Toughie No 3147 by Silvanus
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Many thanks to Silvanus for a very gentle and most enjoyable puzzle. There are multiple hints at the top and bottom of the grid that Silvanus may have knocked up a half-century of Toughies – if that’s the case then many congratulations to him.
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8a Current Conservative facing sack over incident ultimately that’s untrue (7)
INEXACT: an adjective meaning current or topical and an abbreviation for Conservative contain the reversal of a verb to sack. Finish with the ultimate letter of ‘that’.
10a Flatter ground a tad gluey, lacking cover (7)
ADULATE: an anagram (ground) of A TAD [g]LUE[y].
11a Sweet idol relishes every so often retired boxer’s protection (9)
GUMSHIELD: a gelatinous type of sweet followed by the reversal of alternate letters in ‘idol relishes’.
12a Suppose plenipotentiary’s to some extent revolutionary (5)
OPINE: hidden in reverse.
13a Called Yorkshire’s opener “long-legged” (5)
RANGY: a verb meaning called or belled and the opening letter of Yorkshire.
14a Vegetable wine idiot will guzzle? On the contrary (7)
CASSAVA: a sparkling wine containing a synonym of idiot.
17a Seaside town, resort two men pressure American to visit (6-5-4)
WESTON-SUPER-MARE: an anagram (re-sort) of TWO MEN PRESSURE with an abbreviation for American entertained within.
19a Filled with grief, pal felt he’s occasionally lost (7)
REPLETE: remove the odd letters from “grief pal felt he’s”.
21a Peeping Tom emerges from hearing earlier (5)
PRYER: a homophone of an adjective meaning earlier.
24a Most awful defeat (5)
WORST: double definition, the second being a verb.
26a Actor was furious with Scotsman after termination of contract (9)
TRAGEDIAN: a verb meaning ‘was furious’ and a traditional Scottish forename both follow the terminating letter of contract.
27a Instrument, one held by a Corsican, sadly so scratched (7)
OCARINA: insert the Roman numeral for one into an anagram (sadly) of A CORSICAN after we’ve scratched out the Latin word meaning ‘so’.
28a Falls once more, going west around centre of Carmarthen (7)
NIAGARA: reverse an adverb meaning once more around the central two letters of Carmarthen.
1d Remain behind selling ermine coats (6)
2d No female natives of Flanders will keep minute rodents (8)
LEMMINGS: start with some natives of Flanders, remove the abbreviation for female and insert the abbreviation for minute.
3d Tearful scholar, disturbed about my raised voice finally (10)
LACHRYMOSE: an anagram (disturbed) of SCHOLAR contains ‘my’ reversed. Finish with the final letter of voice.
4d Picture of antelope’s better moving heading to the bottom (9)
LANDSCAPE: stick together a large antelope with its ‘S and a verb to better or outdo. Now move the first letter to the end.
5d Extremely unnatural being upset over party game (4)
LUDO: reverse the outer letters of unnatural before a festive party.
6d Posh boy advanced to embrace princess (2-2-2)
LA-DI-DA: a synonym of boy and the abbreviation for advanced contain the popular name of a late British princess.
7d Advantage in student meeting Australian TV celebrity (8)
LEVERAGE: our usual abbreviated student followed by the surname of a ‘titled’ Australian TV celebrity’.
9d Reportedly make fun of banker (4)
TEES: this river in North-East England sounds like a verb to make fun of someone.
15d Dismantled late MP’s car that’s found in junkyard (5,5)
SCRAP METAL: an anagram (dismantled) of LATE MP’S CAR.
16d Key people mostly returning to support German city (9)
ESSENTIAL: reverse a word for people (as opposed to clerics or professionals) without its last letter and append it to a city in the Ruhr valley.
17d Abrasive European in Irish court left following wife (4,4)
WIRE WOOL: insert an abbreviation for European between an abbreviation for Irish and a verb to court. Add the abbreviation for left then append the lot to the genealogical abbreviation for wife.
18d Play, Act I cast finding unusual (8)
ATYPICAL: an anagram (cast) of PLAY ACT I.
20d Door of sports hall repeatedly out of bounds (6)
PORTAL: remove the outer letters from two consecutive words in the clue.
22d Cost of letting different Aldershot houses (6)
23d Troublesome individual that Parisians toast? (4)
PAIN: double definition, the first may be troublesome in the neck or lower down.
25d Labour triumph’s beginning to be undermined by smear (4)
TOIL: the first letter of triumph followed by a verb to smear or lubricate.
I’ve picked 24a, 4d and 7d for my podium. Which one(s) 24ed the rest for you?