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Sunday Toughie 12 (Hints)

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
passes out.

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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17 comments on “Sunday Toughie 12 (Hints)

  1. I didn’t think that this was quite up to the standard of the last few Sunday Toughies but it was enjoyable nevertheless. Thanks to Zandio and SJB.
    My favourite clue was 6d.

  2. Can the Puzzles Editor please put this on the device version, after all I pay a full subscription for the paper version. Thank you.

        1. David is not IT savvy so he has to have the actual paper. But on Sundays he swaps the voucher for The Times (pays the difference) as we find the Sunday Telegraph almost a repeat of the Saturday Telegraph. I still read the on line version of the Sunday Telegraph.

    1. Yes JB, Senf managed to post his blog in the early hours. But BD has dealt with a lot of water under the bridge since then. He deserves a big round of applause for getting the place up and running again.

      1. Listen to me clapping! I’m lost without this site. Now I can take a proper look at your efforts.

  3. I don’t know what I would do without you lovely people – You keep me going. I have just returned from a lunch party at DD2’s where i was extolling the delights of Big Dave to woman who said she was no good at cryptics. I think I am a little befuddled by too much food and alcohol because I found this hard work. If 9d is a reverse lurker I am flummoxed. Now there’s a word! But I shall just keep looking at it and maybe all will become clear in the morning. Thanks to Zandio for the hard work and to SJB for the hints.

      1. OK I’ve got it! Many thanks, and I did get the RL John B so all is well. I wish all was well globally the news is just so upsetting.

    1. Sorry it is 19d that is the RL. I am still having problems accessing the site and cleared cache several times. I will try and edit the blog.

  4. I did this one shortly after midnight & must say my thoughts were the same as Gazza as well as thinking well they’ll no mounting panic from our trusty reviewer with this one. No particular favourites & pleasant enough but the bar has been set so high with recent Sunday Toughies that this one felt a little underwhelming.
    Thanks to Zandio & to John.

    1. Thanks, H apart from a small gulp at the double unches in the corners the solve was quite straightforward. Panic wasn’t totally eliminated though as the blog was down for a long time. Kudos and much appreciation to BD for sorting it out

  5. It’s Monday morning here, and I finished this nice little Toughie early Saturday evening. Meanwhile, I suffered severe withdrawal pains. So thanks to BD et al for sorting this out. I think that the corny 25a is my favourite. Many thanks to Zandio and SJB. So glad to have all of you back!

    1. Corny indeed, or at least corn fed. I had a picture of a castrated male (redundant aren’t all castrated chickens male?) chicken in mind for the hint but the problems with the blog stopped me messing about with pictures. You will have to check the review a week on Wednesday.

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