Toughie No 2895 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty */** – Enjoyment ***
This was definitely at the easier end of Beam’s range and, apart from the absence of anagrams, could well have appeared as a Ray T production. So I hope those many Ray T aficionados who steer clear of Toughies will give this one a go – I think that they’ll enjoy it.
Please leave a comment telling us how you fared and what you thought of the puzzle.
1a Feel for company partner employing skinflint (11)
COMMISERATE: the abbreviation for company and a sexual partner contain a skinflint.
9a Reportedly, ruling is coming down (7)
RAINING: this sounds like ruling as a monarch.
10a Harry is noble welcoming good person (6)
PESTER: a noble contains the usual abbreviation for a good or holy person.
12a Monsters seen in time slips (7)
TERRORS: the abbreviation for time and a noun meaning slips or lapses.
13a Adult more desperate embracing married suitor (7)
ADMIRER: the abbreviation for adult and a rather clunky comparative meaning more desperate or more drastic containing the genealogical abbreviation for married.
14a Quits all the same losing nothing (5)
EVENS: a phrase (4,2) meaning ‘all the same’ or nevertheless without the letter that resembles zero.
15a Official shoots rook, maybe following order (9)
OMBUDSMAN: shoots (possibly green ones) and what rook is an example of in chess follow the abbreviation for an order awarded for distinguished achievement.
17a Hard sweetheart, candid and cold (9)
HEARTLESS: the pencil abbreviation for hard, the letter at the heart of sweet and an adjective meaning candid or without guile.
20a Paddy field filled by river (5)
STROP: a verb to field or prevent a cricket ball reaching the boundary perhaps contains the abbreviation for river.
22a Applauding speech after victory for Republican (7)
OVATION: start with a formal speech and change the abbreviation for Republican to that of victory.
24a Pilot ace through until war’s end (7)
AVIATOR: we have to join four separate bits in this 6-word clue – the abbreviation for ace in card games, a preposition meaning through, a synonym for until and the end letter of war.
25a Deaden live heart, arresting metabolism initially (6)
BENUMB: a verb to live or exist and a synonym for heart or crux containing the initial letter of metabolism.
26a Something brewing perhaps before new storm (7)
TYPHOON: something that you may brew to obtain ‘the cup that cheers but does not inebriate’ precedes the abbreviation for new.
27a Right always criticise boom (11)
REVERBERATE: string together the abbreviation for right, a synonym for always and a verb to criticise or rebuke.
2d Love less, assuming nothing sinister (7)
OMINOUS: the letter that looks like love in tennis and a preposition meaning less (especially in maths) containing another occurrence of the letter we had at the start.
3d Some gas to release around outlet (9)
MEGASTORE: hidden in the clue.
4d Detective dressed in blue and brown (5)
SEPIA: the abbreviation for a private detective is contained in what blue is a literary term for.
5d Took up tot found in grass (7)
RESUMED: a verb to tot is found in a type of grass.
6d Blithe or embarrassed about proposition (7)
THEOREM: another hidden word.
7d Kinship of family housing second husband (11)
BROTHERHOOD: a family (of children or little chicks perhaps) contains an adjective meaning second or alternative and the genealogical abbreviation for husband.
8d Possibly drill bit without resistance (6)
PIERCE: a synonym for bit or portion containing the electrical abbreviation for resistance.
11d Clear spring after flowed into river (11)
TRANSPARENT: a health-giving spring follows a verb meaning flowed and that all goes inside a river of central England.
16d Gambler taking odds with a spot (9)
BESPATTER: another word for a gambler contains the abbreviation for the odds on a horse race and A. Spot here is a verb.
18d Scholarly life summit includes baldies occasionally (7)
ACADEME: a synonym for summit or peak contains the even letters of ‘baldies’.
19d Support in number for popular leader (7)
TRIBUNE: one of 24 things supporting the upper body goes inside a number or melody. The answer was an official in ancient Rome (popular because he was elected by the people).
20d Small bite on dog, maybe bit (7)
SNIPPET: glue together the clothing abbreviation for small, a sharp bite, and what a dog may be an example of.
21d Upgrade equipment of revolting marauder (6)
RETOOL: reverse a word meaning marauder or pillager.
23d Tycoon fat cat pocketing a billion (5)
NABOB: an informal word for a fat cat or person of wealth contains A and the abbreviation for billion.
My ticks today went to 14a, 20a and 26a. Which one(s) hit the spot for you?