Toughie No 1606 by Beam
Hints and tips by Toro
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Afternoon, all. Toro here standing in for Bufo. I’m not sure I’ve done a Beam before (wot, no anagrams?!), so I’ll leave it to you regulars to compare it with his usual work, but I found it a fairly steady and certainly satisfying solve.
1a Show no respect employing bodies for strip (10)
DISPOSSESS Street slang for show no respect (to) around bodies or groups (of men gathered together by a US sheriff).
6a Kills aristocrats? Not at first (4)
OFFS Aristocrats or posh folk, minus the first letter.
9a Far-out to have insiders cycling on drugs (5)
WIRED Far-out or freaky, with the first of the inner letters cycled to the back of the queue to become the penultimate letter in the solution.
10a Outcast Foreign Office flunkey’s no ruler (9)
FOUNDLING F(oreign) O(ffice) + a junior or subordinate, minus the Queen’s initials.
12a Get hard criminal offender back taking Ecstasy (7)
CONGEAL Two slang words for a convicted criminal, the second reversed around E(cstasy).
13a Drink tea, it’s said, in previous container (5)
LATTE The letter pronounced as “tea” inside previous, sometime or erstwhile.
15a Such as snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails? (7)
PLURALS Cryptic definition of what these three nouns are examples of grammatically.
17a Tile possibly covers a small home (7)
HABITAT An item of garb of which a tile is an example goes round a (1,3) phrase meaning a little or a small amount/to a small extent. (Shouldn’t this clue read “a little home” or is there another explanation that I’ve missed?)
19a Bone in back’s reportedly senseless (7)
STERNUM Soundalike of (both) back or rear part (of a ship especially) + senseless or insensible.
21a Dish remains lavish in Italian capital, half cut (7)
RISOTTO A (2,3) way of saying remains lavish or goes overboard, inside one half of the name of the Italian capital.
22a Strangely religious, not starting to accept God (5)
ODDLY A 5-letter word for religious (not a 4-letter one as I originally read it!) minus the first letter, into which is inserted a single-letter abbreviation for God in Latin.
24a Bizarre burn-out’s curable now and then (7)
UNUSUAL Alternate letters of BURNOUTSCURABLE.
27a Ace team playing with England’s outside left (9)
ABANDONED A(ce) + a team or group + playing or performing + E(nglan)D.
28a Crop that’s good to destroy (5)
GRAZE G(ood) + to destroy, level or flatten.
29a Bird trapped in tavern escaped (4)
ERNE Hidden inside TAVERNESCAPED.
30a Youthful adult practically elderly in decline (10)
ADOLESCENT A(dult), then elderly minus last letter inside a decline or deterioration.
1d Silky hair to the ground (4)
DOWN Double definition: soft fine fair, e.g. on a child’s or woman’s face, and to the ground or onto the floor.
2d Chassis of lorry almost tons with solid exterior (9)
STRUCTURE US word for lorry minus last letter + T(ons), all inside solid or reliable.
3d Look up and study antique (5)
OLDEN Imperative meaning look or behold, reversed + a study or work area.
4d Cushions regularly needed on board ship (7)
SOFTENS Regularly or frequently inside an abbreviation for a steamship.
5d Sneak before church avoiding a crush (7)
SQUELCH A sneak or tale-teller + abbreviation for church, then delete the A.
7d Stone following dressing (5)
FLINT F(ollowing) + a dressing or type of fabric applied to a wound.
8d Bit eaten up in tortano, it’s egg usually (10)
SUGGESTION …a bit, hint or soupcon. Reversed inside TORTANOITSEGGUSUALLY.
11d Composer of the French swallows rising spleen (7)
DELIBES French for ‘of the (plural)’ around a word for spleen or anger (which comes from a different organ than the spleen!).
14d See son wearing majestic old crown (10)
EPISCOPATE …a see or bishopric. S(on) inside a word for majestic or grand, then O(ld) + crown or top of the head.
16d A mid-evening nap keeps the old getting upset (7)
ANNOYED A + (eve)N(ing) + to nap or doze around the old printed spelling of ‘the’.
18d Thrill seeing one work in gallery (9)
TITILLATE Roman numeral one + to work (land), all inside the name of an art gallery with several UK locations.
20d Regretted being cut holding vase for wife (7)
MOURNED Cut or trimmed (grass) with W(ife) replaced by a word for a vase.
21d Circle both hands, cupping over and beneath cut (7)
ROUNDEL The two hands or sides of the body going round O(ver) and a word for beneath minus the final letter.
23d Even new district’s on the up (5)
DRAWN ….as in a sporting scoreline. N(ew) + an electoral district, reversed.
25d Amateur gesture suppresses desires (5)
URGES Hidden in AMATEURGESTURE.
26d Advanced producing fast time (4)
LENT Advanced or loaned, and a time of fasting.
I liked the simple and elegant 1d.