Sunday Toughie No 27 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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The crossword wasn’t too difficult by Sunday Toughie standards, As I was awaiting the midnight publication of today’s toughie I fell asleep with a wee 8d at hand. I awoke with a start and made a meal of dealing with network and printer problems into the small hours. Thankfully when I was able to access the puzzle it wasn’t too difficult, either that or my crossword skills have come on leaps and bounds over the last 27 weeks.
I may have detected a slight theme as I have quite a few answers with a Sci-Fi / Space theme but I may have been led astray by the Twitter meme that today is the actual birthdate of George Jetson.
Anyway here we go with an evenly split 14a/14d clues, exactly half of which I have hinted.
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! I think that sentence is a bit redundant. You have all been so helpful in sorting out prior failures of parsing and I am sure I will need similar help again.
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.
1a Pioneer maybe in walk wearing special clothing (5,5)
Maybe is a sure-fire indicator of a definition by example, start with a walk at a particular rate, enclosed in an abbreviation of special and some clothing for the first in my theoretical theme.
9a Head secures university finance to make recovery (6,4)
A slang term for the head secures the letter that university suggests, and gets some financial support.
13a Focused on Congress, game Republican stops inept bungling (8)
The game for 15 people with odd shaped balls, R for republican, go into an anagram of inept. An unhealthy interest in sexual congress.
15a Dishonest insolence in case of fraudster showing fabulous craft (6,6)
Synonyms of dishonest and insolence go in the case letters of FraudsteR.
18a Awkward exclamation about her gown, with it off (12)
A partial anagram (indicated by off) of an exclamation and three other words in the clue.
25a One fills Spanish outfit with fur that can be attained (10)
The letter that looks like One, goes between a Spanish “outfit” that play Fútbol and a type of lustrous dark brown fur from arctic and subarctic marten.
27a Like e.g. pretty ugly, nondescript coats tailor’s beginning (10)
We finish the acrosses where we started with another definition by example, of two words that separately have opposite meanings. A synonym of nondescript includes the beginning letter of tailor.
1d Zigzag by vehicle heading north in US rail system (6)
A synonym of zigzag, as applied to ship, aircraft ( or moon landers) and a type of vehicle are both reversed (heading north in a down clue)
3d Key defender, one bound to provide entertainment (12)
Five words of definition and two of word-play, top left on most keyboards and a defender by argument.
5d Intrepid hero agreed to enter Aylesbury area (4,6)
The radio codeword of agreement goes in the abbreviated county Aylesbury is in.
8d Medicine can treat stifling temperature (8)
A can, a treatment or remedy and T for temperature give us an alcoholic solution of a drug, in my case usually from the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
14d Papers plugging top spy film from Chicago? (10)
James Bond’s boss, our usual papers and an American film genre produce someone from the Chicago area.
17d One with second mate advanced through vast fog (8)
Synonyms of vast and fog contain the letter that advanced suggests for someone who has married again without declaring or annulling his first marriage.
23d Characters in goal touching region of pitch (4)
A lurker, pitch here being the range of a male singing voice.
I have other tenuous candidates for the Sci-Fi/Space theme but as it is a prize it may be better to save them for the review. Maybe Robyn will pop in and explain.
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Just a lovely piece of music I found while researching saxophones of a certain pitch..