Toughie No 3159 by Kcit
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
An enjoyable midweek Toughie – thanks to Kcit.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Fellows attending school, a good one in Yale’s view? (6)
MENSCH: weld together a synonym for fellows and an abbreviation for school to make a US slang term, from Yiddish, for a principled person.
4a Validation problem with bill (8)
CHECKSUM: an arithmetical problem follows a restaurant bill. The answer is a method of checking that data has been transmitted without errors.
9a Part of speech in German (and still in German) (6)
GERUND: an abbreviation for German and ‘and’ in German.
10a Not to be trusted as footwear? (8)
SLIPPERY: an amusing cryptic description of an item of footwear.
12a Curse the quota of suits? (10)
EXECRATION: split the answer 4,6 to get the quota of suits (where suits is an informal term for senior managers).
13a Dog dropping much-favoured stick (4)
CANE: a synonym for a dog loses an adverb meaning much-favoured or popular.
14a Second half of insurance document giving you chills? (3)
ICY: what a contractual insurance document is called without its first half.
15a Competition status given by violinist heading panel (11)
LEADERBOARD: the usual name given to the first violin in an orchestra followed by a synonym of panel.
18a N Armstrong, I fancy, is an astronomical phenomenon (7,4)
MORNING STAR: an anagram (fancy) of N ARMSTRONG I.
20a Joking, removing pin in expensive car (3)
JAG: another word for joking or jesting without ‘pin’.
21a Love bores little contemptible person (4)
TOAD: the letter that resembles love or zero goes inside a word for a small amount.
22a Place to play it provided by celebrity performer (10)
RECITALIST: assemble the abbreviation for a public place to play sports, IT and an adjective (1-4) describing a top celebrity.
24a American football club following framework (8)
GRIDIRON: a golf club follows a framework.
25a A lot of nonsense about regressive atmosphere in religious service (6)
BURIAL: an informal word for nonsense or pretentious talk without its last letter contains the reversal of a synonym for atmosphere. I don’t think that religion is necessarily involved.
26a Say I should have detectives coming in about high-class murder (8)
REGICIDE: an abbreviation meaning ‘say’, I and the police detective department all go inside a preposition meaning about.
27a City now restyled — wild? Not totally wild (6)
MADRAS: an adjective meaning wild or angry and an adjective meaning wild or impetuous without its last letter.
1d Publication on web is source of much attraction (9)
MAGNETISM: an abbreviated publication and a synonym of web followed by IS and the first letter of much.
2d Unknown broadcast picked up involving series for the young (7)
NURSERY: one of the mathematical unknowns and a verb to broadcast get reversed around the abbreviation for series.
3d Singers — choir’s foremost lot train badly (9)
CONTRALTI: an anagram (badly) of C[hoir] LOT TRAIN.
5d Moving in the circle, going round ring, like many orbits (12)
HELIOCENTRIC: an anagram (moving) of IN THE CIRCLE containing our ring-shaped letter.
6d Policeman attached to Yard providing material for newspaper? (4)
COPY: an informal word for a police officer and the abbreviation for a yard in length.
7d Czech composer encountered an article in support of Suk, primarily (7)
SMETANA: a synonym of met, AN and one of our indefinite articles all follow the primary letter of Suk (who, I learn, was another Czech composer).
8d Picked up morning Times, upset over Spain, perhaps (5)
MAYBE: reverse the abbreviation for ‘in the morning’, reverse another word for ‘times’ in maths and finish with the IVR code for Spain.
11d Unusual carrier taking on couple of lines, achieving total dominance (12)
STRANGLEHOLD: an adjective meaning unusual and a carrier seen on a building site with two occurrences of the abbreviation for line inserted separately.
16d Hinder Dracula flying, seeing off large voracious predator (9)
BARRACUDA: a verb to hinder or obstruct followed by an anagram (flying) of DRACU[l]A without the clothing abbreviation for large.
17d Understand previously Europeans ignoring a new heart drug (9)
DIGITALIS: an old slang verb to understand followed by some southern Europeans without their second A and the abbreviation for new.
19d Taking steps to rule out Open University (7)
READING: a present particle meaning ‘taking steps’ without its opening letter. I had to be persuaded by the BRB that open, as a noun, can meaning an opening.
20d Most of trial group retaining formality around one offering greater scandal (7)
JUICIER: a Russian doll clue. A group of twelve people (in England, fifteen in a criminal trial in Scotland) without the last letter contain a synonym of formality containing the Roman numeral for one.
21d Row engulfing golf opponent (5)
TIGER: a row or bank contains the letter that golf represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet. My initial thought was that this was a reference to Mr Woods but the BRB says that the answer can mean a formidable opponent.
23d Planet possibly cold, being overshadowed by Pluto (4)
DISC: the tap abbreviation for cold preceded by a name for the god Pluto.
The clues I liked best were 9a, 27a and 11d. Which one(s) appeared on your 15a?