Sunday Toughie No 43 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I found this at the difficult end of the Toughie spectrum, equivalent to a Thursday or maybe Friday Toughie rather than the somewhat gentler Tuesday level that Zandio says Mr Ed. is aiming for. I needed my dictionary for a couple of obscurities, (if the unit of magnetic field strength was the first thing to mind you are a better cruciverbalist than I)
When the long down clues revealed themselves I picked up the pace a little but it was still a bit of a grind (rather like an 8d innings!) With 20d I have a definition and an answer but the wordplay eludes me, any ideas?
Anyway, this isn’t getting the baby bathed.
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.
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1a High crime? Glad about Italy acting to clean up (10)
An anagram (high) of crime, glad and the IVR code for Italy for something used to get a hygienic clean.
10a One’s left this area, with slender horse going around (9)
An inheritance that you are left in a will perhaps, is a for area, a synonym of slender, in a small horse.
12a Hot cakes left, sweet food (7)
Hot as in the proceeds of crime and L for left. Is this the first Christmassy clue of the season? I had my first 12a only yesterday.
Mine came from Aldi but the Bettys version above is not available until the 26th November.
15a Unit of soldiers seizing English horse heartlessly (7)
Other ranks of soldiers around E for English and a synonym of a horse without its central letter. Follow the instructions and get out the BRB as I doubt this word for a unit of magnetic field strength named after a Danish physicist is in common use.
20a Queen, perhaps, with new place to get liquor (7)
The nominative female pronoun and my favoured avatar go with n for new. An illicit Irish liquor shop.
25a Watery drink picked up somewhere in Surrey (9)
A synonym of watery, as in overdiluted and a homophone of a fermented honey-based drink combine to give a riverside location in Surrey of historical note.
27a Stone axes happening to be found towards the west (4)
Something happening or occurring and the axes on a graph (their usual alphabetical order is reversed (from the west in an across clue)
28a Attractive, e.g. on posing in image? (10)
A temperature-based synonym of in and anagrams of e.g. and on go in an abbreviated image.
1d Scoff huge rolls, getting energy (4)
A verb to scoff at is a reversal (rolls) of a synonym of huge and e for energy.
3d Dressed for summer ahead, after rejecting American play hard to get (2,5,6)
How you may describe wearing trousers suitable for the summer, a synonym of ahead and play from the clue after A for America has been rejected.
8d Spurning last of scampi in batter — no good! (10)
The last letter of scampi and an abbreviated no good follow an obdurate Yorkshire batsman.
11d Robyn’s on seedy food, accepting such consumption isn’t wise (7,6)
The seed of leguminous plants as food goes in a phrase our setter Robyn, may use when it is his round at the bar.
14d Where to find better game? Look round estate, say (5,5)
A three-card game to be avoided as it is usually a scam, a vehicle of which an estate is an example and a synonym of look, give us a place renowned for betters who gamble.
19d Uncovered king given check where there’s a castle (7)
A Welsh place where there is a castle, Our new king loses his covering letters and adds the chess notation to place in check.
24d It’s put on after bathing in continental climate (4)
We finish with a lurker (in) the last two words of the clue, I got all the way to the last clue before I got a start today!
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I am going to see Bellowhead next Friday so here is a bit from them. Voldemort will be there too so we can have a bit of a catch-up while we try to get to the bottom of the barrel.