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Toughie 1059

Toughie No 1059 by Beam

An Anagram-Free Zone

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

No anagrams today but an awful lot of clues requiring us to cut out or add in single characters. I didn’t think that this was one of Beam’s more inspired puzzles – it seemed to lack much of his usual tongue-in-cheek humour.

Do let us know how you got on and please take the time to rate the puzzle for enjoyment using the star system below.

Across Clues

1a  Travellers in shire not socially acceptable for debate (11)
{CONTROVERSY} – insert travellers in another word for shire without the letter used to mean socially acceptable.

10a  Beak admitting love for method of execution (5)
{NOOSE} – a beak or hooter with the letter resembling zero or love inside.

11a  Knight appearing with endless sound in fanfare (9)
{CHEVALIER} – insert an adjective meaning sound or legitimate without its final letter in a fanfare or display of enthusiasm.

12a  Checks old boy’s attacks, not heart (9)
{OBSTACLES} – the abbreviation for old boy plus the ‘S precede a verb meaning attacks or takes on without its central letter (not heart).

13a  European tax docked by Switzerland (5)
{DUTCH} – start with a type of tax levied on the manufacture or movement of goods and drop its last letter (docked) then add the IVR code for Switzerland.

14a  It contains discharge dropping one explosive (6)
{SEMTEX} – ‘it’ here means a bit of how’s your father. Inside that insert a verb to discharge or give out without the I (one).

16a  Passage doesn’t end pains for insides (8)
{ENTRAILS} – a passage or admission without its final letter followed by a verb meaning pains or afflicts.

18a  Incapacitated jet losing tail broke down outside (8)
{DISABLED} – the heraldic term for jet or black without its last letter has a verb meaning broke down or conked out around it.

20a  More hackneyed story in Sun, red-top (6)
{STALER} – put another word for story between S(un) and the top letter of red.

23a  Dish found over in Gujarati area (5)
{RAITA} – hidden (found … in) and reversed (over) in the clue. The definition could be the whole clue, making this a semi-all-in-one.

24a  Clumsy fine leg anticipated cut dropping either side (9)
{INELEGANT} – another hidden word, but not reversed this time.

26a  Short time passed then shot around mid-air (9)
{TRANSIENT} – T(ime) followed by a verb meaning passed or extended and another verb meaning shot or propelled containing the middle letter of (a)I(r).

27a  Sidekick to Don Quixote? (5)
{AMIGO} – … or any other Spanish-speaker.

28a  Brave passage by river, oddly stormier (11)
{VENTURESOME} – start with a passage or opening and add a river in North Yorkshire and the odd letters of stormier.

Down Clues

2d  Gongs comprising orchestra leader’s instruments (5)
{OBOES} – these gongs are awards and they contain (comprising) the leading letter of O(rchestra).

3d  Young born, raised in field, missing origin (7)
{TEENAGE} – a word, from French, used to introduce the surname a woman was born with gets reversed (raised) inside a field or arena without its first letter (missing origin).

4d  Magic Circle obsession about confidentiality’s first (6)
{OCCULT} – start with the letter that resembles a circle and add a word for an obsession or infatuation containing the first letter of C(onfidentiality).

5d  Liturgy using plainchant? (8)
{EVENSONG} – you need to split plainchant into its two constituent words then find a synonym for each.

6d  Dress rehearsal finishes with Queen delivering ‘Scandal‘ (7)
{SLANDER} – scandal here means (courtesy of the BRB) a false imputation or malicious gossip. The finishing letters of (dres)S and (rehearsa)L are followed by a conjunction meaning with and Her Majesty’s cipher.

7d  Careless inmate’s banged up without charge (13)
{INCONSIDERATE} – the abbreviation for a prison inmate has an informal adverb meaning banged up or incarcerated put around it (without). Finally add a synonym for charge or amount to be paid.

8d  Possibly bad case of wind one’s caught (8)
{MISTRIAL} – the name given to a strong wind in the South of France has I (one) caught inside it.

9d  Running after over ends, hand out holding box? (13)
{ORCHESTRATION} – after the peripheral (end) letters of O(ve)R we want a verb to hand out or allocate, then a box or container gets inserted. The surface here is quite amusing with box having a cricketing meaning.

15d  Obscure compiler’s facing criticism by everybody, almost repeatedly (8)
{MYSTICAL} – how the compiler would describe something belonging to him is followed by an informal word for criticism and a synonym for everybody, but both these lose their final letter (almost repeatedly).

17d  Grounds sailors perhaps in rising seas (8)
{SEDIMENT} – a word for ordinary members of the armed forces (so they could be sailors) goes inside the reversal (rising) of a word used poetically to mean seas.

19d  Smiles unevenly supporting supporter’s club (7)
{BRASSIE} – this is an old-fashioned golf club. The odd (unevenly) letters of smiles follow (supporting, in a down clue) a supporting garment and the ‘S.

21d  Digital security providers? (7)
{TOECAPS} – cryptic definition of what may prevent injury to your little piggies.

22d  Roman Catholic with high position embracing English clergyman (6)
{RECTOR} – the abbreviation for Roman Catholic and a hill (high position) containing E(nglish).

25d  Saw and hatchet cut in one movement initially (5)
{AXIOM} – a hatchet without its last letter (cut) followed by the initial letters of three words in the clue.

The clues I liked best today were 23a and 7d. Which ones appealed to you?


14 comments on “Toughie 1059

  1. I thought this was one of Beam’s gentler toughies, but I did like it.
    Many thanks to him, and to Gazza for the dissection.

  2. Not the most enjoyable toughie from Beam, I found it a tad tiresome, tricky in parts but on the whole straightforward. Thanks to Beam and to Gazza for a very amusing review.

  3. I can’t remember the last time this setter used an anagram in his Toughie puzzles, so I just presume that they are anagram-free. Today’s offering was on the gentle side but still enjoyable, favourites were 7d 14a and 19d thanks to Beam and to Gazza for the review.

  4. Can anyone please explain why running is another name for orchestration? I just can’t picture a sentence.

    1. Under orchestration the Chambers Crossword Dictionary includes:
      running, management, coordination, organisation, masterminding, stage-management.

    2. Some companies used to orchestrate market prices before it was declared illegal so it doesn’t happen now. Yeah right!

  5. We really enjoyed this one. Found it quite difficult with some pretty complicated word-play to decipher. We did our usual word count to make sure the maximum of 8 words per clue was not exceeded and pleased to report that everything in order (as expected).
    Thanks RayT, we really look forward to your puzzles, and Gazza for the review.

  6. Not his best. Thanks Gazza for explaining the surface of 9d which I thought was utter gibberish. Now I see it’s just cricketing gibberish. Surely if the hand were holding the box it would be “in” rather than “out”? Or is the box not “on”? Oh never mind.

    Thanks Beam and Gazza.

    1. I don’t know if this is what Beam intended but what I pictured from this clue was a player rushing out of the pavilion between overs with his hand stretched out holding a box for one of the batsmen (who had perhaps forgotten it in his rush to get to the wicket).

      1. So player A has no box and player B has it in his outstretched hand. I’ll buy that [must get out more].

  7. I didn’t find this very easy, but I really did enjoy it. :smile: Although it took a while, I managed to do it, which always adds to the pleasure. It was actually completed at the weekend, but, I haven’t been able to visit this super blog. Woe is me! :sad:
    Belated but appreciative thanks to RayT for an entertaining crossword and to Gazza for the enlightening hints.

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