Toughie No 3169 by Chalicea
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Hello everyone from, at the time of writing, a mild and sunny South Devon coast. The prolific Chalicea gets us in the groove this week with a puzzle that despite a couple dated references and clunky surface reads I enjoyed solving.
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1a Potentially ban peace cult? It’s not on (12)
UNACCEPTABLE: Anagram (potentially) of the following three words
9a Some men voicing author’s final words (5)
ENVOI: Hidden (some)
10a Artisan, writer of legal documents with copyright for first of deeds (9)
CRAFTSMAN: Start with someone who writes legal documents and replace the first letter of deeds with the single-letter abbreviation for Copyright.
11a Spoil alcohol at start of event to provide with a boundary (9)
MARGINATE: A charade of a synonym of spoil or ruin, a spirit, AT from the clue and the initial letter of Event. I can’t really make a lot of sense of the surface read here.
12a Reckless and somewhat super-duper (5)
PERDU: I can see this is hidden (somewhat) but I’ve only ever come across this as the past tense of the French verb “to lose” The BRB confirms the meaning however.
13a Antiquated fuddy-duddy IT one even essentially follows (9)
PRIMITIVE: Another charade of an adjective meaning very proper, IT from the clue, the letter that looks like the number one and the essential letters of eVEn.
16a Belts and footwear (5)
SOCKS: Double definition, the first a verb (lol)
18a Severe gear I’d put together (5)
RIGID: A synonym of gear or equipment with (put together) I’d from the clue.
19a Haphazardly rip up root miscellany (9)
POTPOURRI: Anagram (haphazardly) of the following three words.
20a Performing hound circling pub endlessly (5)
DOING: A canine around (circling) a pub or bar minus its last letter.
22a Curiously subtler and almost of lower status (9)
SUBALTERN: Anagram (curiously) of SUBTLER plus AN(d)
25a Witnessing exam, a tripos regularly taken at the end (9)
TESTATION: A charade of an exam plus A from the clue plus regular letters of TrIpOs plus the final letter (at the end) of takeN. Collins has this as obsolete.
26a Condescend when initially falling for daughter’s act (5)
FEIGN: A verb meaning to condescend with the abbreviation for Daughter replaced by the first letter of Falling. Very smart.
Here’s a great act with a song of supreme beauty.
27a Middle player gets onto boat — with these adjustable keels? (12)
CENTREBOARDS: Follow a position in a team of players that could indicate they play in the middle with a straightforward verb meaning “gets on to a boat”
1d Airgun Navy shot that’s not advanced, it’s regular (9)
UNVARYING: Anagram (shot) of the preceding two words less the abbreviation for Advanced.
2d Journal I binned contains excuse for failure (5)
ALIBI: Hidden (contains)
3d Give Chanel a drink (5)
COCOA: Chanel here is a French fashion designer who gave her name to a chic sporty look for women. We need to add A to her given name.
4d Detailed proposal on way to reinforce temporary post (9)
PLACEMENT: A proposal or intent minus its last letter (detailed) plus something that could literally and metaphorically reinforce.
5d Opposed to foregone old appetizer (9)
ANTIPASTO: A preposition meaning opposed to or against, a word meaning foregone or no more plus the abbreviation for Old.
6d Ancient ghost? Napoleon’s the spirit rising (5)
LEMUR: A French (Napoleon’s the) definite article plus a reversal (rising) of a spirit one drinks.
7d Male and female Olympians eliminating opponents (13)
HERMAPHRODITE: Useful to know your Greek gods for this one. Put together two Olympians then remove two bridge opponents. Very smart.
8d Without doubt one French pursuit decreasing right away (13)
UNQUESTIONING: The French word for one, a pursuit or goal and crosswordland’s favourite “de-creasing” with the abbreviation for Right removed. Nice clue but pity to have two French indicators so close together.
14d Feeling justifiable anger, with upset company gone, mixed gin and tonic (9)
INDIGNANT: Anagram of a synonym of with plus GIN AND TONIC with the abbreviation for COmpany removed (gone) The setter has correctly used two anagram indicators here (upset and mixed). Very smart.
15d I have to chase rascal and fool showing no emotion (9)
IMPASSIVE: Place a contracted form of I have from the clue after synonyms of a rascal and a fool.
17d Acts respectfully protecting English widowers’ rights (9)
CURTESIES: The formal acts performed by females when being presented to royalty perhaps around (protecting) the abbreviation for English. The BRB has this as “now rare”.
21d Point in dispute remains to prosecute at law (5)
ISSUE: A simple synonym of remains or continues to exist plus a legal action.
23d House brandy (5)
BINGO: I think this is a double definition, the first an exclamation in a (goodness knows why) popular game, the other a cartoon character?
24d Sentence one penned at length (5)
LIFER: A clever play on the word “penned” which in this sense means incarcerated. I like this.
Thanks Chalicea. I liked 26a plus 7,14&24d. Which ones did you particularly enjoy?