Toughie 3153 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone from grey(ish) South Devon coast.
Tuesday regular Chalicea get things moving this week with a fun puzzle that I enjoyed solving.
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1a Smart little pullet! Not entirely (4)
CHIC: Remove the final letter from an abbreviated young hen.
3a Horse‘s hardtack (3,7)
SEA BISCUIT: As far as I can see this is a double definition, the less obvious being an American champion horse in the 1940s.
8a Expedient note, one providing information (8)
RESOURCE: A note on the sol-fa scale followed by reference or authority.
9a 6 in European capital getting disease (6)
PLAGUE: Apply the solution of 6d to a rather splendid East European capital city and we have an epidemic.
10a Having diamonds in the place of gold primarily makes goof a lot of money (6)
BUNDLE: A similar clue to the one above, this time we need to change the first letter of Gold in a synonym of goof or error to the single-letter abbreviation for Diamonds.
11a However tense, start to spread ideas (8)
THOUGHTS: A synonym of however, the abbreviation for Tense and the initial letter of Spread
13a Settled exactly after article originally drafted by editor (8)
ADJUSTED: A charade of the indefinite article, the initial letter of Drafted, an adverb that could mean exactly and the usual abbreviated editor.
14a Last goal not oddly hurried (6)
ENDURE: A goal or aim followed by alternate letters of hUrRiEd. Here’s a song that has lasted for good reason.
16a Old ship coated with preposterous blood colour is more sinister (6)
DARKER: Insert a biblical ship (coated with) into a reversal of the colour of blood
19a See about moving apart? (8)
SEPARATE: Place “see” from the clue around an anagram (moving ) of APART.
21a US force, through revised roster, becomes more efficient (8)
STRONGER: Place an abbreviated military reserve force in The US into an anagram (revised) of ROSTER
22a Refreshing tip off for motor sport? (6)
RACING: Remove the initial letter (tip off) from a synonym of (very!) refreshing.
24a Statesman, perhaps a Crimean, in trouble (8)
AMERICAN: The statesman here is a man of The States. Anagram (in trouble) of A CRIMEAN.
25a Fierce eagles spotted principally in uncultivated region (10)
WILDERNESS: Put together a synonym of fierce or untamed, some sea eagles and the initial letter of Spotted.
26a Inquisitive and loud without first hint of imagination (4)
NOSY: Remove the initial letter (first hint of) of (i)magination from a synonym of loud.
1d Material from humorist was the opposite of entertaining for the audience (9)
CARDBOARD: Start with a rather dated word for a humourist or quirky person and follow it with a homophone (for the audience) of an antonym of entertaining.
2d Could wildly silly person settle in this fantasy realm? (5-6-4)
CLOUD-CUCKOO-LAND: A charade of an anagram (wildly) of COULD, a silly or slightly mad person and a synonym of settle or arrive at. Lol.
3d Reptile exhausted circling eastern river (7)
SERPENT: A synonym of exhausted or “done in” goes around abbreviations for Eastern and River.
4d Positively declare tough youth turned away (7)
AVERTED: A word meaning state or declare followed by a 1950’s “tough” youth.
5d I persuade marketing boards to get better (7)
IMPROVE: Start with I from the clue then insert (boards) some abbreviated marketing into a synonym of persuade. Nice.
6d Encroaching tide flowing back (6,9)
CHANGE DIRECTION: Anagram (flowing) of the preceding two words.
7d Toss cycling pants (5)
TREWS: A synonym of toss or scatter with the initial letter cycled to the end.
12d Prominence of tipped-over rubbish (3)
TOR: A reversal (tipped over) of a synonym of rubbish or balderdash!. The prominence is common on Dartmoor in my part of the world.
15d Issue leaders of newspapers covering yesterday’s serious situation (9)
EMERGENCY: A synonym of issue or emanate and the initial letters (leaders) of Newspapers Covering Yesterday.
17d Well-chosen answer essentially recaptured (3)
APT: The abbreviation for Answer plus the essential letters of recaPTured. The solution also lies within the final word!
18d Pistol raised on a Republican soldier (7)
REGULAR: A reversal of one of crosswordland’s favourite pistols plus (on in a down clue) A from the clue and the abbreviation for Republican.
19d Area in Normandy above exposed part of cliff (7)
SURFACE: The French word (in Normandy) for above plus the exposed part, or the part facing the sea, of a cliff. Very smart. Here’s one in Sidmouth.
20d Quarrel mounting over the Spanish packages (7)
PARCELS: A reversal of a quarrel or fight goes around a definite article in Spanish.
21d Wages of small company (5)
SCREW: The abbreviation for Small and a group or gang.
Thanks Chalicea. My medals go to 2,5&19d. Which ones were on your podium?