Toughie No 2935 by proXimal
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
This is just the sort of Toughie I like with the toughness coming from clever wordplay and deceptive definitions rather than obscurities. Many thanks to the prolific proXimal.
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1a Hit back on item at back (10)
RETALIATED: a preposition meaning on or about followed by the reversal of an item or component and AT.
6a Impressive ornate picture frames (4)
9a A Muppet with a female name (5)
ANITA: A followed by a muppet or fool and another A.
10a Account by son involved in row about coming to office (9)
ACCESSION: the abbreviation for account then the reversal of row or din into which the genealogical abbreviation for son is inserted.
12a Moving hinged brackets close to me made beastly sound (7)
NEIGHED: an anagram (moving) of HINGED contains the closing letter of ‘me’.
13a Passage this writer will read aloud (5)
AISLE: a homophone of ‘this writer will’.
15a Claimed part of body gets bitten by Welshman (7)
ALLEGED: a bodily member is contained inside a Welsh male name.
16a Plants go by craft, taken to the west (7)
DAHLIAS: join together a verb to travel on a craft and a past participle meaning taken (a meal, say) then reverse it all.
18a Pitches in Italian town cut by good person going round (7)
ASSISTS: an Italian town famous as the birthplace of St Francis loses its last letter and that’s followed by the reversal of our usual abbreviated good or holy person.
20a Cycling clubs release series of reports (7)
SPUTTER: cycle the last letter of some golf clubs to the front.
21a Brown book uncovered (5)
UMBER: remove the outer letters of an Old Testament book.
23a Relax being left in bed with space (7)
SLACKEN: insert the abbreviation for left into a slang term for a bed and append a printer’s space.
25a Enchanting place announced cost to ride antelope (9)
FAIRYLAND: a double homophone of what you pay for a ride and a type of antelope. Here’s said antelope using a zebra crossing.
26a Language in which pupil’s set first bit of homework (5)
IRISH: the bodily part in which you’ll find a pupil and the first letter of homework.
27a After refusal, detective signals assent (4)
NODS: a word of refusal and the abbreviation for a police detective.
28a Incredible mind a genius endlessly exercised (10)
UNIMAGINED: an anagram (exercised) of MIND A GENIU[s].
1d Scratch handle turned in regular train (4)
REAR: remove the reversal of a handle or ear-like projection from the word regular.
2d Instruments we hear annoy ancient settlers (9)
TRIANGLES: what sounds like a verb to annoy or tax one’s patience is followed by the Germanic folk who settled in England in the 5th century AD.
3d Metal in non-solid state on salver is deceiving (7,6)
LEADING ASTRAY: knit together a bluish-grey metal, IN, a substance which is non-solid (and not liquid) and another word for salver.
4d Disconcerted Punch journalist supporting article (7)
ABASHED: a verb to punch or thump and our usual abbreviated journalist follow one of our grammatical articles.
5d Cryptic crossword’s primarily composition to occupy target (7)
ENCODED: insert the primary letter of crossword and a lyrical composition into a target or aim.
7d Mates one put up in Hilton (5)
PAIRS: this Hilton is an American socialite about whom we’ve fortunately heard little recently. Move up the Roman numeral for one in her forename.
8d Teachers against, not for, people singing (10)
CONFESSORS: start with university teachers and replace the prefix meaning for with a word meaning against.
11d Bold laundering money for American with external support (13)
SWASHBUCKLING: the act of laundering and an informal American word for a dollar go inside a medical support.
14d Scruffy lad served up jelly and cake (10)
RAGAMUFFIN: reverse a type of jelly and add a sort of cake (which can be either bready or spongy depending on where you live).
17d Aim of busy environmentalist, saving marvels at sea (9)
INTENTION: this is one of proXimal’s favourites – a subtractive anagram. Remove the jumbled (at sea) letters of MARVELS from environmentalist and make an anagram (busy) of what you have left.
19d Slug oddly found on dirty bear (7)
SUSTAIN: the odd letters of slug followed by a verb to dirty or discolour.
20d Celebrity party hosted by Labour leader? I’m hesitant to go (7)
STARDOM: insert a festive party into the surname of the leader of the Labour party without the exclamation of hesitation.
22d Tight spot to accommodate large screen (5)
BLIND: a tight spot or difficult situation contains the clothing abbreviation for large.
24d Cat in this drop would be hurt (4)
SHED: if you insert the word ‘cat’ in this verb to drop or discard you get a verb meaning hurt or damaged.
The clues getting ticks from me were 18a, 25a, 14d and 20d. Which one(s) got 27a from you?