Sunday Toughie No 45 by Zandio
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I found this quite tricky last night, but sitting here and parsing it I don’t know why (I do now – I cannot spot an &lit for toffee). Zandio brings us a nice even 14a and 14d clues and I have hinted half (with a few bonus picture hints along the way)
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 Rejected heavy Greek product for lightweight stuff (7)
Start with a reversal (rejected) of being heavy (as a consequence of eating too much of the Greek foodstuff that follows perhaps) to create a light fabric.
9a Two rams possibly eating fruitcake and other food (9,6)
Two synonyms of ram surround a synonym of a slightly mad fruitcake.
12a Bird table that sits on a path? (4-5)
A water bird and a synonym of table sit on a path to prevent feet getting wet or muddy.
14a Drill filling gaps in emergency notices (5)
A Physical Training drill goes in the gaps between characters of the emergency radio call … – – – …
16a Last of 22 maybe joining offensive in navy? Much the same (5,4)
When you have cracked 22a the last name is a prince who maybe wishes to renounce the regal state we need for this clue, add an offensive joke we get a colour much the same as navy.
22a Detective with hound following male nobody (3,4,3,5)
A male cat, a private detective,a synonym of with and a synonym of hound as in to dog or chase, combine to be a placeholder for unspecified nobodies.
24a Looking very blue, paradoxically (3-4)
The colour of one’s ocular organs after prolonged bouts of being blue or sad may be another shade on the colour wheel.
1d One probes bad lot misbehaving (7)
An anagram (misbehaving) of BAD LOT and the letter that looks like one. An all in one or &lit. (The setter speaks – see below)
4d Some women stumped up to go after articles from London and Paris (5)
English and French articles and the cricket scorers abbreviation for stumped (reversed – up in a down clue)
5d Public road learner’s used in practice, apparently (9)
This adverbal synonym apparently is formed from something that is known to the public, an abbreviation for road, L for learner in a synonym of common practice.
7d One embodied in US wielding universal fiery bolt, unchained (6,2,7)
One of the concepts of the US constitution is to embody the division of federal and regional government, that regional division of the US (one of fifty) contains the film category universal for all viewers and is followed by an anagram (unchained) of FIERY BOLT. Another &lit
13d Look! Little jumbo may fall in it (3-6)
An interjection Look! to voice ones opinions perhaps and a synonym of little, related to the small part of clothing that it may fit in, combine to be a disturbance in the smooth passage of a Jumbo jet.
17d Tried retiring, added years — I seem to drop off regularly (7)
A reversal (retiring) of alternating letters (to drop off regularly) of the rest of the clue.
20d Sad-sounding creature that flies and talks, it’s said (5)
A homophone of the flying creature that mimics talking.
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