Toughie No 2735 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***/****
We know what to expect from a Beam puzzle and it’s all here today including a bit of innuendo. Thanks to him.
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1a Supporter of something wicked? (11)
CANDLESTICK: cryptic definition. Wicked as in ‘having a wick’.
9a Shout and swear, heard getting strident (7)
RAUCOUS: stick two homophones together – the first a verb to shout (this doesn’t work at all for me because I haven’t forgotten how to pronounce the letter R) and the second a verb to swear or utter profanities.
10a Damage from rogue state (6)
IMPAIR: charade of a young rogue and a verb to state or articulate.
12a Reportedly strain to make love potion (7)
PHILTRE: this sounds like a verb to strain or 14a.
13a ‘Art house’ trailing great old film (7)
ACETATE: the name of a well-known ‘art house’ (one of four in the UK actually) follows an informal adjective meaning great.
14a Initially Sphinx is explaining very enigmatic riddle (5)
SIEVE: the initial letters of five words in the clue.
15a One sees what’s up, in the main (9)
PERISCOPE: cryptic definition – ‘in the main’ here means ‘at sea’.
17a In amphitheatre, a sure spot for prizes (9)
TREASURES: a hidden verb.
20a Snivel about Republican endorsement (5)
BLURB: a verb to snivel or weep containing the abbreviation for Republican.
22a Egg plants? (7)
OVARIES: cryptic definition of places where eggs are produced.
24a Energy supplier connected to star, perhaps (7)
REACTOR: split the answer 2,5 and it could mean ‘concerning a theatrical performer’.
25a Courage found in alcoholic container (6)
BOTTLE: double definition, the first an informal word for courage or nerve.
26a Mass or short prayer (7)
COLLECT: double definition, the first a verb to mass or come together.
27a Expert at managing men on board? (11)
GRANDMASTER: cryptic definition – see the illustration.
2d Missionary position in occasionally manlier embrace (7)
APOSTLE: a position or job is embraced by regular letters from manlier.
3d Complaint affecting setter? (9)
DISTEMPER: this setter is not human.
4d Flower one caught in important date (5)
ERICA: the Roman numeral for one and the cricket abbreviation for caught go inside a date or period of history.
5d Vessel potter’s turned round revealing bust (7)
TOPLESS: hidden in reverse.
6d Sophisticated earlier city (7)
CHICAGO: staple together an adjective meaning sophisticated or stylish and an adverb meaning earlier.
7d This could be down or across! (11)
PREPOSITION: there are twelve parts of speech – which of them is exemplified by ‘down’ or ‘across’?
8d Lying back, absorbing sun, bare (6)
SUPINE: it’s quite a coincidence to get this word after yesterday’s erudite discussion on the back-page blog. A synonym for back (as a body part) contains ‘sun’ without its outer letters.
11d Sound of Queen always with live value (11)
REVERBERATE: string together an abbreviation for queen, a synonym for always, a verb to live or exist and a verb to value.
16d Stops and stands taking second short (9)
RESTRICTS: a verb meaning stands or remains contains a second or short time without its final E.
18d Latin sweetheart upset without classy charm (7)
ENAMOUR: paste together an adjective meaning Latin and the heart of ‘sweet’ then reverse it and insert the letter that means classy.
19d Struck, firstly slapped with glove (7)
SMITTEN: the first letter of slapped and a type of glove.
20d Some relief for visually impaired? (7)
BRAILLE: cryptic definition, with relief meaning ‘standing out from the surface’.
21d Free one with sex brought up (6)
UNTIED: start with an adjective meaning one or ‘of the same mind’ and reverse the informal word for sex inside it.
23d Locomotive power line around train’s front (5)
STEAM: a line containing the front letter of train.
I have 22a, 5d and 20d on my podium. Which clue(s) hit the heights for you?