Sunday Toughie No 18 by Zandio
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I took my time getting going last night but when the three lurkers (one reversed) revealed themselves in the SW corner I got on a roll. I was going to stick at 7 of 14 across and 7 of 14 down hints but a PDM on 12a just made the cut. I am not sure I have seen all there is to see in 18a either so I remain tolerant of some discussion.
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.
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1a Left Spain after report about weather front for ships (10)
A relatively easy one to start with. We begin with a weather report for shipping perhaps and add an abbreviation and an IVR code suggested by the first two words of the clue. A short raised deck at the fore-end of a ship
11a Plenty with power not popular, having a following before (9)
A synonym of power loses the first two letters that popular suggest and replaces them with a from the clue and an abbreviation of following
12a I have not got the wordplay nailed on this but here is something in the style of the answer.
Scoot on a cycle, green style (3,4)
The penny dropped while looking for images. A synonym of scoot cycles a letter and puts a green prefix at the end.
14a Old messages when returning discharge roughly translatable pulses (4,8)
A synonym of discharge is reversed, adds on a roughly estimated about, and an anagram (translatable) of pulses.
18a Secret line-up as might gather in A-lists? (6,6)
We have a secret that is concealed, and a line-up of topics to be discussed at a meeting perhaps. If there is any wordplay in the rest of the clue it still eludes me. As gathers or conceals a line up or list, therefore the list of topics for a meeting is concealed by as. (Reverse parsed thanks to Gazza and Spartacus)
23a Count hearts — nothing that could shake up the pack (5-2)
26a Place to take top off if only females go? (4)
A top adds off after the females go
Is that Smylers? Unlikely but I bet he recognises it though.
27a Cash levy announced for essentials (5,5)
An informal term for cash and a homophone of a levy that Rishi Sunak is reluctant to call his “temporary, targeted energy-profits levy”
1d Man with noted prints in diary, travelling south of France (6)
The IVR code for France and an anagram for diary.
3d Turner lit up for display (9,5)
This turner is lit at displays on Bonfire Night.
7d Fairly good boxing in retreat (8)
A synonym of good in a religious sense contains (boxing in) a retreat for a bird perhaps.
9d Rush with kit to repair bowl over jelly (7,7)
I am not terribly fond of this jelly, Grandad Emm always said it smelt like a tart’s handbag! – An anagram of RUSH and KIT is followed by a synonym of to bowl over with pleasure.
15d Crevices a lively river’s following (9)
A from the clue, a synonym of lively and another appearance for the North Yorkshire River that graces Wensleydale without leaving its name there. Although it gets a plural ‘s from the clue
Plenty of crevices there on the river in question at Aysgarth Falls.
17d A record player I fixed in one day and connected (8)
Zandio has been generous here. A from the clue, someone who plays records on the radio perhaps I from the clue ONE from the clue and an abbreviation for Day. Put that together for something connected.
22d Aviation equipment boom involving commercial for oxygen (5)
A loud noise or boom swaps O for oxygen and replaces it with a small commercial plug.
A lovely piece from The E St Band posted in celebration of securing tickets to see them next year
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