Toughie No 2647 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
You know what you’re going to get with a Beam puzzle and all the usual components are present today although there are possibly fewer stretched synonyms than usual.
Thanks to Beam for the entertainment.
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1a A person with pins and needles? (11)
HABERDASHER: we get started with a gentle cryptic definition of a specific retailer.
9a Shock from breaker’s end in power cut … (7)
OUTRAGE: insert the last letter of breaker into a power cut.
10a … floored by tangle inside plug (6)
AMAZED: a tangle or complex arrangement goes inside an abbreviated plug or promotion.
12a Worthy sweetheart after shortly embracing yours truly (7)
SOMEONE: the ‘heart’ of sweet follows an adverb meaning shortly containing ‘yours truly’.
13a Document, it legally covers license (7)
ENTITLE: hidden in the clue.
14a Endless drag before filthy place is fit (5)
LUSTY: combine a verb to drag or carry without its last letter and a filthy place.
15a More certain about right outcome for resignation (9)
SURRENDER: a comparative meaning more certain contains the abbreviation for right and an outcome or result.
17a Notice young woman in dark, sharing male … (9)
DISMISSAL: insert the title of a young woman into an adjective meaning dark or gloomy then remove one of the duplicated abbreviations for male.
20a … exhales from occasionally briefer kiss (5)
REEKS: regular letters from the last two words. As a Scot might say to wish someone a long life “Lang may yer lum ****”.
22a Notes produced by singers for the audience (7)
TENNERS: a homophone of singers (and a really old chestnut).
24a Pilot ace through until end of war (7)
AVIATOR: string together the abbreviation in card games for an ace, a preposition meaning through, a synonym of until and the last letter of war.
25a Inducement of sex rejected in advance (6)
MOTIVE: reverse an informal word for sex inside a verb to advance or progress.
26a Queen in top ten single reversing apathy (7)
INERTIA: weld together what resembles an abbreviation meaning top or excellent, TEN and a single in Roman numerals. Now reverse that and insert an abbreviation for queen. I remember Willie Whitelaw accusing his political opponents of ‘going around stirring up apathy’.
27a Spy, possibly shirtless, faces international ‘scandal’ (11)
INVESTIGATE: collate ‘possibly shirtless’ (2,4), an abbreviation for international and the suffix that’s been attached to every scandal since the early 1970s.
2d Science of a particle with variable (7)
ANATOMY: ‘a particle’ (2,4) is followed by an algebraic variable.
3d Different son consuming regular cuppa? (9)
ELEVENSES: an adverb meaning different or otherwise and the abbreviation for son contain an adjective meaning regular.
4d Degenerate after diamonds getting bird (5)
DRAKE: a degenerate or libertine follows the abbreviation for the card suit diamonds.
5d Rock idol talked oddly (7)
STARTLE: an idol or celebrity and odd letters from ‘talked’.
6d Stood before court and ended eviscerated (7)
ERECTED: glue together a literary preposition meaning before, the street sign abbreviation for court and ‘ended’ without its innards.
7d Fuse board contains trace current rising (11)
CONSOLIDATE: the reversal of a trace or small amount and the symbol for electric current are contained in a board or control panel.
8d Impressions of male wearing gaiters pulled up (6)
STAMPS: the abbreviation for male (the one we had previously in 17a) goes inside the reversal of another word for gaiters.
11d Mundane blunder in batch overturned experiment (11)
TERRESTRIAL: a verb to blunder or transgress goes inside the reversal of a batch or group. Add an experiment.
16d Getting the next round in? (9)
RELOADING: … in a firearm.
18d Evening Standard’s first open when free (7)
SUNDOWN: assemble the first letter of standard, a verb to open and ‘when’ free of its contents.
19d Catalogue of exquisite misery (7)
ITEMISE: our second ‘hidden’ clue.
20d Wear and tear taking train (7)
RAIMENT: a tear or opening contains a verb to train a weapon or camera, say.
21d Divorce finally, say, giving grounds (6)
ESTATE: the final letter of divorce and a verb to say.
23d Spoor smell could expose new trail initially (5)
SCENT: the initial letters of five words in the clue.
My ticks went to 14a, 27a and 16d. Which one(s) appealed to you?