Sunday Toughie No 7 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Hello from Yorkshire,
Fluffy clouds and the odd patch of blue today. I think I have got most of this today. I had to think about 8d for a while. The answer was easier to see than the why’s and wherefore’s.
27a and 18d were my favourites today but I will stick to 18d as it reminded me to go read/watch an old favourite again.
I have hinted at least half of the clues but as a bit of a bonus today 21d is a UK brand of a proprietary pain relief drug useful in treating 14d’s lumbago.
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 One tries e.g. white flower in wet ground at first (4,6)
Someone who tries something for us, of which white is an example. An anagram of IN WET is followed by a flower named for its star-shaped head. (An actual flower not crosswordlands cryptic river)
9 Frown in Hereford or Ayrshire? (5)
To furrow one’s eyebrows is also a term for the ordinary vocal sounds made by Hereford or Ayrshire livestock
10 Pro gutted in defeat, losing ball game (5,4)
I was going to underline ball as part of the definition but I don’t think I can, as I need it for the wordplay. PRO loses its middle letter (gutted) and is inserted into a famous Napoleonic defeat of Sunday 18th June 1815. The losing ball bit allows us to remove one of the letters shaped like a ball.
13 Maybe poacher, I see, sounded alarm (5)
The kitchen utensil used for poaching eggs perhaps adds letters that sound like I see when sounded out.
15 Smuggle in a key for castle (7)
Smugglers used to “run” contraband into port. A from the clue and one of the most useful keys on a keyboard, come together to produce a West Sussex castle.
19 Man funnily did cracks, doing this? (7)
This man is on a chessboard, he surrounds an anagram of did, for someone cracking a joke perhaps.
24 Yellowish bed on day for fooling? (7)
a shortcode for the day on which fooling and practical jokes are tolerated, and a small child’s bed, give a shade that is yellowish. Interesting bit about Ukraine and April fools day, I doubt they will be playing many pranks this year.
27 Faith about maestro regularly producing outstanding work (3-6)
An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. surrounds the even letters of maestro, to give us a raised image such as these from the Parthenon.
30 Propensity to pass nectarines, out to lunch (10)
Anagram (out to lunch) of nectarines.
1 & 26 Down How meat may be good for you? (4,4)
A double definition to start. Serve me meat like that at your peril. I prefer mine still lowering!
3 Doughnut right to tuck into as we see it (5)
A (2,2) phrase for our point of view (as we see it)has an r for right inserted
I am somewhat esurient now!
4 Spotted philosopher cutting works (7)
According to Monty Python’s philosophers’ song the philosopher we seek was, …of his own free will, On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill. Added to a synonym of spotted we get the works where timber is cut.
Those of a more philosophical bent may not know Ancient British Comedy Troupes and may find the philosopher in the following clerihew by E.C. Bentley;
John Stuart XXXX,
By a mighty effort of will,
Overcame his natural bonhomie
And wrote Principles of Political Economy.
8 Feller from Washington in court, say (10)
To court for the hand in marriage, the initials of Washington in the District of Columbia, and a synonym of say, give us a feller of trees. (blogger resists the temptation to insert Monty Python’s Lumberjack song)
14 Treatment for lumbago, which was once an issue? (4,6)
An old issue of a publication is cryptically also something that could ease the pain of lumbago.
18 Vulgar speaker in French traps dainty negotiator (2-7)
The French for IN goes around (traps) a synonym of dainty and follows a vulgar mouth. (I do like the hyphenation in the enumeration it is apt)
Read the book or at least seek out one of the many film adaptations.
23 Relish from buffet put on bagel? (5)
A buffet of wind perhaps and the letter that looks like a bagel. I am hungry again, pass my another savoury doughnut-shaped snack, please.
Today’s music is one that we lost recently (Gary Brooker of Procol Harum) An orchestral and choral backing to a classic song.
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