Sunday Toughie No 5 by Zandio (Hints)
Hints and Tips by John Bee
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deepest wettest sunny but breezy Yorkshire,
I am beginning to get the hang of these new Sunday toughies. I think they are settling down to a comfortable Tuesday or Wednesday toughie level. I am not sure I will cope if they ramp up to Thursday or Friday difficulty. Zandio said he was responsible for today’s toughie and a fine example it is. The dreaded Reverend Spooner appears but I managed to overcome my nemesis today.
I have given you hints for half the clues and hope you have enough checkers to winkle out the rest. Remember the Miffypops maxim “When in doubt look for a lurker” both of today’s are unhinted and reversed (21 and 26a).
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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1 This cyclist may be in bottom position (6,4)
A problem a cyclist may suffer from and where he may suffer it.
6 Two-thirds of three, say, it often goes with 1 (4)
Three is an example, (as was eighteen yesterday). Take two-thirds of the six-letter noun that three is an example of, to produce a sensation that someone with 1 across may feel.
11 Ginger Rogers taking the lead, directed by Sheeran? (3-6)
take the lead letter of Rogers, add Mr Sheeran’s forename and follow with a synonym of directed.
13 Singular bravery needed to repel a menace (7)
The letter that is added to a singular possession (sometimes – isn’t English delightfully complicated) and a synonym of bravery without the letter a.
18 DJ’s cleaner? (7,5)
Not Sir Terry’s Cleaning woman but something he may need to get fluff off his evening wear.
23 Evidence of maturing shellfish being broken up by river (7)
These shellfish used to be served in the shell with a pin to extract them. Break them up with the abbreviation for river and you get the evidence of maturing that W. H Auden had in spades.
27 Screen times for ‘Encounters with the Unknown‘ (5,5)
A screen you may put up at a window and times you may mark on a calendar combine to give romantic meetings with unknown partners.
1 Train with taps installed in rest rooms upside down (6)
rest rooms is a rather formal (and possibly American) phrase for the smallest room, Take a plural informal British phrase for the same room turn it upside down and insert the letters found on most taps therein.
2 Bedclothes Casanova’s thrown over, very European at heart (6)
Casanova saw himself as having, great sexual energy and prowess, a colloquial phrase for such a chap is thrown over and has abbreviations for Very and European inserted. I need a new one as most of the fluff has emigrated from mine.
8 Spooner’s father predicts they won’t get paid (3,5)
If your father predicts sporting events he would be a gambler. Treat a simple phrase that that suggests, in the manner suggested by the Rev. Spooner and you get another term for the inability to settle one’s losing wagers
9 Admired that guy on line before soldiers posted? (4-10)
a bit of a lego clue, A male pronoun, a horizontal arrangement or line, Other Ranks of soldiers, and a synonym of posted are put together to satisfy the definition
15 They’re eight in number, or figure, stereotypically (9)
This sporting eight cropped up yesterday but here they are gender-specific and somewhat unflatteringly we get a stereotypical description of their figure. Everybody forgets about the coxswain.
19 Husband is perkier, oddly going absent (3,3)
The odd letters of a word are absent, add the three that are left to a synonym of going for a phrase that means to husband one’s resources perhaps.
20 Time Out‘s latest books rejected for empty slogans (6)
A synonym of latest has the New Testament removed and replaced with the outer letters of SloganS for time spent on the naughty step. No Lemon drizzle cake for offenders today.
Today’s music choice will be familiar to those who did the NTSPP yesterday. I could have chosen any of the artists mentioned there from Pete Seeger to Jimmy Somerville via Joan Baez and Peter Paul and Mary. Some of them (I’m looking at you Jimmy) came with distressing imagery I have spared you from, so I have chosen this one as the background to solving this last night.
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