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Guardian Quiptic 699 Beale

Posted by scchua on April 8th, 2013

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It’s been quite a while since the last Beale Quiptic, so it took a bit of re-orientation to his style.  The NE corner was last to be completed.  Thanks to Beale.  Definitions are underlined in the clues. [[The pictures at the bottom have unidentified links to the puzzle. Please enclose any comments on them in double brackets. Thank you.]]

Across
1 Drivers tucked into fresh motel porridge (7)

OATMEAL : AA(abbrev. for Automobile Association;the drivers’ organisation) contained in(tucked into) anagram of(fresh) MOTEL. Note the separation of the As.

5 Drink alcohol for comfort (7)

SUPPORT : SUP(to drink, in small sips) + PORT(an alcoholic drink).

Answer: To sustain a person or thing under trial or affliction.

9 Letter about current agreement (9)

CHARACTER : AC(abbrev. for alternating current;electricity suppy) contained in(about …) CHARTER(a document incorporating an institution, or an agreement for the hire of a ship). The clue is to be read “Letter about current, agreement.” as an alternative construction to “Letter agreement about current.”

10 Decided to change depot (5)

OPTED : Anagram of(to change) DEPOT.

11 Ready with rent rebate at last (4)

RIPE : RIP(to rent;to tear) + last letter of(… at last) “rebate”.

12 In a manner of speaking, without a clue (10)

INDICATION : IN + DICTION(a manner of speaking;of enunciating words and sounds) containing(without) A.

14 Remains with newcomer and retired teacher (6)

DEBRIS : DEB(short for “debutante”, a young woman who is newly introduced into society) plus(and) reversal of(retired) SIR(a polite form of address for a teacher).

15 Exclamation comes out of the blue! (7)

HEAVENS : Double defn: 2nd: What’s up there;the sky;the blue.

16 One has to retain extraordinary stillness (7)

INERTIA : I(Roman numeral for “one”) plus(has to) anagram of(extraordinary) RETAIN. I thought “has” was redundant and could be omitted without affecting the surface.

18 Glances saucily away from game when drunk (6)

TIDDLY : “winks”(glances saucily;opens and closes one eye in a suggestive gesture) deleted from(away from) “tiddlywinks”(a game played with plastic discs).

Answer:  British slang for being slightly intoxicated.

20 General discussion of liberal floral arrangement (4-3-3)

FREE-FOR-ALL : FREE(liberal;without limitation) + anagram of(arrangement) FLORAL.

Answer: An argument;heated discussion open to everyone in general and without organisation or rules.

21 The actors are shy (4)

CAST : Double defn: 2nd: A quick sudden throw;a cast.

24 Deterioration of worn central engine part (5)

ROTOR : ROT(a deterioration;a disintegration) plus(of) middle 2 letters of(… central) “worn”.

25 Spontaneously smile upon stumbling (2,7)

ON IMPULSE : Anagram of(stumbling) SMILE UPON.

26 Affectionate address by veteran runner (3,4)

OLD BEAN : OLD(veteran) + BEAN(a runner plant).

27 Dance performed with exaggerated content (7)

GAVOTTE : GAVE(performed as entertainment, as in “he gave a recital”) containing(with … content) OTT(abbrev. for “over the top”;too much;exaggerated).

Down
1 With nothing to mark award? (5)

OSCAR : O(the letter that looks like zero;nothing) + SCAR(a mark of a healed wound).

2 Return to market place escaping, opening crush (7)

TRAMPLE : Reversal of(Return to) MART(a market place, as in a “car mart”) + PL(abbrev. for “place”, as in a street address) + first letter of(…, opening) “escaping”.

3 Style shown by some private landlords (4)

ELAN : Hidden in(shown by some) “private landlords”.

4 Relax when London weather is unsettled (3,4,4,4)

LET ONES HAIR DOWN : Anagram of(unsettled) LONDON WEATHER IS.

5 Frank expression clearly winning round student (8,7)

STRAIGHT TALKING : STRAIGHT(clearly;logically as in “thinking straight”) + TAKING(winning;charming) containing(round) L(the plate for a learner;student driver).

6 Stay to have a look at reported information (10)

PROPAGANDA : PROP(a stay;a support) plus(to) homophone of(reported) “gander”(slang for “to have a look at”).

Answer: Information deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, nation, cause, etc.

7 Unlikely to be away with the team (7)

OUTSIDE : OUT(to be away;not at home) plus(with) SIDE(a team in a contest).

Answer: Extremely unlikely, as in “an outside chance of winning”.

8 Old news (7)

TIDINGS : Cryptic defn: A term often used in former;olden times for “news”.

13 Sheer power might be shown by animal (5,5)

BRUTE FORCE : FORCE(might;power) plus(be shown by) BRUTE(an animal;a brutal beast). Or it’s just a cryptic defn.

16 Refusal to conclude this is hellish (7)

INFERNO : NO(an expression of refusal) placed under(to, in a down clue) INFER(to conclude;to derive by reasoning).

17 Chose to miss start of exclusive by journalist (7)

ELECTED : “select”(exclusive; carefully chosen, as in “a select group of friends”) minus its initial letter(to miss start of…) plus(by) ED(abbrev. for “editor”;a journalist).

19 Allow to look through brochure (7)

LEAFLET : LET(to allow) placed under(to, in a down clue) LEAF(to look through the pages of a book).

22 Subject: not us (fourth-rate) (5)

THEME : THEM(not us;third person plural pronoun) + fourth letter of(fourth-) “rate”.

23 Big names turn up with shady character (4)

SPIV : Reversal of(turn up) VIPS(abbrev. for “very important persons”;big names).

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For the answer to the last picture, there’s a pointer or two in the picture and in its caption:  “This lady would be good in a photo finish.”
For answer to last pic please click here

8 Responses to “Guardian Quiptic 699 Beale”

  1. Kathryn's Dad says:

    Thanks, scchua. Indeed, we haven’t seen Beale for a while, and you’re right, you do get used to individual setters’ styles.

    Enjoyed this one – just one or two tricky moments, but it all fell into place in the end. I liked TIDDLY, and thought the surface for LET ONE’S HAIR DOWN was good too.

  2. Muffyword says:

    Thanks scchua.

    A nice crossword, although I am not sure about 19 – seems in the wrong order to me.

    [[1 and 3 are Steve McQueen and Paul Newman from towering INFERNO]]

  3. Robi says:

    Quite good Quiptic, although I was unfamiliar with the use of ‘to’ in a down clue to mean ‘attached to.’ Presumably in 19, the ‘to’ has a similar role to that in 16.

    Thanks scchua; I particularly liked TIDDLY and PROPAGANDA.

    [[#2 is, of course, Burton and Taylor who both bagged an OSCAR for ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.’
    #4 are Fred Astaire and Jennifer Jones, who also appeared in Towering INFERNO.
    #5 looks like she has a bit too much SUPPORT or PROP, and she might be a DEB or she has ‘exaggerated content…………’

  4. scchua says:

    [[Muffyword & Robi, yes, those were Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jones and Fred Astaire in The Towering Inferno. However, Burton and Taylor were in other movies, and that lady is what you say – maybe not a deb – and more, but, in addition to the picture, the caption gives another hint to the answer.]]

  5. michelle says:

    I enjoyed this Quiptic by Beale. My favourites were LET ONE’S HAIR DOWN, INDICATION, SUPPORT, GAVOTTE, RIPE, PROPAGANDA & TIDDLY.

    A new word for me today was SPIV.

    Thanks for the blog, scchua.

  6. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks to Beale for the puzzle and scchua for the blog.

    [[Burton and Taylor co-starred in The VIP’s in 1963. The final picture and quote are from Ladies Day at Ascot. Maybe she needs to Let Her Hair Down. Maybe not.

    Cheers…

  7. scchua says:

    [[grandpuzzler, right about The VIPs, and you’ve got the Ascot part right. I’ve added a link under the picture to the answer.]]

  8. grimalkin says:

    I thought it was tough enough for a quiptic.

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