Toughie No 2925 by Gila
Hints and tips by StephenL
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
Hello everyone from a lovely early Autumn day here on the South Devon coast.
Tuesday rolls around again and we have a very enjoyable and clever puzzle from Gila to kick off the Toughie week. A couple of new words in there but the wordplay was very clear and helpful.
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1a Attempted to reserve quiet hotel, after a little hesitation, and succeeded (9)
TRIUMPHED: Place a synonym of attempted around (to reserve) a 2-letter exclamation indicating hesitation, the usual musical abbreviation to play quietly and the abbreviation for Hotel.
6a Stay, mainly to case the back of gin joint (4)
KNEE: A word meaning stay in the sense of remain loses its final letter and is placed around (to case) the final letter of giN.
10a Graduates working for a famous lawyer (5)
MASON: The abbreviation for some (high level) graduates and a 2-letter adverb meaning working.
11a Those queuing up to get hold of current flash American automobile (9)
LIMOUSINE: Took me a while to see how this was constructed. Start with what is formed by those queueing up (very topical). Insert the abbreviation for electric current, a 2-letter abbreviation for a short time (flash) and one of the abbreviations for American
12a Writer regularly sneers about writers (7)
SPENSER: Place regular or alternate letters of SnEeRs around some writing implements
13a View from the middle seems quite exciting (7)
EYESHOT: Start with the middle letter of seEms. Add a synonym of quite as an affirmative and an adjective meaning exiting or thrilling.
14a Taste using a plastic pipette (8)
APPETITE: A from the clue and an anagram (plastic) of PIPETTE.
16a Puddles of water around boat (5)
SLOOP: Reverse (around) some small areas of water.
19a Fruit and veg given to companion (5)
PEACH: Start with a humble green vegetable and add the abbreviation for a Companion of Honour.
21a Dish mostly said to be rustic (8)
PASTORAL: A staple dish loses its last letter (mostly) and is followed by a synonym of said or spoken.
24a Humourless manipulation accepted by ship’s mates (7)
SPOUSES: A 2-letter word that (when placed before faced for example) can mean humourless plus a simple synonym of manipulation are “accepted” by crosswordland’s staple ship.
25a Two vehicles filled with a company of people (7)
CARAVAN: Two vehicles are split by A from the clue.
27a Condemn nasty creep in court (9)
DEPRECATE: Insert an anagram (nasty) of creep into a synonym of court in the sense of “take out” or woo.
28a Order employing sarcasm right away (5)
IONIC: Remove the abbreviation for Right from a synonym of sarcastic or caustic (employing sarcasm)
29a Most of land next to river is sparse (4)
RARE: Another letter removal, this time the final letter of some land. Append the result to the abbreviation for River.
30a Flashy display from gutted sommeliers introducing house whites? (9)
SHOWINESS: Place the outside (gutted) letters of SommelierS around (introducing) the abbreviation for HOuse and some drinks of which white is an example.
1d By initially trailing a politician, one tracks when events occur (9)
TIMESTAMP: Start with a synonym of by in a mathematical sense, add the initial letter of Trailing, A from the clue and our usual 2-letter Member of Parliament.
2d Take legal steps to support one’s children (5)
ISSUE: A synonym of prosecute (take legal action) “supports” or goes below the letter that looks like the number one plus the possessive S
3d Be bothered by rigid attitude (7)
MINDSET: Synonyms of “be bothered by” or care and rigid or inflexible.
4d Woman (or man) drinks vermouth for fun (8)
HILARITY: A female or male Christian name goes around (drinks) an informal name for vermouth (as in gin&it)
5d Type of bread containing more moisture (6)
DAMPER: Double definition, one a type of soda bread, the other a comparative adjective.
7d Be rough in freaking out somebody close to you (9)
NEIGHBOUR: Anagram (freaking out) of the preceding three words.
8d Leave without scarf (5)
EXEAT: The usual preposition meaning without plus scarf as a verb.
9d Force don to tour university (6)
DURESS: Don here is a verb and we need to place it around (to tour) the abbreviation for University
15d It’s hard to see past this presenter’s first great broadcast (3-6)
PEA-SOUPER: Two homophones (broadcast) required here. The first is of how you would say the initial letter of Presenter, the second a synonym of great or fantastic.
17d Small marks covering single items of clothing (4,5)
POLO NECK: A small mark or spot goes around (again!) a synonym of single.
18d Come and hang out for Spanish food (8)
MANCHEGO: Anagram (out) of COME and HANG.
20d Moderate leader shed tear (6)
HASTEN: A synonym of moderate in the sense of subdue loses its first letter (leader shed). My last one in and a well disguised definition. My COTD.
22d They’re oddly compact in size for transport hubs (7)
TERMINI: Alternate letters of ThEyR plus a prefix meaning small or compact in size.
23d Hollywood stars covet these huge SUVs? (6)
OSCARS: Some annual (I think) awards given to self-important luvvies. If you split the solution 2,4 you’ll see the wordplay.
24d Extremely sinkable claret served up for a celebratory meal (5)
SEDER: The outside letters (extremely) of SinkablE plus a reversal (served up) of the colour or type of wine of which claret is an example.
26d Way to snub a rendezvous (5)
VENUE: Remove (to snub) A from a tree-lined way or road.
Thanks Gila. My winners were 13a plus 15&20d. Which did you like?