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Quiptic N° 633 by Beale

Posted by PeterO on January 2nd, 2012


It took me a little while to get into Beale’s style of clue, but once I got used to it, things went quickly.
On writing up the blog, I noted a generous supply of envelope clues, but it did not seem excessive while solving. While the answer to 13A was obvious from the crossing letters, it took some mental gymnastics to come up with any connection to the clue.

1. Warning her afresh to put rubbish outside (6)
THREAT An envelope (‘outside’) of HRE, an anagram (‘afresh’) of ‘her’ in TAT (‘rubbish’).
4. Left-winger replaced railcard that had run out (7)
RADICAL An anagram (‘replaced’) of ‘[r]ailcard’, with the r (‘run’) out.
9. I am clear about one being very keen (9)
IMPATIENT An envelope (‘about’) of I (‘one’) in I’M PATENT (‘I am clear’).
10. Fear of being in charge after sleepover (5)
PANIC A charade of IC ( ‘in charge’) ‘after’ PAN, a reversal (‘over’) of NAP (‘sleep’).
11. Seed showing sign of life (5)
PULSE Double definition: peas and the like (‘seed’) and heartbeat (‘sign of life’).
12. Awkward for one getting completely overcome by joke (3,2,4)
ILL AT EASE A charade of I (‘one’) + LLA, a reversal (‘overcome’) of ALL (‘completely'; all is more commonly an adjective, but it can be an adverb) + A TEASE (‘joke’; to have an article in the answer not indicated in the clue is unusual). Thanks to Pommers for the correction.
13. London mug (7)
REGATTA Unless I am missing something, this is a stretch: REGATTA – boat race – (Cockney) rhyming slang face – ‘mug’
15. Returned genetic material by medical request (6)
DEMAND A reversal (‘returned’) of DNA (‘genetic material’) + MEW (‘medical’).
17. Sensitive youth, shivers, catching cold (6)
TOUCHY An envelope (‘catching’) of C (‘cold’) in TOUHY, an anagram (‘shivers’) of ‘youth’. I like the smooth surface
19. Security measure involving peacekeepers in hot spot (7)
SUNTRAP An envelope (‘involving’) of UN (‘peacekeepers’) in STRAP (‘security measure’). I was held up for a bit looking at ‘security measure’ as the definition.
22. Altering tone, turn with anger to hangers-on (9)
ENTOURAGE A charade of ENTO, an anagram (‘altering’) of ‘tone’ + U (‘turn’) + RAGE (‘anger’).
24. Smelling suspicious? (5)
FISHY Double definition.
26. Select gathering suitable to be held outside (5)
ADOPT An envelope (‘to be held outside’) of DO (‘gathering’) in APT (‘suitable’). Definition: select as a verb.
27. Senseless to have audible row with the idiot (9)
NUMBSKULL A charade of NUMB (‘senseless’) + SKULL, a homophone (‘audible’) of scull (ply the oars, ‘row’).
28. Being generous embarrassed one’s family (7)
KINDRED A charade of KIND (‘generous’) + RED (’embarrassed’). ‘Being’ is justifiable as setting out the charade.
29. Hide depression at university (4,2)
HOLE UP A charade of HOLE (‘depression’) + UP (‘at university’).
1. Lap dancer removes headscarf for tourist (7)
TRIPPER [s]TRIPPER (‘lapdancer’) with ‘headScarf’  removed. The ‘scarf’ is for decoration. Thanks to Dynamic for the correction.
2. Disgust at rejection of someone with skin disease (5)
REPEL A reversal (‘rejection’) of LEPER (‘someone with skin disease’).
3. With a tweak, the tunic appears historically accurate (9)
AUTHENTIC A charade of ‘a’ + UTHENTIC, an anagram (‘tweak’) of ‘the tunic’.
4. Informed about student becoming nervous (7)
RATTLED An envelope (‘about’) of L (learner driver, ‘student’) in RATTED (‘informed’).
5. Kitty followed man back to station (5)
DEPOT A charade of POT (‘kitty’) after (‘followed’) DE, a reversal (‘back’) of ED (‘man’).
6. Unusually, not in race for cup (9)
CONTAINER An anagram (‘unusually’) of ‘not in race’.
7. Philosopher confronts Blair’s last cabinet (6)
LOCKER A charade of LOCKE (John Locke, ‘philosopher’) + R (‘BlaiRs last’).
8. Mounting hesitation expressed by woman with eyeliner (6)
RETINA A charade of RE, a reversal (‘mounting’) of ER (‘hesitation expressed’) + TINA (‘woman’), with the cryptic but accurate definition of ‘eyeliner’.
14. Spirited — yet dispiriting — place (5,4)
GHOST TOWN Cryptic definition.
16. Fame is not perhaps one’s stated intention (9)
MANIFESTO An anagram (‘perhaps’) of ‘fame is not’.
18. Really wanted confusion to end after twelve months (7)
YEARNED A charade of NED, an anagram (‘confusion’) of ‘end’ ‘after’ YEAR (‘twelve months’).
19. Set off with girl when it’s sweltering (6)
STEAMY A charade of STE, an anagram (‘off’) of ‘set’ + AMY (‘girl’).
20. Evidence of employment a spy disposed of at the border (7)
PAYSLIP A charade of PAYS, an anagram (‘disposed of’) of ‘a spy’ + (‘at the’) LIP (‘border’).
21. Comment made about boy (6)
REMARK A charade of RE (‘about’) + MARK (‘boy’). This is the fourth personal name indicated in this way, which I do not find the happiest of devices.
23. Total quiet having left club (5)
UTTER [p]UTTER (‘club’) with the P removed (piano, ‘quiet having left’).
25. Relish one’s impudence (5)
SAUCE Double definition.

8 Responses to “Quiptic N° 633 by Beale”

  1. Dynamic says:

    1d. Headscarf refers to the head of scarf, I.e. S specifically

    Agree that London Mug is an indirection too far when working forward.

    Thanks for the blog & the crossword

  2. pommers says:

    Morning PeterO

    12a is OK. There is no unindicated article, it’s simply I + LLA + TEASE.

    Agree about 13a, really couldn’t see the connection between answer and clue which is why I came here! Thanks for the explanation.

  3. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks Peter.

    I did enjoy this Beale puzzle, with clues like THREAT and IMPATIENT being excellent examples of what’s required for a Quiptic. A few more difficult ones, but that’s what crossing letters are for.

    If Araucaria had offered the ‘London mug’ clue, then folk would no doubt have been drooling, but I think a question mark might have helped, or maybe you’re right in thinking that it’s a step too far for an entry-level crossword.

    Any road up, good stuff from Beale in my opinion.

  4. sidey says:

    If the clue to regatta’s not a misprint then it’s a very poor thing.

  5. StanXYZ says:

    Oh! Dear! “Entry-level”. I’m fairly new to the Quiptic, but not to the Cryptics.

    I found this far more difficult than today’s Rufus.

    I “rufused” to enter “Regatta” for 13a!!

  6. Derek Lazenby says:

    A bit tricky for a Quiptic methinks.

    As noted, 13 is much too hard for this. I too had to come here for an explanation.

    Not sure that a left winger is necessarily a radical, for example “an old school left winger” would not be so called. Also, is the right wing devoid of radicals? I think not.

    In similar vein, I wouldn’t have thought a stripper was a lap-dancer or vica versa. Obviously there is nothing to stop a stripper from lap-dancing, nor a lap-dancer from stripping, but I thought the two were quite distinct “art” forms. Perhaps someone with direct experience could enlighten us?

  7. LordCope says:

    Struggled with this, found Rufus much easier.

  8. TonyP17 says:

    Looked at this today and really struggled. Much harder than a typical Rufus with all the envelope clues and reversals etc.

    I confess I still do not understand 13a. Also I have never heard of John Locke for 7d. Both seem much too hard for a Quiptic.

    One small point – the second half of 15a should read ‘MED’ rather than ‘MEW’

    Thank you for the blog.

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