Toughie No 2679 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today we have a Beam puzzle with all his usual characteristics, except for a ‘no show’ by Her Majesty. I found it a bit less tricky with fewer debatable synonyms than we normally get from him. How about you?
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
7a Drug supplier with speed accepts abuse (8)
PHARMACY: an adjective meaning ‘with speed’ contains a synonym of abuse.
9a Church said to produce psalm (6)
CHORAL: an abbreviation for church and an adjective meaning said or spoken.
10a Doctor on morning rounds (4)
AMMO: one of the abbreviation for a doctor follows the abbreviation for morning.
11a Vow prisoner’s facing time finally before case (10)
CONSECRATE: stitch together one of our usual prisoners plus the ‘S, the final letter of time and a packing case.
12a Bird little upset being eaten by quarry? (6)
PEEWIT: reverse an adjective meaning little inside a quarry or deep hole.
14a Best ran generally around getting divorce (8)
ESTRANGE: our first hidden word.
15a Turning wrong way wears razor sharpeners (6)
STROPS: reverse a verb meaning wears.
17a Pampered and upset without love (6)
SPOILT: a verb meaning upset or knocked over containing the letter resembling love or zero.
20a Deck hands in old Royal Navy attending (8)
ORNAMENT: insert a word for hands or workers into abbreviations for old and Royal Navy and a preposition meaning attending. Deck here is a verb.
22a Land round hard, hard area (6)
GHETTO: a phrasal verb (3,2) meaning to land or arrive contains the pencil abbreviation for hard.
23a It’s hot on Haiti, maybe causing stress (10)
INTONATION: charade of a preposition meaning ‘hot on’ or ‘taking a keen interest in’ and what Haiti is an example of.
24a Solitary working lavatory’s vacant (4)
ONLY: an adverb meaning working or functioning and the outer letters of lavatory.
25a Get impulse to embrace sweetheart (6)
DERIVE: a synonym for impulse or urge containing the heart of sweet.
26a President raves, typically about mockery (8)
TRAVESTY: our second hidden word.
1d Bubbly Conservative bridles (8)
CHAMPERS: an abbreviation for Conservative followed by a verb meaning bridles or curbs.
2d For this reason monster arises (4)
ERGO: reverse a monster.
3d Maybe almost supernatural charm or talisman initially (6)
MASCOT: initial letters of six words in the clue.
4d Arrest nabbing mob showing bottle? (8)
SCREWTOP: a verb to arrest or halt contains a mob or gang.
5d Explore excavation obtaining a large gem (10)
TOURMALINE: assemble a verb to explore or travel round and an excavation then insert A and the clothing abbreviation for large. The answer is a brittle mineral used as a semi-precious stone.
6d Occasionally Real get large crowd (6)
RAGTAG: odd letters from three words in the clue.
8d Bet from jerk never missing odds (6)
YANKEE: this is a combination bet on four horses in different races. A verb to jerk is followed by the even letters of never.
13d Labour fanatic? (10)
WORKAHOLIC: a gentle cryptic definition.
16d A criminal flipped, ruddy willing! (8)
PREPARED: reverse A and an informal word for a criminal (which will be very familiar to those who watch US cop shows) and append an adjective meaning ruddy.
18d All of dram drunk inside, yes? (8)
TOTALITY: start with a dram or shot of strong drink and add a term meaning drunk inside one of the spellings of a word meaning yes.
19d Close second, second short on time (6)
STRICT: glue together the abbreviation for second, a second or short period of time without its final E and the abbreviation for time.
21d Perform Shylock perhaps, right to take pound (6)
RENDER: what Shylock was an example of with the abbreviation for right replacing the abbreviation for a pound sterling.
22d Alarm after game’s first shooter (6)
GUNMAN: a verb to alarm or cause someone to lose their nerve follows the first letter of game.
24d Finished float losing hydrogen (4)
OVER: a verb to float (like a hummingbird, say) without the chemical symbol for hydrogen.
I’ve got 10a, 23a and 25a on my podium. Which clue(s) appealed to you?