Toughie No 1307 by Beam
Beam me up, Scotty
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
So surprised was Bufo at finding an anagram in a Beam Toughie last month that he asked “What’s the world coming to?” Well, we’ve got a single anagram again so perhaps this is the new norm. I thought that this was a pleasant puzzle but on the easy side for a Wednesday Toughie. There did seem to be lots of clues where we had to add or subtract single letters.
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1a Feeling current bird’s sharing tips about blokes (12)
PRESENTIMENT – put together an adjective meaning current or existing and a small songbird. The same consonant ends the first and starts the second but we’re told to share tips so one of the two is for the chop. Finally, insert blokes.
9a Study missing one old head teacher (9)
GOVERNESS – a phrasal verb to study or revise (2,4) without one of the abbreviations for O(ld) is followed by a head or promontory.
10a Transport operated around Italy on time (5)
TRAIN – a verb meaning operated or managed containing the IVR code for Italy is put after (on) T(ime).
11a Set about drinking session, losing head (6)
ASSAIL – a drinking session (especially one at this time of year) without its first letter.
12a Plant with guitar oddly getting almost intense inside (8)
GARDENIA – the odd letters of guitar contain all but the last letter of an adjective meaning intense or passionate.
13a One supplying ‘Flash’ backing by Queen (6)
TRADER – a verb to flash or move rapidly is reversed (backing) and followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher.
15a Get on heartless creature, steer perhaps? (8)
BESTRIDE – a creature or animal without its central letter is followed by a verb to steer (a horse, for example).
18a Front of safe having locks keyed (8)
STRESSED – keyed here means in a state of tension. The first letter of S(afe) is followed by ‘having locks’.
19a Moves seeing bird’s not single (6)
BUDGES – the familiar name for a cage-bird plus the ‘S but without the letter used for one or a single.
21a Lordship needs cook and lackey (8)
DOMINION – a verb to cook or prepare is followed by a lackey or underling.
23a Lacking muscle nearer biceps, all stripped (6)
SCARCE – three consecutive words of the clue are all stripped of everything except their central letters.
26a Given birch roughly facing study, bent over (5)
CANED – a 2-letter abbreviation meaning roughly or approximately is followed by the reversal (bent over) of a study.
27a Awkward current sweetheart bent to grip garter top (9)
INELEGANT – string together an adverb meaning current or popular, the letter at the heart of sweet and a past participle meaning bent or inclined containing the top letter of garter.
28a Victorian old chap conversely including one’s forefather (12)
PRIMOGENITOR – an adjective meaning Victorian or prudish is followed by O(ld), a chap and a conjunction meaning conversely or on the other hand. Finally, insert the Roman numeral for one.
1d Gasp taking in bottomless clothes show (7)
PAGEANT – a verb to gasp or wheeze contains an informal word for clothes without its final R (bottomless).
2d Little people with egos, not small at first (5)
ELVES – a word for egos or personas without the first letter of S(mall).
3d Wear lines somewhat showing prematurity (9)
EARLINESS – hidden (showing) in the clue.
4d Turning round Enterprise, Kirk starts journey (4)
TREK – the starting letters of four words from the clue.
5d Faulty judgement practically accepting bet (8)
MISTAKEN – a word for judgement or mental faculties without its final letter (practically) contains a bet or sum wagered.
6d Eminent Parisian of fashionable society to be elevated (5)
NOTED – a charade of the French word for ‘of’ and a word (also of French origin) for people of fashion, with the whole lot being reversed (to be elevated).
7d Picture isn’t commonly secured by nail gun initially (8)
PAINTING – an informal way of saying “isn’t” is contained inside a verb to nail or fasten and the initial letter of gun.
8d Deranged, hospitalised, on medicine finally (6)
INSANE – hospitalised (2,3) precedes the final letter of medicine.
14d Ex’s maintenance without line for credit creates rancour (8)
ACRIMONY – start with the maintenance payment to an ex-spouse and replace the abbreviation for line with the abbreviation for credit. I’m not convinced that ‘without line for credit’ really means replace the first with the second.
16d Staff manage clubs in tough surroundings before time (9)
TRUNCHEON – a verb to manage and the abbreviation for the card suit clubs go inside the outer letters of tough. To finish we need a word for a long period of time.
17d Gratification of ‘The Don’ is murder (8)
HEDONISM – hidden (of) in the clue.
18d Allure of speed, quicker on and off (6)
SEDUCE – in the surface allure is a noun but as the definition it has to be a verb. We need just the odd letters (on and off) of speed quicker.
20d Get hot in pullover left to replace article (7)
SWELTER – a type of pullover with L(eft) replacing the indefinite article.
22d ‘King and I’ recast before providing all-time low (5)
NADIR – a single-letter abbreviation for king is preceded by an anagram (yes, really) indicated by recast of AND I.
24d Bake crumble containing cored apples (5)
ROAST – a verb to crumble or perish contains the outer letters of apples. I don’t think that ‘cored’ works here – if you core an apple you just take out the middle bit, you don’t remove everything except the skin.
25d Big hunk, in the main? (4)
BERG – gentle cryptic definition of what did for the Titanic, for example.
My top clues today were 23a, 26a and 4d. Let us know which one(s) raised a titter with you.