Toughie No 3151 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ****
An enjoyable and amusing puzzle which is fairly gentle and only really differentiated from a Ray T back-pager by the lack of anagrams. Thanks to Beam.
1a Crack team in event’s covering tackle (9)
EQUIPMENT: a crack or gag and a synonym of team come between the outer letters of event.
6a Decant from spout’s interior, right? (4)
POUR: the interior of spout and the abbreviation for right.
10a Refrain from argument embracing sweetheart (5)
CEASE: a word meaning argument or claim contains Beam’s favourite swEetheart.
11a Fundamentalist error is made about menace (9)
TERRORISM: hidden word.
12a Drink with pork pie swallowing drink (7)
LIMEADE: what pork pie is rhyming slang for contains a honey-based drink.
13a Characters having inclination to the right? (7)
ITALICS: an old chestnut.
14a Drink somewhat hotter, amazingly, knocked back (8)
AMARETTO: hidden in reverse.
16a Gets close to new listeners? (5)
NEARS: the abbreviation for new and listeners which usually come in pairs.
19a Foliage possibly without large overhangs (5)
EAVES: a type of foliage losing its leading letter (the clothing abbreviation for large).
21a Greek god subsequently inspires old temple (8)
PANTHEON: stick together the Greek god of flocks and herds and an adverb meaning subsequently then insert the abbreviation for old.
24a Dressing reportedly forbidden before date (7)
BANDAGE: what sounds like forbidden precedes a verb to determine the date of something.
25a Divorce overdue, after one’s ring (7)
ISOLATE: an adjective meaning overdue follows the Roman numeral for one, ‘S and the ring-shaped letter.
27a Marine‘s a force in extreme surroundings (9)
SEAFARING: insert A and the physics abbreviation for force into an adjective meaning extreme with regard to heat.
28a Picture this compiler’s senility (5)
IMAGE: the contracted way Beam would say that he is and a synonym of senility.
29a Call for anger ends occasionally (4)
NEED: occasional letters from two words in the clue.
30a Active agent holding Tory line (9)
SPRIGHTLY: a secret agent contains an adjective describing Tory and the abbreviation for line.
1d Pardon former copper, past imprisoning copper (9)
EXCULPATE: assemble a prefix meaning former, the chemical symbol for copper and an adjective meaning past or erstwhile then insert the abbreviation for a copper coin.
2d Utterly negate and remove military, initially (5)
UNARM: initial letters.
3d Nobility of courtier protecting English Queen (7)
PEERAGE: a youth providing services at court contains an abbreviation for English and the cipher of our late Queen.
4d Cry wolf, perhaps in account (8)
ENTREATY: a verb to wolf is contained in an account or item in a written record.
5d Fix furrow in rotation for vegetable (6)
TURNIP: join together a verb to fix or attach and a furrow then reverse it all.
7d One American soldier wearing decorated issue (9)
ORIGINATE: the Roman numeral for one and the abbreviation for a US soldier go inside an adjective meaning decorated.
8d Peculiar case of pants revealing bottoms (5)
RUMPS: an adjective meaning peculiar and the outer letters of pants.
9d World head follows cheat (6)
DOMAIN: an adjective meaning head or principal follows a verb to cheat.
15d Pro saw catching leaders takes time (9)
ADVANTAGE: a word meaning saw or proverb contains a short word for leaders and the abbreviation for time.
17d Transgression count gripping church in earnest (9)
SINCERELY: a moral transgression and a verb to count or depend bracket one of our usual abbreviations for church.
18d Stay mum initially and avoid working (8)
MALINGER: a verb to stay or hang around with an affectionate word for one’s mum preceding it.
20d Stone a criminal in prison facility (6)
STALAG: string together the abbreviation for a stone in weight, A and an informal word for an (often old) criminal to get a German word which you’ll have come across if you watch WWII POW films.
22d Honking excessively can start to grate (7)
TOOTING: concatenate an adverb meaning excessively, a synonym for a can and the starting letter of grate.
23d Intellectual sort acquiring source of intel (6)
GENIUS: a sort or category in biology containing the first letter of intel.
24d Bowl while protected by box? (5)
BASIN: a conjunction meaning while is put inside a container which could be a box.
26d Fit in plug to the point (5)
ADAPT: an abbreviated word for a plug or promotion and an adjective meaning ‘to the point’ or relevant.
For my podium I’ve selected 4d, 8d (which made me laugh) and 15d. Which one(s) hit the mark for you?