Sunday Toughie No 12 by Zandio (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Zandio here for the 4th time so as predicted we seem to be settling in to a proXimal, Robyn, Zandio rotation. How long it holds is at the whim of Mr Ed Chris Lancaster.
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:
Remember the site rules and play nicely.
Double unches in the corners gave me some cause for concern but once I got going this was a steady solve and I hope I have got my parsing right today. Please put me right if you think otherwise. 11a amused me but I haven’t hinted it, hopefully, if you look out of the window you may see a big yellow hint out there. I hope the site is up soon, or these hints may be in vain.
1 Manic, running wild touring America, one who’s in a band? (8)
We start with a compound anagram, MANIC, one of our usual Americans and the letter that looks like 1 for one who’s in a band
5 Bitter that 1 may have consumed in the Sixties (4)
Last night on the puzzles site I didn’t see that we have the number 1 rather than the I so I missed the reference to clue 1. This morning I see it and the word for bitter is also the drug of choice of many 1a of the nineteen sixties.
9 Huge blunder, with Italy and France, consumed by evidence of tension (8)
An informal adjective for huge is made from a blunder, the IVR codes for the countries specified are surrounded by the convulsive twitching of muscles in the face when tense.
12 Gets taken to court and released (6)
Split 2,4 it is what happens when we are taken to court, unsplit we have that which flows or
14 Perfunctory repast including tea — largely pleasant (10)
The word we seek means perfunctory, it is formed by a word for tea, most of a word for pleasant, surrounded by a repast.
23 They contort themselves back to front, mammalian killer creatures that hang upside down (8)
A seaborn killer (of whales and others) is reversed and is followed by some other mammals that hang upside down.
27 Similar terms in New York my son’s arranged for accommodation (8)
I have been trying to avoid this word so far, as it is probably used more than many in a cryptic crossword blog. An abbreviation (that is probably another word overused by me in my blogs)
for New York and an anagram of my son’s. Arranged and accommodation can be found on the same page in a Thesaurus, where we look for these similar terms.
2 Note to go over step 12 (6)
A note you append at the bottom of a letter perhaps is reversed (go over) and attached to part of a step, also a 27a of 12a.
6 Selection of things cuckoos do, winning hearts (8)
Two noises that cuckoos make and H for hearts make the selection of things.
7 Censure part of speech splitting Parisian from church (8)
How a Parisian says from, a naming part of speech, and one of the churches that crosswords use frequently to mean Censure.
15 Fresh for use, not lightly beaten, apparently (8)
A prefix meaning a mere negation and lightly beaten like the fingers that hit the keyboard, there is also a link to the preparation of maple trees to source the syrup they contain, but Senf knows more about that than me.
16 Vehicles bumper to bumper, rising temperature in dock (8)
A large passenger carrying vehicle and a smaller one drawn by a horse perhaps, are reversed and surround T for temperature, to satisfy the definition, dock.
17 That man’s written close to 100 films –they usually need a formula (8)
A male pronoun is written close after the Roman numeral for 100 and the red film that descends before the eyes when enraged by recalcitrant websites perhaps. They make compounds from formulas
21 Sounds like one’s going to land in water (4)
A contraction of how one would say I will… sounds like a relatively small piece of land in water.
That looks like a balanced selection of 50% of today’s clues but as the site is down and any bonus illustrations don’t survive the transfer from Word to WordPress, I will add that 18a 8d 13d and 19d are anagrams and a reverse lurker. That and knowing that the Three R’s will help with a couple should get you over the line.
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