Toughie No 2943 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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Beam provides, as is his usual, an entertaining but not too tricky puzzle. Thanks to him.
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1a Support for capital punishment? (7)
GALLOWS: cryptic definition with the support being a structure rather than an endorsement.
5a Main Street, taking a right (7)
SALIENT: the abbreviation for street contains A and a legal right.
9a Buff partner in endless mood (7)
AMATEUR: insert a synonym of partner or comrade into a word meaning mood or ambience without its last letter.
10a Utter, primarily complete rubbish in end (7)
DICTATE: insert the first letter of complete and an informal word for rubbish or shabby stuff into a verb to end or bite the dust.
11a Sign seen outside explosive’s storehouse (9)
THESAURUS: a sign of the zodiac contains an abbreviation for explosive.
12a Beam is, briefly, handle (5)
SHAFT: a short form of ‘is’ (as used in the previous clue) followed by the handle of a tool.
13a Occasionally tries twine making lace again (5)
RETIE: regular letters from two words in the clue.
15a Wise bottling cold anger for violation (9)
SACRILEGE: an adjective meaning wise contains the tap abbreviation for cold and a verb to anger or annoy.
17a Courtesy seeing drunk English in gang (9)
POLITESSE: a slang word meaning drunk and an abbreviation for English go inside the sort of gang that always used to be assembled to catch the varmints in Western movies.
19a Animal in river (5)
HIPPO: a superb all-in-one clue. An informal adjective meaning ‘in’ or fashionable and an Italian river.
22a Dance sailor rejected after drink (5)
RUMBA: reverse one of our usual abbreviations for a sailor after an alcoholic drink.
23a What improves vision, in the main? (9)
PERISCOPE: cryptic definition. ‘In the main’ means ‘at sea’.
25a Living without sin’s first dying (7)
EXITING: a present participle meaning living without the first letter of sin.
26a Apprentices not starting lucrative jobs (7)
EARNERS: remove the first letter from apprentices or trainees.
27a Stray soldier back in outfit (7)
DIGRESS: the abbreviation for a US ordinary soldier is reversed inside an outfit.
28a Spirit of respect respected (7)
SPECTRE: a hidden word.
1d Worker putting beam under overhang’s end (7)
GRAFTER: the sort of beam you may have in your roof follows the last letter of overhang.
2d Scantiest minimum worn round Tyneside? (7)
LEANEST: a word meaning minimum contains the area of England in which Tyneside is located.
3d Last Letter to the Corinthians? (5)
OMEGA: cryptic definition. Corinth is in Greece.
4d Staggers as drink flows around, right? (9)
SURPRISES: a dialect verb to drink and a verb meaning flows or originates (of a river, say) containing an abbreviation for right.
5d Angles putting fish on board (5)
SIDES: insert a freshwater fish that’s very common in Crosswordland into our usual abbreviation for ship.
6d Yale man, perhaps? (9)
LOCKSMITH: cryptic definition. Yale here is not the US university.
7d Come out with sweetheart chap picked (7)
EMANATE: string together Beam’s usual swEetheart, a chap and a verb meaning picked. I didn’t think that ‘picked’ meant the required verb without an ‘at’ but the BRB says it means ‘to *** in small or delicate mouthfuls’.
8d Support the Yorkshire struggle losing wicket (7)
TRESTLE: the Yorkshire dialect version of ‘the’ is followed by a verb to struggle without its initial abbreviation for wicket.
14d Hand over former business lodging appeal (9)
EXTRADITE: a prefix meaning former and a word for business or commerce contain a dated word for sex appeal.
16d Dull game capturing Queen almost allowed (9)
CHEERLESS: a board game contains the regnal cipher of our late Queen and a verb meaning allowed without its final letter.
17d Warn of downfall supporting Left (7)
PORTEND: a synonym of downfall or ruin follows the sailor’s word for left.
18d Rodent left smell eating gutted earthworm (7)
LEMMING: the abbreviation for left and a verb to smell or stink contain the outer letters of earthworm.
20d Campaign launch? (7)
PROJECT: double definition, the first a noun and the second a verb.
21d Direct lover seeking embraces (7)
23d Times following paper’s opening printed matter (5)
PAGES: long periods of time follow the opening letter of paper.
24d Someone assessing recruits, gauging everybody’s principles (5)
SARGE: a ‘first letters’ clue. I thought that the last word should be principals but, once again, the BRB supports Beam as it says principle has an obsolete meaning of ‘beginning’.
I ticked 9a and 8d but my runaway favourite was the excellent 19a. Which one(s) appealed to you?