Sunday Toughie No 4 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by John Bee
Hello from deepest Yorkshire,
This is my first go at providing the hints and I have had a lot of help from many others, Senf, Gazza, Miffs and BD to name just a few. If I have made any errors they are mine alone. Halcyon’s sterling work providing hints for Fridays toughie while Dutch was otherwise engaged is a great example of what this fine blog can do. I hope this works as well as that did.
As it is a Prize puzzle I can only hint at a few and hope that will give you the checkers and inspiration to go further.
I’ll be back just after the closing date with the full blog.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints! I hope I don’t have to redact any comments but I am new at this and don’t want to rock the boat. If in doubt I’ll rub it out!
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:
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1a Manufactured sham fur and case of Chanel No. 9 (5,4)
We start with a partial anagram and the outer letters of a scent.
to produce a sporty type who wears the number 9.
9a Delicate and fine wife looking game (5)
The abbreviation for Wife and the game that was used to distract fractious children (my sister and I) on long drives, until we subverted the process by picking rude words.
11a All there is on growth stimulant plugged by guys (6,6)
The growth stimulant you might put on the roses surrounds some guys and is followed by is from the clue to give a Latin phrase for being of sound mind.
16a Explorer crossing river on borders of Amazonian land (7)
A land or country can be found by taking the first and last letter (borders) of Amazonian, an animated explorer better known to a younger audience surrounds an R for river.
20a Length of forerunner to the Kinnock era (7)
A predecessor of Neil Kinnock as Labour party leader and a synonym of era, gives a measure of film taken.
22a Nice to travel round with long-haul trip facilitator (12)
Anagram of words 1, 6 and 7. The “trip” facilitated by its use is one that perhaps Brian Wilson or Syd Barrett took a bit too often.
27a Sound made by wheel on the back of motor (5)
The letter that looks like a wheel follows a brand of German motor car to give an adjective related to sound.
29a Move into Apple’s domain is issue for corporation (9)
To move into is followed by a 2 letter abbreviation for the field that the Apple corporation is known for and another gift of “is” from the clue gives an issue or problem with your corporation.
1d What farmer does for animals (4)
What an arable farmer does in his fields and also what a livestock farmer keeps in his Sty’s
3d Tory vote picked up in item for celebration (7)
A homophone of vote follows a former Tory PM give an item for celebration used in springtime.
6d Nitwit having lead around one Rottweiler’s tail (7)
The letter that looks like 1 and the “tail” of Rottweiler is surrounded by being in the lead of a race to give the definition.
8d Duck and run, catching awful mess in sewer (10)
The duck we want here is avian rather than crickety but a gender rather than a particular breed. It surrounds an anagram of mess followed by the crickety abbreviation for run.
12d Captain dropping ace socks etc on new Bayern kit? (10)
A synonym of captain drops the a for ace and adds another word for socks and n for new. Put that together for an item of clothing traditional to Bavaria.
13d Defending 5-0, stop late shot or cross sent in (6,4)
Take the Roman numeral 5 add the one that looks like 0, they are surrounded by (defending) an anagram (shot) of two more words.
19d Abandoned informal names for two of the queen’s sons? (7)
Informal names of two of the queens three sons can be put together to describe what has befallen the third.
24d Change film screening day before 4th of April (4)
A film popular in crossword circles screens the abbreviation for day and the 4th of April, to give a task that Chris Lancaster undertakes on our behalf.
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Some music. Hmm… what shall we finish with?
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