giving Roman 6 king a going-over (6)
XERXES A reversal (going over) of the Latin (Roman) words for six and king

24a    This man’s composed, noted Boris, when introduced by the Queen? (4,4)
CARL ORFF This composer’s name could sound like the name of a famous (noted) actor called Boris if it was pronounced by someone using the Queen’s English or Received Pronunciation

26a    About a pint knocked back, Tom loves it! (6)
CATNIP The Latin abbreviation for about, A (from the clue) and a reversal (knocked back) of PINT

27a    Street hip-hop beat (5)
STRAP The abbreviation for street and another word for hip-hop music

28a    Father, ordinary male, declared bankruptcy in South Korea after this (4,3,2)
FROM NOW ON An abbreviated religious father, the abbreviations for Ordinary and Male and how someone in South Korea would declare bankruptcy as they wouldn’t have any of their country’s currency


1d    Splendour of chapter in uplifting story (5)
ECLAT The abbreviation for chapter
inserted into a reversal (uplifting) of a story

2d    Italian staple Romeo’s consumed, starters of marinated Ischian beef (8)
PASTRAMI The letter represented by Romeo in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet is ‘consumed’ by Italy’s staple food, the result followed by the starters of Marinated and Ischian

3d    Busier railway traversing mountains (6)
SIERRA Hidden in (traversing) buSIER RAilway

4d, 13 Down & 25 Down Working dad from university city a key literary figure (4,5,4)
FORD MADOX FORD An anagram (working) of DAD FROM followed by a university city gives us the name of an English novelist, poet, critic and editor
whose journals The English Review and The Transatlantic Review were important in the development of early 20th-century English and American literature. There are two themed names in the solution

5d    Country dance one of the Bee Gees picked up (6)
MORRIS A homophone (picked up) of the forename of one of the Bee Gees

6d    Recover bullet following shot to leg (4,5)
PULL ROUND A piece of ammunition of one shot (bullet) goes after (following) a cricket shot to the legside

9d    City of Nassau’s tiny (6)
AUSTIN Hidden in nassAUS TINy

13d    See 4 Down

15d    Academic stream swindles auto parts (9)
CAMSHAFT A river that gives a university city its name (academic stream) followed by a slang way of saying swindles

17d    Pasteur occasionally embraced by nurse (heavenly body!) (6)
SATURN The occasional letters of pAsTeUr ’embraced’ by a State Registered Nurse

18d    More than one eminent musician from West perhaps arranges to come over (8)
MAESTROS The forename of, for example (perhaps) Ms West the American actress followed by a reversal (to come over) of a synonym for arranges

20d    Muse knocked over an item in the garage (6)
OILCAN A reversal (knocked over) of the Muse of History followed by AN (from the clue)

22d    See if you can beat setter’s flower arrangement (6)
RACEME If you split this term for an arrangement of flowers on a stem 4,2 you will see why our setter is asking if you can beat him

23d    Junior team in organdie skirts (5)
MINOR Hidden in (skirts) teaM IN Organdie

25d    See 4 Down

12 comments on “Toughie 3046

  1. I found this quite challenging and it took me a while to complete.

    Thanks to CS and Hudson.

  2. Great fun with a theme that even I couldn’t fail to notice (though I didn’t spot as many elements as CS) – thanks to Hudson and CS.
    I ticked 21a, 28a, 6d and 22d but favourite has to be the very amusing 24a.

  3. Totally missed the theme but independent of that still a lot of clever stuff in there.
    Never heard of the author at 4d but eventually saw the wordplay and that enabled me to get enough checkers for one of my remaining two, 21a but not 24a alas.
    I particularly liked 11,14,17&28a plus 5d (lol)&15d.
    Many thanks to Hudson and Cryptic Sue.

  4. 21 ac was interesting. I had ‘a VI’ for ‘a Roman 6’, with rex going backwards over it, to produce Xavier, which I believe was an alternative name for Xerxes. I couldn’t quite justify the position of the ‘a’, and when the ‘flower arrangement finally dawned on me I went back and properly parsed the Persian. I wonder if the setter was aware of that potential Hefalumph trap.

  5. 17a is thematic too [there was a 4d version] and the clues at 14a and 2d are related. A fun puzzle with lots to admire, especially 28a and 22d.
    Thanks to Hudson and to CS.

  6. Themes can sometimes invite a plethora of comments from those who either love or loathe them, but for me this was a nice and generally unobtrusive one, well handled by Hudson. None too difficult either, but for me a pleasant solve indeed.

  7. Enjoyed that, and was much relieved when a sudden brain wave gave me the 4/18/25d combo. Progress had been slow in the SE when with my first entry I swiftly wrote in a quite absurd biff at 21a based on ‘Shah’: the consequent wrong letters in all the right places were an unwelcome distraction.

    JV notes the theme as having been unobtrusive … well, I found it so unobtrusive as to be invisible, even when reading the opening lines of CS’s blog, and it still didn’t dawn on me until I saw the third car picture! Wish I had seen the theme, though, as it would have helped me with my LOI, 18d.

    Otherwise a generally light and amusing puzzle as one would anticipate from Hudson. For me Hon Mentions to 17a (truly ghastly person, though), 24a (big smile), and 5d, with COTD to the quite brilliant and laugh-out-loud 28a.

    Thank you Hudson, and thank you CS

  8. A very pleasant and not too taxing Toughie that I enjoyed solving earlier today. Missed the theme, of course, (must try harder) but loved some of the clues, particularly 19 and 28a.

    Thanks to Hudson for the fun and CS.

  9. Excellent puzzle & great fun. 80% went in reasonably quickly but hit the buffers down south & needed the hints for 24&28a (my joint fav clues annoyingly) plus 15&20d – no matter how hard I try the names of the muses don’t stick, what’s under the bonnet remains a mystery to me & didn’t know the S Korean dosh. Twigged the theme but quite a few I missed. Very enjoyable
    Thanks to Hudson & to CS for much needed help across the finish line

  10. Embarrassed to report that we totally missed the theme.
    We did enjoy the solve though.
    Thanks Hudson and CS.

  11. Too clever by half! I wonder how much time that took him? I really struggled despite catching the motor theme fairly early on. I fell into the Xavier trap and had strum for 27 a which all held me up. Many thanks for your masterly steering CS and well done Hudson

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