Sunday Toughie No 41 by Zandio
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Thanks to Gazza for stepping in to do the hints last week, I was busy boozing myself silly with Elgar, Dutch, Smylers, Fez and many other Big Dave and Fifteensquared alums and a great time was had by all.
It didn’t take too long to crack this last night but I am sure a skinful would have hampered me. I have hinted at half of an evenly balanced 28 clues and hope you have enough checkers to get the rest.
Here we go…
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 parsing failures, 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.
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1a Twisted Sixties youth cheats agent with American celebrity (12)
A sixties youth (who was distinguished by neat dress from rival Rockers), persons who cheat, and an abbreviation for a sales agent and finally two letters that indicate American. When you have got all that you reverse (Twisted) the lot for a word that describes celebrity.
10a Work too hard, getting cross after obvious answer (7)
A synonym of obvious, a for answer and the letter that looks like a cross.
14a One’s monitor, slightly twisted inside, must be flawed (9)
A contraction of a less formal ‘one is’, and a very slight internal reversal of a school monitor. (Not the monitor on the badge – that would be too easy)
16a Pat is simply not 14 (4,5)
An antonym (is simply not) of 14a
21a Arsenal not firing in this international contest (4,3)
This international dispute was all “Jaw Jaw” but the weapons kept in an arsenal were rarely used. As Ukraine will testify the current dispute is not quite so unheated today.
24a Times appearing twice — second time without article they delete (7)
A plural geological time period appears twice but the second time it loses the definite article.
26a Telegraph backing perjuror means it may be going downhill! (5,7)
Synonyms of telegraphic communication, a reversal (backing) of a perjuror and means are a mode of transport that goes downhill (and uphill but that would not be as friendly to the surface of the clue)
1d Confident, hosting female sex in excess (7)
A synonym of confident contains the letter that denotes female, followed by an informal sexual activity.
5d Beast came by ‘orse, we hear (3,4)
This beast is how someone who drops his aitches could claim to have arrived on ‘orse back.
7d Allow that woman to collar a raise and Parisian clothing (7,6)
To allow or permit, collars an a from the clue, a female pronoun, to raise a car to change a wheel and a Parisian and, create an item of clothing.
8d Former partner with cheeky humour quashing point one’s employed in court (6,7)
A former partner, something cheeky or impertinent, some humour and a point or headland are employed to testify in court.
15d Fragrant stuff — tip in or tip out (9)
I thought this was a simple anagram and a hint would not be required but I couldn’t make it fit any fodder in the clue.
After some deliberation, you need a synonym of tip (a cup of tea perhaps) in an anagram (out) of or tip
20d Rattling away, lift’s avoided by American always in a hurry (7)
An anagram (Rattling) of AWAY, LIFTS after A for American and an archaic Scots or Northern always are removed.
That doesn’t work – we need to keep the Y, I think we can remove both A’s by removing all the instances of that abbreviation for America from the fodder, leaving the rest as fodder for an adverb for rapid or in a hurry.
22d Contract clause involving shillings not pence — bit of a step up (5)
The contract clause that an artiste may insist on changes the d for pence (l.s.d.) to s for shillings to be the part of a step that lifts up between treads.
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