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Toughie 1930

Toughie No 1930 by Beam

Hints and tips by Bufo

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

A typical Beam puzzle with all the usual trademarks. The left went in more quickly than the right but there was very little head-scratching

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1a    Church fine accepting island bishop’s single state (8)
CELIBACY: The Church of England + ‘fine (like a delicate fabric)’round I (island) and B (bishop)

5a    It might fetch stick gripping one thrown finally (6)
CANINE: An animal that might fetch a stick thrown for it = a stick round I 9one) and N (last letter of THROWN)

9a    Perhaps fix racket of gang chasing others (8)
RESTRING: ‘To repair a tennis racket’ = ‘others’ + a gang

10a    Wilts, doubling over in tears (6)
DROOPS: Take a 5-letter word for tears (small quantities of liquid) and replace O (over) by OO (i.e. you double the over)

12a    A sense about compiler’s refusal to turn faceless (9)
ANONYMOUS: A + common sense round a reversal of ‘belonging to the compiler’ and a refusal = faceless (with unknown identity)

13a    Confederate’s end in battle, Yankee’s beat (5)
WEARY: E (last letter of CONFEDERATE) inside battle + Y (Yankee) = beat (tired)

14a    Border surrounded Germany, partly (4)

16a    Traitor occasionally cut short troublemakers (7)
RIOTERS: Alternate letters of TRAITOR + ‘short’ with the last letter removed

19a    Appeal discredits scrapping women’s beachwear (7)
SARONGS: Sex appeal + ‘discredits’ with the letter W (women) removed = Malay garments often adapted by women for beachwear

21a    Does old party triumph after clear-out? (4)
DOTH: A party + the first and last letters of TRIUMPH

24a    Temper letter consumed by anger (5)
INURE: ‘To temper’ = a Greek letter inside ‘anger’

25a    Liberal star, first to last, playful (9)
UNSELFISH: Our nearest star with the first letter moved to the end + ‘playful’ or ‘mischievous’

27a    Sharp answer by detectives in charge (6)
ACIDIC: A (answer) + detectives + ‘in charge’

28a    Scoundrel embracing old politician about to get intimate … (8)
COMPADRE: A scoundrel (3) round O (old) and a politician (2) + ‘about’ (2) = an intimate male friend or companion

29a    … reportedly ousted from power (6)
THRONE: A homophone of ‘ousted from’

30a    Gallant nobleman kept in iron shackles, gutted (8)
FEARLESS: A nobleman inside the chemical symbol for iron + the first and last letters of SHACKLES


1d    Well with round and large openings for pen (6)
CORRAL: ‘Well!’ + first letters of Round And Large

2d    Catches girls dropping sweetheart for love (6)
LASSOS: Take a word meaning ‘girls’ and replace E (middle letter of SWEET) by O (love)

3d    Idiotic host supporting top of bill (5)
BARMY: First letter of BILL + a host (large number)

4d    Panel finding ice round poles over unlimited sea (7)
CONSOLE: A panel (with dials, switches, etc.) = ‘to ice’ round N and S (poles) + the middle letter of SEA

6d    Jumper on line inside craft plant (9)
ARROWROOT: A line and an Australian animal that jumps inside ‘craft’

7d  God-forsaken isle lifeless in ground (8)
ISOLATED: I (island) + ‘lifeless’ or ‘dead’ inside the ground

8d    Employed by Times, say, is Times writer (8)

11d    Understandably, someone entering rehab initially (4)
USER: The first letters of Understandably, Someone Entering Rehab

15d    Desperate man, drunk, promoted new kind of wine (9)
DANDELION: The desperate man from The Dandy comic + a reversal of ‘drunk’ + N (new) = a common plant which some people make wine from

17d    Suitor, regularly false, not holding back a tear (8)
ASPIRANT: Alternate letters of FALSE NOT round a reversal of A and ‘tear’

18d    One raking in money sailors overheard on dock (8)
CROUPIER: A homophone of a company of sailors + a dock

20d    End objections being raised (4)
STUB: A reversal of ‘objections’

21d    Settle amount, tackling rising inflationary measure (7)
DISPOSE: An amount (of a drug) round a reversal of a unit of pressure often used when inflating car tyres

22d    Fail to protect bishop, left offering rook (6)
DIDDLE: ‘To fail’ round a Doctor of Divinity and L (left) = ‘to rook’

23d    Places to cover male films (6)
SHEETS: ‘Places’ round a male personal pronoun

26d    In France the old man abruptly becomes undesirable (5)
LEPER: Remove the last letter from the French for ‘the old man’ or ‘the father’ (2,4)


30 comments on “Toughie 1930

  1. Thanks to Beam and Bufo for the enjoyment and deciphering respectively. I didn’t have too many problems until I reached the SE corner where some head-scratching was required. My favourite clue was 21a.
    Surely in 6d it should be ‘line on jumper’ rather than ‘jumper on line’ in a down clue?

  2. Pretty much as Gazza wrote above, with the SE requiring the most thought, and confusion over the wordplay in 6d.
    It took me ages to see the inflationary measure in 21d, and the bishop in 22d was not forthcoming either…

    Many thanks to Beam, and to Bufo.

  3. Took some time to find the abbreviation in 21d and before that it was 4d that was hard to parse.
    Apart from that, I found it on the easier side of Mr T.
    Thanks to Beam and to Dutch for the review.

    1. You’ve changed your email address so your comment needed moderation. Both addresses will work from now on.

      1. Hi Gazza

        My apologies for this. I’m afraid I was out of the game for a while with lurgie plus, and in the intervening period I’ve lost access to the name of that email account. ‘Freddy’ is my wife, btw! If you have that email address stored away, would you be able to send it to Freddy?

          1. I’ve attempted to send a message to both your current and previous email addresses and both have been rejected.

  4. How nice to at least get a Mr T in the shape of today’s Toughie. If you pop in later, Mr T, could you let us know whether it’s going to be a permanent feature for you to only set the back-pager once a month? That would be so sad, but at least it would stop many of us being so downcast when you don’t make your expected appearances.

    Gave myself a problem by trying to get a breed of dog to fit into 5a and – having been slow to get 7d – was missing a vital checker.
    Liked 21a – always puts me in mind of Lewis Carroll’s rhyme about the little crocodile – and also ticked 9&28a plus 26d.

    Devotions to Mr T and many thanks to Bufo for the blog.

  5. An enjoyable solve over a late pub lunch. They obviously had the B-team chef in because the main course wasn’t great . We weren’t alone in saying so so we finished up not paying for it! However, the crossword was clearly A-team material and we did pay for it (in anguish). 4* / 4* sums it up for us.

    21a was our COTD with the inflationary measure tormenting us for much longer than it should have.

    Thans to Beam and Bufo (oh, a B-team).

  6. Lovely stuff, very engaging and satisfying.
    6d – I think in this instance the ‘on’ is not to be taken literally as is often the case, ‘on’ as in ‘appended to’ perhaps? 21a is my pick too.

    Thanks to Beam and to Bufo.

  7. It feels like ages since I’ve done a RayT back page cryptic or a Beam Toughie but withdrawal symptoms are now sorted.
    From the comments so far it sounds as if I found this a bit trickier than others.
    15d was my last answer and 17d and 24a weren’t that much ahead of it.
    I always forget the ‘appeal’ in 19a which is just silly.
    I’m not even going to try to pick out any particular clues.
    With thanks to Beam and to Bufo.

    I’m going to have a rant now and it’s nothing to do with the crossword but it’s to do with 5a. I know it’s not quite the point of the clue but no-one should ever throw a stick for a 5a. I nearly killed my sister’s Collie doing precisely that and I mean I really nearly killed her. It’s a common injury and the ones most at risk are the fast movers – Collies, German Shepherd crosses and Lurchers.
    Sorry – rant over – it’s my mission in life to stop people doing it.

    1. I agree wholeheartedly with your rant. I always throw a tennis ball, much better and won’t hurt your best friend.

  8. Enjoyed this, agree with others that the SE mini-puzzle needed the most thought.

    I enjoyed the penny drop moment for the rising inflationary measure, that was my last one in and favourite

    I somehow ended up with fiddle for 22d

    Many thanks beam and bufo

  9. Like JL I found this at the gentler end of the Beam spectrum. It gave me less trouble than yesterday’s (and the use of the singular there shows that I didn’t want to share it!). All very encouraging, as I used to have real trouble with Beam Toughies.

    Good fun all the way through, and I’m not going to spoil it now by setting myself the task of picking a favourite.

    Thanks to Beam and Bufo.

  10. Lots of doodles in our margins, a sure sign that much head-scratching was taking place. The SE corner caused most of the problems but 17d also put up quite a fight. Plenty to enjoy as usual and the word count spot on too.
    Thanks Beam and Bufo.

  11. Nice to see RayT back after what seems ages. Lovely puzzle as usual with a toss-up between 21a and 17d for clue of the day.

  12. Evening all. Many thanks to Bufo for the review and to all for your comments. See you next Thursday…


  13. Had a great time with this but needed hints for three clues. I liked several clues – 6d, 1a, 1ud and though I did not get it I thought 21d was very clever.

  14. We really enjoyed this. It was difficult enough that we needed plenty of teamwork to get there. But not too difficult that we couldn’t get there.
    Thanks Beam and Bufo.
    G: good beer, good company, very good crossword and a chip supper to come… 😊

  15. I agree word for word with Gazza’s comments. I was able to complete most of this sporadically while travelling to and from Twickenham, but I wasn’t able to finish the final few in the SE corner until I got home.

    Many thanks to Beam for a very enjoyable puzzle and to Bufo.

  16. As an avid RayT fan I really enjoyed this, but I did need one or two of Bufo’s hints and a couple of peeps at an answer or two. As with the back page cryptic I found the north-east corner the most troublesome, but got there eventually. Lots to like today, especially 25a and 15d just to name a couple. The lurker in 8d was quite brilliant I thought. Thanks Ray and Bufo.

  17. I do so enjoy the occasional “Beamer”! ***/**** by my reckoning, and 15d very much to my taste (not the wine, the clue). Many thanks to Ray T and Bufo.

    1. Hi,
      You can always refer to the FAQ at the top of the screen.
      There’s a list of the setters.
      RayT is Mr Tyrrell and his other alias is Beam.

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