Toughie No 2767 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
As usual with Beam there were a couple of synonyms that required a bit of thought but I found this very much at the easier end of his spectrum. Apart from 11a possibly this could have appeared as a Ray T back-pager.
Many thanks to Beam.
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7a Lady in pub’s imbibing singles … (8)
BARONESS: another word for pub with its ‘S containing singles.
9a … slowly, a short drink, in trouble (6)
ADAGIO: A and an alcoholic drink without its last letter go inside a word meaning trouble or fuss.
10a Appeared oddly clammier (4)
CAME: odd letters from the final word.
11a Red imitation of drink French rejected (10)
SHAMEFACED: stick together French words for ‘of’ and a drink (which might be followed by “à la crème” or “au lait”) – now reverse that and append it to an adjective meaning imitation or fake. Did anyone else get sidetracked into trying to make it work with a caffeine-free drink?
12a Court sweetheart in empty declaration, emotionless (6)
WOODEN: a verb to court followed by the heart of sweet inside the outer letters of declaration.
14a Clothing curvy character wearing damsel’s first girdle (8)
DRESSING: the curviest of our 26 letters is spelled out inside the first letter of damsel and a verb to girdle.
15a Happen to live facing sea (6)
BETIDE: charade of a verb to live or exist and a term for the sea. The answer is a verb to happen which these days is mostly seen following ‘Woe’.
17a Spreads top of short pants (6)
STREWS: the first letter of short and a type of trousers usually made of tartan.
20a Student ran, celebrating, gaining admission (8)
22a Manservant left Queen following anyway (6)
BUTLER: the abbreviation for left and our Queen’s regnal cipher follow a conjunction meaning anyway or notwithstanding.
23a Trouble, fiery occasionally, with sex in part (10)
IRRITATION: start with regular letters from fiery then insert an informal word for sex into a part or portion.
24a White china plate’s finish (4)
PALE: what china is rhyming slang for and the last letter of plate.
25a Worship about taking till doomsday (6)
REVERE: a preposition meaning about or concerning contains an adverb meaning eternally or “till doomsday”.
26a House landlord eventually providing copious water? (8)
DWELLING: the final letter of landlord and a present participle (often followed by ‘up’) meaning providing copious water.
1d Vault from feline over a rake (8)
CATACOMB: a feline animal precedes A and a verb to rake.
2d Reportedly complete mess (4)
HOLE: homophone of an adjective meaning complete or entire.
3d Former sailor found in hold? (6)
NELSON: double definition. The hold may be full or half.
4d Underground place maybe giving topless humiliation (8)
BASEMENT: remove the top letter from a synonym of humiliation.
5d Nuisance hurt hospital department holding idiot (10)
HARASSMENT: assemble a verb to hurt or injure and our usual hospital department with an idiot being inserted.
6d Animal playing, catching tail of game bird (6)
PIGEON: a farm animal and an adverb meaning playing or ‘in production’ containing the tail letter of game.
8d Cautious swallows along with drink (6)
SHANDY: an adjective meaning cautious or reticent contains a conjunction meaning ‘along with’.
13d Dogged, check this compiler’s crossword, finally (10)
DETERMINED: string together a verb to check or stave off, a possessive pronoun identifying what belongs to the compiler and the final letter of crossword.
16d Dingy colour almost masking a fabric (8)
DUNGAREE: an adjective meaning dingy or dull is followed by a primary colour without its last letter containing A.
18d Pure clothed in chaster lingerie (8)
19d Resisted and passed on snatching iron up! (6)
DEFIED: a verb for which ‘passed on’ is a euphemism contains the reversal of the chemical symbol for iron.
21d Rising number divided by radius for bottle (6)
NERVES: the reversal of a prime number contains the abbreviation for radius.
22d Sausage could provoke British ire (6)
BANGER: an abbreviation for British and a synonym of ire.
24d Streak showing skin (4)
PELT: double definition – streak here is a verb meaning to go swiftly.
On my podium today were 11a, 3d and 24d. Which clue(s) did you select?