Sunday Toughie No 1 by proXimal (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A quick return by me to get the ball rolling on blogs for the new Sunday Toughie, so this is ‘bare bones’ compared to my Sunday Cryptic blogs.
It’s a prize puzzle so no hidden answers and a sprinkling of hints throughout the grid, and all the usual rule on commenting apply.
I can’t even give one of my cryptic assessments on difficulty as the Puzzles Web Site tells me it took me over 12 hours to complete the solve but that was in two sessions – one on my Saturday evening and one this morning separated by sleep. But, I will say thanks to proXimal for an entertaining challenge.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Wine in cafeteria’s drunk, rejecting beer essentially (8)
An anagram (drunk) of CAFeTeRIA’S with the centre letters (essentially) of beer removed (rejecting).
9a Legendary great was unsurpassed (6))
A 1960s(?) synonym of great and a three letter synonym of was unsurpassed.
10a Reportedly consider plant in earth bearer of fruit (8)
Two homophone elements – the first is of a synonym of consider and the second is of a single word for plant in earth.
13a Not complete problem, a race Mercedes reviewed as sweet (5,7)
A reversed lurker (not complete . . . reviewed) found in four words in the clue.
16a Patron’s complaint about new player (12)
A ‘meaty’ complaint containing the single letter for New, followed by a (female theatre) player.
23a Pet is shy around mate (5,3)
An anagram (around) of IS SHY and a synonym of mate (as in join together).
26a Parts containing plug, lead of some unsuitable for cars (8)
A synonym of parts (as created by Shakespeare?) containing a two letter abbreviated form of plug and the first letter (lead) of Some to finish.
2d New Orleans, not capital of Louisiana, mind (6)
An anagram (new) of ORlEANS minus (not) the first letter (capital) of Louisiana.
4d Stars with capital supported by attorney (9)
A synonym of with, a (European) capital, followed (supported) by the two letters for (a US attorney).
5d I’m stupid going topless after masculine giant (7)
I’M from the clue (without the apostrophe), and a synonym of stupid with the first letter removed (going topless) placed after the single letter for Masculine.
7d Fluid weighs down sponges (9)
A synonym of fluid (as in unfettered) and a single word for weighs down.
13d Charlie cut up taking in mug’s cracks (9)
The letter represented by Charlie in the phonetic alphabet, and a synonym of cut reversed (up) containing (taking in) a synonym of mug (when referring to a person).
17d One advising better way to stop extreme monarch (7)
The two letter abbreviated form of a type of way inserted into (to stop) the combination of a three letter synonym of extreme and HM’s regnal cipher (monarch).
22d Steve, forgetting woman, with lifted toilet seat (5)
STeve from the clue with (first) woman removed (forgetting) and (with) the three letter informal term for toilet reversed (lifted).
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