Toughie No 2783 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Thanks to Beam for what I thought was a slightly easier than usual Toughie.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Match with oddly cool interior, it’s said (8)
COINCIDE: the odd letters of ‘cool’ and what sounds like a synonym of interior.
5a Beginning to seem bothered? (6)
SCARED: the first letter of ‘seem’ and a verb meaning bothered or minded.
9a Bad case of wind gripping one (8)
MISTRIAL: the name of a wind that blows through southern France contains the Roman numeral for one.
10a A tabloid rejected accepting this compiler’s hostility (6)
ANIMUS: start with A, reverse a tabloid known as the currant bun and insert “This compiler’s” from the compiler’s viewpoint.
11a Retiring extrovert? (8)
OUTGOING: double definition, retiring as in leaving office.
12a For the audience, singer produces note (6)
TENNER: a very old chestnut – a homophone of a male singer.
14a Watch part about king surrendering eastern slope (10)
ESCARPMENT: start with a mechanism in a watch or clock, then insert the abbreviation of the Latin word for king and remove the second occurrence of the abbreviation for eastern.
18a Small Conservative deceits concealing new plots (10)
STORYLINES: string together the abbreviation for small, a familiar term for Conservative and some deceits containing the abbreviation for new. Very topical.
22a Former wife’s describing skill returning accessories (6)
EXTRAS: the short word used for a former wife plus the ‘S contains the reversal of a word meaning skill or knack.
23a Balance second partner without guilt occasionally (8)
MODULATE: stitch together an informal word for a second or short time and a partner on a romantic assignation containing the even letters of ‘guilt’.
24a Unemotional team almost holding crowd back (6)
STOLID: a synonym of team without its last letter contains the reversal of a crowd or large number.
25a Stuck in part if I cement craft (8)
26a Shoots unedited film scenes (6)
RUSHES: double definition with shoots meaning ‘moves quickly’.
27a Obsession is wrong over eating French bread (8)
NEUROSIS: reverse a moral wrong and insert what’s been the French ‘bread’ for the past twenty years.
1d Appeared on very big special appearances (6)
CAMEOS: a verb meaning appeared or arrived precedes an abbreviation meaning very big.
2d Periodically witnesses test papers (6)
INSETS: regular letters from the middle two words. These papers (perhaps more familiarly known as the same word containing an R) are the annoying bumph which always seems to fall on the floor when you pick up a magazine in a shop.
3d A rifle emptied, held by criminal element (6)
CARBON: A and the outer letters of a verb to rifle or pillage are contained in an informal word for a criminal.
4d Analytical detective having some doubts (10)
DIAGNOSTIC: the abbreviation for a senior police detective and an adjective meaning having some doubts of a religious nature.
6d Scorn jailbird with time, aimless, endless (8)
CONTEMPT: start with an informal word for a jailbird (who was a criminal in 3d) and add the abbreviation for time and an adjective meaning aimless or ineffectual without its last letter.
7d Cue rest missing centre of black (8)
REMINDER: a synonym for rest or surplus without the central letter of black.
8d Unattached and tactful dropping one sweetheart (8)
DISCRETE: an adjective meaning tactful has one occurrence of the letter found at the heart of sweet dropped to the end.
13d Track access cut by account (10)
RACECOURSE: a noun meaning access contains an abbreviation for account.
15d Referee held up by crosses saved (8)
ASSESSOR: hidden in reverse.
16d Moderates fraud abuses online removing a line (8)
CONTROLS: a word for a fraud or scam and a verb meaning abuses online without one of its abbreviations for line.
17d Hedonist say, gutted with sex in nude (8)
SYBARITE: paste together ‘say’ without its guts and a synonym for nude containing an informal word for sex.
19d Comparatively feeble joke crowning current Queen (6)
PUNIER: a joke of the type we get every day in the Quickie sits atop the symbol for electric current and our Queen’s regnal cipher. Anyone else remember the old Charles Atlas adverts?
20d Young boys losing heart for young women? (6)
LADIES: a word for young boys north of the border loses its central letter. I’m not sure why ‘young’ is there but there is a question mark.
21d Depression could get you time off (6)
RECESS: a double definition to finish. The time off is, for example, what our parliamentarians call their holidays.
The clues I liked best were 9a, 8d and 17d. Which one(s) earned your plaudits?