Toughie No 2991 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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Last Thursday we had eleven anagrams in the Firefly Toughie, this week Beam has given us his usual ration of zero. Variety is the spice of life.
I thought that Beam was being rather gentle with us today with only the wader being a new word for me. Thanks to him for the enjoyable challenge.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Training for unruly canines? (12)
ORTHODONTICS: cryptic definition. These canines are not the four-legged sort.
9a Rival offer pursuing deception (9)
CONTENDER: an offer follows a deception or hoax.
10a Cult rabidly possessive of extremist (5)
ULTRA: our first hidden answer.
11a Following a hush, beat retreat (6)
ASHRAM: A, an instruction to hush and a verb to beat or strike.
12a Key of father’s Golf, say (8)
PASSPORT: a short word for father plus the ‘S and what (uncapitalised) golf is an example of give us a key or means of access.
13a Wader is brown with detailed stripe (6)
DUNLIN: join together a greyish-brown colour and a stripe or band without its last letter.
15a Shy/ going to bed (8)
RETIRING: double definition, the first meaning shy or unassertive.
18a With care, sandy lady after vacation (8)
GINGERLY: somewhat to my surprise the BRB does give sandy as a meaning for this hair colour. Append the outer letters of lady.
19a Zealous Republican in advanced depression (6)
ARDENT: insert the abbreviation for Republican between the abbreviation for advanced and a depression.
21a Stake bound for fast runner (8)
ANTELOPE: charade of a stake (in a card game) and a verb to bound.
23a Plain sweetheart’s rejected exercise (6)
STEPPE: reverse an endearment (sweetheart) plus the ‘S and append the abbreviation for exercise at school.
26a Underprivileged born desperately empty (5)
NEEDY: a word meaning born (usually preceding a woman’s surname at birth) and the outer letters of desperately.
27a Allotments outside turning to cycles (9)
ROTATIONS: a word meaning allotments or allocations contains the reversal of the word TO.
28a Anticipation having already shaved head? (12)
PREPAREDNESS: start with a past participle which could mean ‘shaved in advance’ and add a geographical head or cape.
1d Where to find fruit or veg (7)
ORCHARD: OR and a type of beet.
2d Smell cutting small fish (5)
TENCH: remove the clothing abbreviation for small from a strong smell.
3d Plump compiler’s taking time for working (9)
OPERATIVE: a verb to plump or choose and the contracted form of ‘the compiler has’ from his viewpoint contain a distinct time or period of history.
4d Probability of overdoses ingesting drug’s source (4)
ODDS: the abbreviation for overdose is pluralised and contains the first letter of drug.
5d Drama with Right promoted new bully (8)
THREATEN: a word for drama (and the place where you might see it) has the abbreviation for right moved upwards. Append the abbreviation for new.
6d Embraces inferior to constant drinks (5)
CHUGS: a verb meaning embraces follows the abbreviation for constant in maths. The resulting verb is a slang usage meaning to drink in large gulps.
7d Drug left over stopping boundless hurt (8)
ATROPINE: the word for left at sea is reversed and contained inside the inner letters of a verb meaning hurt or caused discomfort.
8d Occasionally trial got large crowd (6)
RAGTAG: occasional letters from three words in the clue. Who remembers this children’s TV programme from the 1950s?
14d Close to a score? (8)
NINETEEN: cryptic definition. How many is a score?
16d Cross discontented imbiber judged about sex (9)
IRRITATED: the outer letters of imbiber and a verb meaning judged containing a short informal word for sex or ‘the other’.
17d Break china overturned after cold rhubarb (8)
CLAPTRAP: paste together a verb to break or split and what china is in rhyming slang. Reverse that lot and precede it with the tap abbreviation for cold.
18d Rough, beginning to get wet (6)
GRAINY: the first letter of get and an adjective meaning wet (like the weather we’ve been getting here for weeks).
20d Temptress escapes clutching locks of hair (7)
TRESSES: our second hidden word.
22d Non-professional Queen cover (5)
LAYER: an adjective meaning non-professional and our late Queen’s regnal cipher.
24d Test end of zip on dress (5)
PROBE: the last letter of zip and a dress or gown.
25d Someone taking ace roles primarily (4)
STAR: a ‘first letters’ clue.
For my podium I’m choosing the two cryptic definitions (1a and 14d) plus 28a. Which clue(s) did you think were the bee’s knees?