Toughie No 3167 by Beam
Hints and tips by Gazza
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Time after time our setter, either as Beam or in his back-page persona, gives us enjoyable puzzles with very succinct clues. Thanks to him.
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1a Debauchery for every type (10)
PERVERSION: a preposition meaning ‘for every’ and a type or variant.
6a Unpleasant noise from snake trailing Queen (4)
RASP: a small snake follows the abbreviation for Regina.
9a Escape, possibly, is lawful (5)
LEGIT: split 3,2 the answer is an informal phrasal verb meaning to escape or flee.
10a Kill time, say, disheartened (9)
ERADICATE: a period of historical time and a verb to say or recite without its central letter.
12a Survives flipping flashy jewellery for brother? (7)
SIBLING: reverse a verb meaning survives or exists and append an informal word for flashy jewellery.
13a Company adopting revolutionary doctrine (5)
CREDO: the abbreviation for company contains a revolutionary.
15a Spoiling wedding losing pageboy finally (7)
MARRING: wedding here is a present participle not a noun. A synonym for this loses the final letter of pageboy.
16a Smiling primarily, except when gloomy (7)
SUNLESS: the primary letter of smiling and a conjunction meaning ‘except when’.
18a Clear the nude’s mostly clay (7)
20a Displays sweetheart plants outside cottage’s front (7)
EVINCES: Beam’s usual swEetheart followed by climbing plants containing the front letter of cottage.
21a Something preferred as digging equipment, initially (5)
SPADE: initial letters.
23a Prevent gut practically, getting gym equipment (7)
BARBELL: join a verb to prevent and another word for a gut without its last letter.
25a Nearly time, left in student disco (9)
NIGHTCLUB: an adverb meaning nearly and the physics abbreviation for time precede the abbreviation for left inside a student or trainee.
26a Liaison from date, not missing love (5)
AGENT: a verb to determine the date of something and ‘not’ without the zero-resembling letter.
27a Reportedly spoils instrument (4)
LUTE: this sounds like spoils (a noun, not a verb).
28a One searches flower containing cotton, oddly (10)
PROSPECTOR: a verb to flower or flourish containing the odd letters of cotton.
1d Game over and cut up (4)
POLO: the cricket abbreviation for over and a verb to cut all reversed.
2d Stern about matter with Republican official (9)
REGISTRAR: a synonym of stern or backside contains a word meaning matter or substance and the abbreviation for Republican.
3d Setting up shop? (13)
ESTABLISHMENT: double definition, the second could be a shop or could be another type of business.
4d Petitioning monarch to uphold bishop’s place (7)
SEEKING: a monarch follows a bishop’s area of responsibility.
5d Fruit variety with tremendous skin (7)
ORANGES: a synonym for variety or selection has around it (with … skin) an abbreviation meaning tremendous or very large.
7d Open stove topping hollow pastry dish (5)
AGAPE: the trademarked name of a type of stove beloved by the middle-classes followed by a pastry dish without its middle letter.
8d Some media covering party bias (10)
PREPOSSESS: a noun for newspapers (some media) contains a party traditionally sworn in by a sheriff in Western movies to ‘hunt down the varmints’. I needed the BRB to confirm that the answer, as a transitive verb, can mean to bias or prejudice.
11d Uncaring behind bars admitting criminal charge (13)
INCONSIDERATE: an adverb meaning behind (prison) bars contains our usual informal criminal. Finish with a synonym of charge or cost.
14d Whimpers on a ledge catching cold (10)
IMPERSONAL: our second hidden answer.
17d Former cubicle on hospital department cracking (9)
EXCELLENT: assemble a prefix meaning former, a small cubicle and our usual hospital department.
19d Cloudy and close keeping light, almost (7)
NEBULAR: an adjective meaning close containing a source of electric light without its last letter.
20d Dresses delivered boring look, sent back (7)
ENROBES: a past participle meaning delivered (in a birthing pool perhaps) goes inside a verb to look. Now reverse the lot.
22d Jargon, unlimited jargon before chat’s conclusion (5)
ARGOT: the inner letters of jargon precede the concluding letter of chat.
24d Mild expletive upset celebrity (4)
STAR: reverse a mild expletive. I needed a checking letter here as the clue could work either way round.
My ticks today went to 10a, 15a and 14d. What about you?