Toughie No 2831 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
I thought that this was on the straightforward side for a Beam Toughie with fewer than usual questions along the lines ‘how on earth does that word mean that?’. It does have Beam’s usual standards such as Queen and sweetheart as well as some amusing innuendo. Thanks to Beam.
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1a Supporter on pitch catching papers by mistake (12)
ACCIDENTALLY: a supporter or comrade follows a word meaning pitch or stress in speech with the abbreviation for papers inserted.
9a Ration is entirely too much keeping crew (9)
ALLOTMENT: start with a synonym of entirely and add an abbreviation meaning too much or excessive containing crew members.
10a Initially someone with affectionate intentions, naturally (5)
SWAIN: a ‘first letters’ clue.
11a Amorous heart embraces sex appeal returning (6)
EROTIC: reverse a word for heart or nucleus containing a short word for sex appeal.
12a Honour in account of French imbibing drink (8)
ACCOLADE: the abbreviation for an account or invoice and the French word meaning ‘of’ contain a fizzy drink.
13a Queen rejected struggle with criticism (6)
REVIEW: string together the reversal of our Queen’s regnal cipher, a verb to struggle and the abbreviation for ‘with’.
15a Fancies changes embroiling a Government’s leader (8)
VAGARIES: a verb meaning changes or fluctuates contains A and the leading letter of Government.
18a Uneven start about Conservative after story (8)
SPLOTCHY: a verb to start (like a nervous horse) contains an abbreviation for Conservative following the story in a book or film.
19a Groups age on dope (6)
GENERA: an age or period of time follows an informal word for dope or information.
21a Getting on line for information (8)
LEARNING: a word meaning getting or ‘taking home’ follows the abbreviation for line.
23a Imagine single girlfriend accepting sweetheart (6)
IDEATE: a single in Roman numerals followed by a girlfriend or partner containing the heart of swEet. Not a word I knew but the wordplay is clear.
26a Nice way to express boredom? (5)
ENNUI: a word from French meaning boredom.
27a Residence in Panama perhaps includes river pong (9)
HOUSEBOAT: what a panama is a type of contains the name of several rivers in England and an abbreviated personal pong.
28a It’s possibly cooler in North America? (12)
PENITENTIARY: cryptic definition of a cooler or can in North America.
1d Ace partner sure stripped in buff (7)
AMATEUR: concatenate the abbreviation for ace in cards, a partner and the inner letters of sure.
2d Chamber orchestra’s lead instrument (5)
CELLO: a chamber or small room and the leading letter of orchestra.
3d Detective Unit, for example, denied causing harm (9)
DETRIMENT: an abbreviation for detective followed by an army unit with the abbreviation of ‘for example’ taken out.
4d Reportedly is aware of negative votes (4)
NOES: a homophone of ‘is aware of’.
5d Sovereign occurs occasionally in gold trinkets (8)
AUTOCRAT: insert the odd letters of occurs into the chemical symbol for gold and trinkets or worthless items.
6d Catch girl with nothing on underneath! (5)
LASSO: a synonym of girl with the letter resembling zero under it.
7d Roughly large excavation concealing a mineral (8)
CALAMINE: a two-letter abbreviation for roughly, the abbreviation for large and an excavation contain A.
8d If not cloudy, take top off (6)
UNLESS: an adjective meaning cloudy without its top letter.
14d Useless youth’s first to commit bad crime (8)
VILLAINY: an adjective meaning useless or futile and the first letter of youth contain a synonym for bad or sick.
16d Change last word cut taking Mass (9)
AMENDMENT: the last word in a Christian prayer and a cut or reduction containing the abbreviation for mass.
17d Impress using great port (8)
SHANGHAI: double definition, impress here meaning to press-gang or forcibly enlist into the forces.
18d Full, eating pound, like some peanuts? (6)
SALTED: an adjective meaning full contains the abbreviation for a pound sterling.
20d Suitably pinching, heartlessly done with skill (7)
ADEPTLY: an adverb meaning suitably contains the word done without its inner letters.
22d Sound of hooter round middle of shift (5)
NOISE: what hooter is an informal word for contains the middle letter of shift.
24d Square described by Euclid? (5)
AGORA: there’s no need to try to remember your school geometry – all you need to know is that Euclid was a Greek and the word he would have used for a square or public open space.
25d Cunning copper on Met not starting up (4)
CUTE: the chemical symbol for copper and the reversal of Met after you’ve stripped off its first letter.
I’ll pick out the amusing surfaces in 1d, 6d and 8d for my podium. Which one(s) tickled you?