TOUGHIE 2869 by Robyn
HINTS AND TIPS BY STEPHEN L.
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone from a gloriously sunny South Devon coast.
Today it’s Robyn’s turn to put us through our Toughie paces. Another gem from one of my favourite setters.
Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a. Swallow’s plumage
DOWN: Double definition, one a verb, one a noun
3a. Made no blunders engaging chief for dot.com, perhaps? (6,4)
DOMAIN NAME: Anagram (blunders) of MADE NO incorporating a synonym of chief or most important
9a. Cream is a non-starter for dieters (4)
LITE: Remove the initial letter (non starter) from a synonym of cream in the sense of best
10a. Italian‘s decent housing cheap to lease, not wide (10)
FLORENTINE: A synonym of decent goes around (housing) a phrase (3-4) which describes something that is “cheap to lease”. Remove the abbreviation for Wide from the phrase
11a. Dish far from well done, something boring (7)
RAREBIT: A charade of how you would describe meat cooked lightly and a tool used for boring
13a. Short film without a rough cut shows way to get over depression (7)
VIADUCT: Place three of the five letters of a film, or an informal word for a short film around (without) A from the clue. Add an anagram of CUT
14a. Proposition of what Volkswagen factory may do (4,1,4,2)
MAKE A PASS AT: Split the solution 4-1-6 and you will see the wordplay. The six letter word is a rather nice VW model. A real smiler
18a. Working on tiny desk with mathematical base for calculus (6,5)
KIDNEY STONE: Anagram (working) of the following three words incorporating a mathematical base
21a. Jesus’s words, say, in article member of flock spies written the wrong way (7)
ARAMAIC: Start with an indefinite article, add a member of a flock in a non human sense and a reversal of some spies
22a. Dread donning grandpa’s coat hood in the US (7)
GANGSTA: Place a synonym of dread inside (donning) the outside letters (coat) of GrandpA
23a Hackneyed complaint of the rear reserves (10)
STOCKPILES: A synonym of hackneyed or commonplace is followed by a somewhat embarrassing medical complaint affecting one’s rear
24a. Philosopher mostly grand for the French (4)
MILL: This early 19th century philosopher (no me neither) is obtained by removing the final letter (mostly) of the French word for a thousand (grand)
25a. Eg, Napoleon’s country getting king in essence (10)
STRATEGIST: Insert the Latin abbreviation for a king into a synonym of country and follow it with a word meaning the essence or substance of something.
26a. Getting on with cut from pay day (4)
AGED: Start with a synonym of pay as a noun. Remove its first letter. Add the abbreviation for Day
1d. Dumps 500 crude containers, after dumping one (8)
DOLDRUMS: Start with the Roman numeral for 500. Add some crude (in the sense of “black gold”) containers. Remove the letter that represents one
2d. Do some skimming? Leader of workers took terrible risk (5-3)
WATERSKI: The initial letter of Workers is followed by a synonym of took in the sense of ingested and an anagram (terrible) of risk.
4d. Old wimp punched by student in hooter (5)
OWLET: The abbreviation for Old is followed by a synonym of wimp into which the abbreviation for a Learner (student) is inserted
5d. Climber‘s current view leaving area in rare ground (9)
ARRIVISTE: Start with the abbreviation for the measurement of electrical current. Add a view without the abbreviation for Area. Insert the result into an anagram (ground) of RARE.
6d. Detached note, playing piano, by one with manual skill (3-8)
NON PARTISAN: Follow the abbreviation for Note with a preposition that could mean playing. Add the abbreviation for Piano and a skilled manual worker.
7d. Dressed in a flipping rag, setter’s bad feeling (6)
ANIMUS: Start with A from the clue, add a reversal of a down-market tabloid (rag) into which is inserted an abbreviated form of I AM (the setter’s)
8d. Returns well and gets evenly around court (6)
ELECTS: The even letters of wElL plus the even letters of gEtS around the abbreviation for CourT
12d.Deplorable traffic is blot on centre of Exeter (5,6)
BLACK MARKET: A blot or a smudge is followed by (on in a down clue) the centre letters of ExETer. (Lovely Devon city by the way)
15d. Illegally taking advanced search tool across Channel (9)
ABDUCTING: Start with the abbreviation for Advanced. Add a search engine (not Google!) and place it around a channel
16d. Promoting what those who dislike The Police may do (8)
BOOSTING: Split the solution 3-5 and think of The Police in a musical sense rather than those who seem to do anything but arrest criminals. LOL clue
17d. Flogged dogged soldiers assigned to the front (8)
RETAILED: Dogged here is a whimsical reference to the appendage on the rear of a dog. It’s preceded by (assigned to the front) some of crosswordland’s favourite soldiers. Another great clue.
19d Something saucy succeeded in dances (6)
SALSAS: Add the abbreviation for Succeeded to a tangy side dish.
20d. Spray Veronica’s skin with rain (6)
VAPOUR: Follow the outside letters (skin) of VeronicA with a synonym of rain as a verb
22d. Suspect clientele in Ritz, say, wanting tango (5)
GUESS: Remove the letter that Tango represents in the phonetic alphabet from some patrons of the Ritz… or any other hotel.
Great stuff Robyn. In a strong field I’ve chosen to highlight 14,22&23a plus 6,16&17d. Which ones did you like?