Toughie No 2799 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
I thought that this was on the easier side for a Beam Toughie but it still required some thought to understand how some of the stretched synonyms worked. There are some good laughs in it. Many thanks to Mr T.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Huge bird with a catch losing tail (7)
TITANIC: string together a small bird, A and an informal verb to catch or arrest without its last letter.
5a Cult’s keeping empty religiose confidences (7)
SECRETS: a synonym of cult plus it’s S containing the outer letters of religiose.
9a Here French spit showing hostility … (7)
ICINESS: charade of the French word for ‘here’ and a spit or narrow piece of land projecting into the sea.
10a … the French, less than clean (7)
LAUNDER: one of the French definite articles and a preposition meaning ‘less than’.
11a Record single stays without grand arrangement (9)
LOGISTICS: assemble an official record, the Roman number one and a verb meaning stays without one of the abbreviations for a thousand.
12a Paroxysm from cast for the audience (5)
THROE: this sounds like a verb to cast or chuck.
13a Brush rubbish holding broom? (5)
SHRUB: hidden in the clue.
15a Redress sound blokes wearing a suit finally (9)
ATONEMENT: a musical sound and a synonym for blokes go inside A and the final letter of suit.
17a Oddly raid vessel captured by fellow warship (9)
PRIVATEER: the odd letters of ‘raid’ and a vessel for holding liquid are inserted into a noun meaning fellow or equal.
19a Cool beer, half cut after drink (5)
SUPER: half of the word ‘beer’ follows a verb to drink.
22a Rows, what’s heard before bedtime, we hear? (5)
TIERS: what sounds like the things coming before bedtime in a phrase warning of problems in store.
23a Made water flow on small flower (9)
SPEEDWELL: a verb meaning ‘made water’ or micturated and a verb to flow or gush follow the clothing abbreviation for small.
25a Stupidly see following current old lady (7)
INANELY: a see in Cambridgeshire follows the symbol for electric current and an affectionate term for an elderly female relative.
26a Foxy sweetheart rejected hunger (7)
VULPINE: reverse an informal term of address akin to sweetheart and add a verb to hunger or yearn.
27a Stand facing almost compact rocks (7)
TEETERS: rivet together a stand or support for golfers’ balls and an adjective meaning compact or brief without its final letter.
28a In retrospect, reached for spirit (7)
SPECTRE: hidden in the clue.
1d Touches muzzle of tommy guns (7)
TRIFLES: the muzzle or front bit of tommy precedes types of gun.
2d Time one fitting sails set off (7)
TRIGGER: the abbreviation for time and a person who fits sails.
3d Tatty accompaniment for Scot? (5)
NEEPS: what the Scots eat with their tatties.
4d Actors with one take displaying discipline (9)
CASTIGATE: glue together a word for the actors in a production, the Roman one and the take or revenue from those attending a sports event.
5d Deals with drink on board (5)
SALES: an alcoholic drink goes between the letters of our usual steamship.
6d Legion lacking military commander? (9)
COUNTLESS: split the answer 5,4 and it could mean lacking a nobleman. A nobleman could, in some cases, be a military commander I suppose – hence the question mark.
7d Support scrap over nag in EastEnders (7)
ENDORSE: a scrap or remnant followed by how an East Ender might pronounce a nag.
8d Treacherous person finished protecting Queen (7)
SERPENT: an adjective meaning finished or exhausted contains our Queen’s regnal cipher.
14d Insolence that is about supporter (9)
BRASSIERE: fit together an informal word for insolence, the abbreviation for ‘that is’ and a preposition meaning about.
16d Uncovered dish with brownies for us (9)
OURSELVES: remove the outer letters from a dish or part of a meal and add what brownies are in folklore.
17d On insurgence beat up nationalist (7)
PATRIOT: prior to an insurgence or violent disturbance reverse a verb to beat gently.
18d Furious about gutted tortoise getting run over (7)
ITERATE: a synonym of furious contains the outer letters of tortoise.
20d Augur rose within ancient person (7)
PREDICT: a colour like rose or light crimson goes inside a person living in northern Scotland during Roman times.
21d Free experience, again embracing sweetheart (7)
RELIEVE: a verb to experience again contains the heart of sweet.
23d Swellings troubling your eyes, say, initially (5)
STYES: initial letters of words in the clue.
24d Sweet state payment involving Conservative (5)
DOLCE: unemployment payment includes an abbreviation for Conservative.
The clues I liked best were 9/10a (Beam being rude about the folk of his adopted country?), 16d and 18d. Which one(s) made you titter?