Toughie No 2927 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Thanks to Beam for another enjoyable and not too tricky puzzle. Most of his trademarks are here but there’s no Queen for understandable reasons and no sweetheart.
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8a Nearly explode finding mistake (4)
GOOF: a phrasal verb meaning to explode (2,3) without its final letter.
9a Incorrigible kind welcoming Tories’ leader (10)
CONGENITAL: an adjective meaning kind or friendly containing the leading letter of Tories.
10a Red mullet, say, always being caught (8)
FEVERISH: what mullet is an example of contains a synonym of always.
11a Attack ends of excessive beard (6)
GOATEE: a phrasal verb meaning to attack followed by both ends of ‘excessive’.
12a After second service slice flipping cheese here? (9)
MOUSETRAP: string together an informal word for a second or short time, a word for service or benefit and the reversal of a slice or portion.
13a End perhaps providing cold comfort (5)
CEASE: the abbreviation on a tap for cold and a synonym of comfort. I’m not sure why the ‘perhaps’ is needed.
15a Livery stable (7)
UNIFORM: double definition, the second an adjective meaning stable or consistent.
17a Future of the French? Not great (7)
DESTINY: one of the French words meaning ‘of the’ and the opposite of great.
20a Endless mortar secures loose rocks (5)
SCREE: mortar here is not a weapon but a layer applied to a floor to give it a smooth service. Remove its last letter.
22a Spontaneous former English politician in split (9)
EXTEMPORE: start with a prefix meaning former then insert an abbreviation for English and our usual elected politician into a verb meaning split.
25a American writer, almost beat, getting lyrical (6)
POETIC: join together an American writer known for his macabre works and a verb to beat like a clock without its last letter.
26a China facing retreat returning data (8)
MATERIAL: what china is rhyming slang for followed by the reversal of a beastly retreat.
27a Minister with fortune before press turns (10)
CHANCELLOR: a synonym of fortune and the reversal of a verb to press or flatten (a cricket pitch, say).
28a Not really fair giving corner (4)
NOOK: a more succinct way of saying ‘not really’ and an informal adjective meaning fair or so-so.
1d Morning, since not a person rises (8)
FORENOON: a conjunction meaning since or because and the reversal of a word meaning not a (single) person.
2d Beam’s losing head seeing dessert (6)
AFTERS: the sort of beam that you have in your roof without its first letter followed by its ‘S.
3d Bible is certain about reported tomb? (9)
SCRIPTURE: an adjective meaning certain contains what sounds like a tomb or vault.
4d Thrill of umpteenth rally (7)
ENTHRAL: hidden in the clue.
5d Rule empire including glorious nation, initially? (5)
REIGN: first letters of five words in the clue.
6d Fibrous tissue injured, swathed by dressing (8)
LIGAMENT: a dated adjective meaning injured in the leg is contained in a dressing for wounds.
7d Press copy runs in vacuous press (6)
PAPERS: insert a verb to copy and the cricket abbreviation for runs into the outer letters of press.
14d Sitting in sun around garden yard (9)
SEDENTARY: what our sun is contains a Biblical garden. Append the abbreviation for yard.
16d Fugitive getting away with time inside (8)
FLEETING: a present participle meaning getting away or escaping contains the abbreviation for time.
18d Some tommyrot, arrant, holding up storyteller (8)
NARRATOR: hidden in reverse.
19d Topless intimacy with buxom model (7)
EXAMPLE: intimacy of a carnal nature without its first letter is followed by an adjective meaning buxom or well-endowed.
21d Reluctant to wear Church dress (6)
CLOTHE: an adjective meaning reluctant sits inside one of the abbreviations for church.
23d Possibly mother or father split (6)
PARENT: charade of an affectionate term for one’s father and a split or tear.
24d River found in one’s estate (5)
ACRES: insert the abbreviation for river into a one (in cards, say) with its ‘S.
The clues I liked include 15a, 28a and 14d but my favourite was 19d for its amusing surface. Which one(s) did the business for you?