Sunday Toughie No 14 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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A reasonably easy Sunday toughie from Robyn today, I have even half-finished the review for a week on Wednesday.
I have hinted at 16 out of 30 clues and a bonus pic for 3d so hopefully, that will give you enough to find the rest.
I think the tennis champion (26a) is a bit obscure, I am not a big fan of the sport, but if you follow the instructions, she should reveal herself. The boxer in 22a is fictional…
1a Dodged heartless enemies, like Batman? (7)
Heartless tells us to remove the heart of E nemie S, in this case, like Batman? should suggest what this crusader is known for wearing. That leaves the first word as the definition.
10a Was a ham stuffed, eating cold starter for dinner? (9)
A synonym of stuffed at the dinner table perhaps contains (eating) C for cold and the starter of Dinner. What remains is underlined to define the answer we seek.
11a It’s not the main change at rare packing company (5,5)
A little bit of Latin here. Main here is a noun for the wet bits of the planet, we seek the Latin for the dry bits. Change is the anagrind, at rare is the fodder and it is packing in a synonym of company.
14a Get serious spite about setter on public transport (4,8)
An eight letter synonym of spite surrounds some public transport and the setter’s personal pronoun.
18a At times back in love, really get mushy about love (5,2,5)
A bit of lego here. The back letter of lovE, a synonym of really, followed by a word for mushy around the letter that looks like love in tennis scoring.
27a King in dubious history losing face — Richard III? (7)
The chess notation for King goes in an anagram of history without its facing letter
This Son of Y***(well I live there) would have preferred to see him here, rather than the car park he was found under. But ****’s loss is Leicester’s gain.
28a Jeer receiving writer’s tip for facetious title (3,4)
The noise an audience makes when a performance is 10a perhaps surrounds the tip of a writer’s instrument.
A mock title, for a self-important person.
1d Fixed rates as well as variable, not the real thing (6)
An anagram (fixed) of rates and one of the mathematical variables for a substitute for the real thing
2d Name a Republican, boring rotter, making fake news (6)
A rotter surrounds N for name, A from the clue, and R for republican for fake news or a lie.
4 Attractive policeman dresses in loincloth (5)
A temperature based adjective for attractive is dressed in a Detective Inspector.
5d Sweet food, English jam sandwiches, given hype (5,4)
This synonym of jam, in the pack tightly sense, stuffs in an E for English and adds some fluffy advertising hype.
8d Fool admitted to dodgy drama school for believers (8)
A synonym of fool goes in an anagram of drama. A Muslim school, college, or university that is often part of a mosque. Usually spelled with just one s but I did find the 2 letter alternative in at least one dictionary (Merriam-Webster)
13d Profligate, having large liabilities including tiny sum in America (10)
L for large, the smallest piece of American coinage, and ones debts. A thesaurus may be useful here as I found the definition listed the answer we seek. I have used coinage here in its true sense the next clue (unhinted) uses it in another.
16d Part of US county blessed, overlooking lake (8)
An English county and a synonym of blessed without L for lake, is one of the constituent parts of the U.S.
17d One starting booze, drinking booze before noon (8)
two different alcoholic drinks around n for Noon
24d Berry turned into aphrodisiac artfully (4)
Todays lurker is reverse (turned into) the rest of the clue, supposedly a purple Amazonian superfood.
Talking of purple I haven’t seen Ed busking in York for a while, but here is a piece I love.