Toughie 2258

Toughie No 2258 by Zandio

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***/****Enjoyment ***

This is the first Zandio puzzle I’ve had the pleasure of blogging. The right-hand side went in easily enough but I struggled in SW.

Definitions are underlined. The hints are intended to help you unravel the wordplay. You can reveal the answers by double-clicking or swiping the space between the curly brackets {not yet!}. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.


1a Rough clubs like strong-flavoured alcohol (6)
{CHOPPY}: The cards abbreviation for clubs plus an adjective describing strong-flavoured beer

4a Cockney’s unexciting, simple … (2-6)
{NO-FRILLS}: A (2-7) expression for unexciting, but with the ‘th’ pronounced Cockney-fashion

10a … pork-pie maybe gives satisfaction (3,3,3)
{TIT FOR TAT}: Cockney rhyming slang (as indicated by the ellipses) for something exemplified by a pork pie

11a Social climber brings back unusual article from Spain (5)
{LEMUR}: Reversal (brings back) of a word meaning unusual or odd and the Spanish definite article

12a Being looked up to by others (7)
{GIRAFFE}: A cryptic definition of an animal (yes, that kind of being)

13a Criminal’s piercing cry when driving, banned (7)
{FOREBADE}: An adjective meaning criminal goes inside (piercing) a warning cry when driving as in playing golf

14a Frost said something read (5)
{RHYME}: A homophone (said) of a word meaning frost

15a Sticking together with the man breaking up company racket, shortly to retire (8)
{COHESION}: A masculine pronoun goes in between (breaking up) the abbreviation for company and the reversal (to retire) of a 5-letter word for racket or din without the last letter (shortly)

18a Drought as school subject? In retrospect, aim to get dope about that (8)
{ARIDNESS}: The abbreviation for a religious school subject plus the reversal (in retrospect) of a word meaning aim are surrounded by (to get … about that) a word meaning dope or idiot

20a Mug incorporates motto I’d invented, contrarily? On the contrary (5)
{IDIOT}: Hidden (… incorporates). ‘On the contrary’ suggests that instead, ‘motto I’d invented’ incorporates ‘mug’

23a Good beer this person’s spilled over old girl’s uniform (3,4)
{GYM SLIP}: The abbreviation for good, then the reversal of a type of lager and a possessive pronoun meaning this person’s

25a One aged fifty, in taking too many pills, gets disturbed rest (7)
{OLDSTER}: The Roman numeral for fifty goes inside (in) the abbreviation for taking too many pills plus an anagram (disturbed) of REST

26a Cut by point of knife, one bloodied makes wound up (5)
{IRKED}: The first letter (point) of knife goes into (cut by) the Roman numeral one plus the colour corresponding to bloodied.

27a Appropriateness of English verb seized upon by sacked cleaner (9)
{RELEVANCE}: The abbreviations for English and verb go inside (seized upon by) an anagram (sacked) of CLEANER

28a Takes care of survey — memory’s required (5,3)
{MIND’S EYE}: A 5-letter verb meaning takes care plus a verb meaning to survey or examine

29a Instructions by which privates will be constrained (6)
{BRIEFS}: Two meanings


1d Kind of parable in which tiger perhaps drives all away (8)
{CATEGORY}: An 8-letter parable in which ALL from the clue is replaced by (drives away) a type of animal exemplified by a tiger

2d Postholder‘s inaccurate figures perhaps shown up by actuary’s conclusion (3-4)
{OUT-TRAY}: a word meaning inaccurate or in error, a reversal (shown up) of figures or drawings perhaps and the last letter (conclusion) of actuary

3d In report, insurance company released correct text (9)
{PROOFREAD}: A homophone (in report) of both a shortened familiar form of an insurance company plus a word meaning released

5d Striking astronauts fired here (3,2,4,5)
{OUT OF THIS WORLD}: Generic direction where astronauts may be sent

6d Governor‘s measure applied in school? (5)
{RULER}: Two meanings

7d A gumboil requiring treatment, I must avoid pain (7)
{LUMBAGO}: An anagram (requiring treatment) of A GUMBO(i)L avoiding the I

8d Something loose on hillside attended by northern vet (6)
{SCREEN}: Loose stone on a hillside plus the abbreviation for northern

9d Keep fitter? Do — it gives poorly folk a pick-up (9,5)
{STRETCHER PARTY}: An exercise that might be a keep fitter plus a do or social function

16d Aqueous kind, I’ve rage to submerge (4-5)
{SKIN DIVER}: An all-in-one hidden (… to submerge)

17d Banquet’s beginning with exotic taster — butterscotch at heart (8)
{STARTERS}: An anagram (exotic) of TASTER plus the central letter (at heart) of butterscotch

19d Something to eat from barbecue’s ending with stock jam topping (7)
{RAMEKIN}: The last letter (ending) of barbecue plus a word for stock or family, and a verb meaning jam or cram at the front (topping)

21d Concentrated, as the decimal system is initially easy to follow (7)
{INTENSE}: A (2,4) description of the decimal system followed by the first letter (initially) of easy

22d Resentment of the more experienced English is evident in meeting (6)
{AGEISM}: The abbreviation for English plus IS from the clue go inside (evident in) the abbreviation for an annual meeting

24d Extremely uplifting wearing cap — swimmers like them (5)
{LIDOS}: The reversal (uplifting) of a 2-letter word meaning extremely supports (wearing) another word for cap or cover

My favourite was 12a, though I also enjoyed 29a. Which clues did you like?


One Reply to “Toughie 2258”

  1. Woah, that was hard! A couple of days after completing a Toughie unaided for only the second time ever, on the first pass of this one I got … precisely nothing.

    Thank you so much for all the hints and explanations. For 17d, I think it should be “the two central letters of butterscotch”.

    29a was my favourite.

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