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Toughie 367

Toughie No 367 by Messinae

But is it a Toughie?

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Tilsit s the only person I know who can get injured playing Bridge, so I am stepping in for him today.  Not for the first time, I am asking what was Tough about this puzzle.  Perhaps you can let me know.

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1a    Bats consuming waste dessert (6,8)
{BANANA FRITTERS} – a colloquial word for bats, as in crazy, is placed around a word meaning to waste to get this dessert

9a    Spilt tomato on new seat (7)
{OTTOMAN} – combine an anagram (spilt) of TOMATO with N(ew) to get a cushioned seat for several people sitting with their backs to one another

10a    Sticky stuff, sort of lac found in e.g. pine (7)
{TREACLE} – to get this sticky foodstuff put an anagram (sort) of LAC inside the type of plant of which pine is an example – and if you have done today’s cryptic, plane is another!

11a    Clobber youngster (3)
{KIT} – a double definition – clothing and a young cat

12a    One working hard to conjure up Reds’ revival (5-6)
{SLAVE-DRIVER} – more one who makes others work hard – he’s an anagram (conjure up) of REDS’ REVIVAL

14a    Some characters involved in common assault in island’s capital (6)
{NASSAU} –hidden (some characters involved) inside common assault is the capital of the Bahamas

15a    Rice has song about a drink (3,5)
{TIA MARIA} – combine the first name of Evita’s lyricist with a song and put them around A to get a liqueur

17a    More than one joint leader in league succeeded (8)
{TOPSIDES} – to make these joints of beef, take the leader of a league table and add S(ucceeded)

19a    Hits yobs with clubs to the head (6)
{CLOUTS} – a word meaning hits is built up from yobs preceded by (to the head) C(lubs)

22a    What good tennis players aim for with first of services behaving well (11)
{COURTLINESS} – take the markings that a tennis player must keep within and add S (first of Services) to get a word meaning behaving well

23a    Function for island Chief-of-Staff (3)
{COS} – a triple definition – a function in trigonometry, a Greek island and the abbreviation for Chief-of-Staff

24a    Large Chinese element booze, getting up late (5,2)
{LYING IN} – a charade of L(arge), the Chinese element paired with yang, and an alcoholic drink gives a phrasal verb meaning getting up late

26a    Normal place for performing cut short newcomer (7)
{PARVENU} – the normal score for a golf hole is followed by a place for performing a concert without the final letter (cut short) to give a newcomer

27a    In South East trendy crowd encourages weed (9,5)
{SHEPHERD’S PURSE} – inside S(outh) E(ast) put synonyms for trendy, crowd and encourages to get a cosmopolitan weed – Chambers gives the enumeration as (8’1-5)


1d           Illegal and legal ways to stop rugby players getting help with lifting (5,3,6)
{BLOCK AND TACKLE} – in rugby you are allowed to do the latter but not the former in order to stop another player – together they give a lifting device comprising a pulley and ropes

2d           Writes down votes against accepting rubbish (7)
{NOTATES} – a verb meaning writes down is built from votes against, in parliament for instance, around shabby articles

3d           Sum at mint is assembled for one whose money attracts interest (11)
{NUMISMATIST} – an anagram (assembled) of SUM AT MINT IS gives someone interested in collecting coins and notes

4d           Onset of genius in last cave man (6)
{FINGAL} – put G (onset of Genius) inside a word meaning last to get the mythological occupant of a famous cave

5d           I printed characters bold (8)
{INTREPID} – an anagram, weakly indicated by characters, of I PRINTED gives a word meaning bold or daring

6d           There’s on-and-off support (3)
{TEE} – the alternate letters (on-and-off) of there give a support for a golf ball

7d           Record in the past — ‘Get Back’ (7)
{RECOVER} – a charade of the abbreviation for REC(ord) and a word meaning in the past give a synonym for to get back

8d           Stand tight in case Jacob’s brother is caught dressing (9,5)
{BÉARNAISE SAUCE} – combine a word meaning to stand or tolerate with an anagram (tight / drunk) of IN CASE and then insert (is caught) Jacob’s hairy brother to get a sauce made from egg yolks, butter, shallots, tarragon, chervil and wine vinegar

13d         Road safety feature sees through journey (6,5)
{RUMBLE STRIP} – one of a set of rough-textured areas set into a road surface to warn drivers (by tyre noise) of a hazard ahead, if split (7,4) could be sees through, or discovers the truth about, and a journey

16d         Challenge of French intended (8)
{DEFIANCE} – a word meaning a challenge to combat is made up of the French for “of” followed by a lady’s intended partner

18d         Puritanical priest, rather fresh (7)
{PRUDISH} – a word meaning puritanical is constructed from P(riest) and an adjective meaning rather fresh or cheeky

20d         Obscure relative a rector (7)
{UNCLEAR} – a synonym for obscure is a charade of a male relative, A and R(ector)

21d         The man did impression over the top (6)
{HEAPED} – a charade of the male pronoun and a word meaning did an impression gives a quantity that is over the top of the receptacle – a teaspoon for instance

25d         Opening shop? (3)
{GAP} – an opening is also the name of a chain of clothes shops

Let’s hope we get a real Toughie tomorrow.  A little bird told me to expect something special!

14 comments on “Toughie 367

  1. Agreed it wasn’t a Toughie, but it was a much more interesting Cryptic to tackle than today’s easy whizz-through, however nicely RayT clued it.

  2. Not massively tough – Hardish DT for me and I was approaching it in dribs and drabs. Perfectly enjoyable puzzle so thanks to the setter. Enjoyed plenty – 1d probably favourite for the surface reading.
    I wasn’t aware of hep = hip so thanks to BD for the review!

    1. From Chambers:

      Hep – adjective
      Knowing, informed or well abreast of fashionable knowledge and taste, esp in the field of jazz

      It was quite common back on the fifties / sixties.

      1. … apparently my Hotlips was a ‘Hep Cat’ on the Jazz scene at the Flamingo in the sixties!!(Mind boggles!) Didn’t know the word myself, tho’!
        Once we got 1a and 1d we were up and running! Thanks to you BD and Messinae for an enjoyable puzzle!

  3. Enjoyable crossword just not “toughie standard” Only old so and sos like thee and me would remember “hep” BD.

  4. Took a while to get going, but once a couple of the 14-letter answers were solved the rest fell into place quite nicely. 1d, 4d and 16d appealed most, with smooth clue-ing.

  5. Did I miss something – how do you get hurt playing bridge? Apart from getting slammed!

  6. I agree that this was not the most taxing of Toughies but it was a gentle introduction to the Toughie week. Many thanks to Messinae and to BD for the notes.

  7. Man alive, even i did this. Can’t see the diff. between this and the std. cryptic? The setter uses the same tools with which to deceive just the vocab. seems more grown-up. I’ll probably fail miserably on tomorrow’s toughie and that’ll be me put in my place…

  8. Easy to get hurt playing bridge – just partner my wife and get it wrong!!!!
    The puzzle can’t have been that tough as the mem sahib and I completed it without help – not usual for a toughie – but we did enjoy it.
    Thanks for the blog BD even if we didn’t need it, a different story tomorrow no doubt!

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