Sunday Toughie No 2 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Tilsit
Howdoo from Warrington!
Thanks to Gazza for standing in at extremely short notice, yesterday. I am due to have a ‘procedure’ on Tuesday and was going through tests beforehand, which produced some unforeseen complications. Back home now, and feeling ok, but having to self-isolate until the big day. Thanks for the kind thoughts and messages yesterday.
After last week’s opening puzzle, this is an altogether more gentle and friendly one from one of our newer setters, who can be relied upon to produce enjoyable puzzles (yesterday’s FT by their alter-ego was very enjoyable). I am sure that we will get a regular blogging team in due course and the hints will appear during the afternoon in future.
There are still a couple of tricky little blighters in there with some sneaky definitions. I’ll be back just after the closing date with the full blog.
A hint for those trying to tackle it after the Saturday Prize Puzzle. You’ll find this tougher as the name says (although some, like this, will be friendlier than others), but as a rule, you will need an advanced dictionary like Chambers or Collins, to tackle this puzzle. Today’s big hint is that most definitions in this puzzle are cryptic, so do plenty of thinking out of the box.
Remember the site rules and play nicely.
1 Spiritual virtue nearly developed in battle of wits (7,7)
The name for a famous game that test the mind can be found by rearranging SPIRTUAL VIRTUE, without its last letter (nearly).
10 Reportedly line dancing in white (3,4)
A homophone for a line and a sort of dancing, when put together give a description of what a white acts as in a couple of sports.
11 African dwelling by capital of Uganda (4)
A member of an African group is the name for a dwelling and the first letter of Uganda (capital)
12 Out to lunch, I chat men up stress-free (10)
An anagram (out to lunch) of I CHAT MEN UP.
15 Republican saving the planet, really getting better (8)
The abbreviation for a republican, a short word meaning environmentally aware and something meaning really.
18 Leaving southern Frenchman heading west (6)
I saw a clue for this word from a puzzle from around 1989 the other day and it was decidedly un-PC. Take the abbreviation for southern, add an archetypal French man’s name and then reverse it to give the answer.
22 Maybe Victorian PM comes from Caernarvonshire (4)
This has a clever definition. It’s cryptic, and you don’t need to go hunting for a Victorian Prime Minister. The name for what PM stands for in a certain country is hidden in the word
24 Fleece jacket for Luke, following small breeze (7)
After the abbreviation for small and a word meaning wind, goes the jacket for LUKE, i.e. the first and last letters of the word.
25 People wearing sister’s apparel perhaps (7)
A verb meaning to people is how how you may describe a certain type of sister.
26 Rotten contract keeps hospital boss executing order (3,4,3,4)
A famous command for executing is found by taking a word meaning rotten, something meaning to contract, with the abbreviation for hospital inside, followed by a word meaning boss.
1 Skill about cladding long gas pipe (7)
Something meaning skill is reversed around something meaning to long for.
2 Somewhat extravagant man with novel refrain in song (1,4,3,7)
A suffix meaning somewhat, an abbreviation for extravagant, a short word for him, a famous novel (by H Rider Haggard) and the word for a catchy refrain when put side-by-side in order give a famous song of the 1970’s.
4 Close to goal area, can a Mexican miss? (6)
After the last letter of goal, add the abbreviation for area, then a word for a can, and add A to give a description of a girl from Mexico.
7 Cryptically, this suggests I haven’t a ruler (4,3,8)
If you saw the answer to this as a clue, I’ haven’t would be the answer! You’re looking for the name of a famous historical ruler.
8 Daring case of pinchpenny pocketing fortune (6)
Take the first and last letters of pinchpenny and put inside something meaning fortune.
13 Herald of king captured by enemy on trail (10)
The abbreviation for king goes inside something meaning enemy.Add a word meaning to trail.
17 American punching wet leftie (6)
The abbreviation for American goes inside something meaning wet to give a type of left winger whose ideals were espoused by a certain man.
23 Daily newspaper dropped by president (4)
The answer was straightforward, working out what goes on here wasn’t. The name for a president or head of a company needs to lose the name of a newspaper (a very short one!)
So how dd you do? Beaming with joy? Or a face like thunder? Do let us know.
Some music. Hmm… what shall we have? I know!
See you next Saturday!