Sunday Toughie No 61 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I think Robyn went a bit easier on me last night as the clocks went forward. We have 16a and 14d clues today and I have hinted half. I hope you find enough checkers to get the rest. The midwife that Mama Bee used to be was particularly amused by 8d and it was my favourite too, but 28a ran it close.
This isn’t getting the ring around the bath off (6a) so 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 Trio outside commercial pub not having a nap (10)
A trio, around a commercial and a pub is a well worn fabric that lacks a nap
Over-restored IMO the Repair Shop Bear Ladies would have done a more sympathetic restoration.
6a Add screening about to show nasty film (4)
A mathematical addition and one of our usual abouts is an early Ray Winstone film or the film around a bath when you haven’t had a boiler for a fortnight!
10a Energy cut in depressed region, creating damage (9)
A depressed region around an abbreviation for energy and a synonym of cut
The depressed region from hitting a deer on the way to work perhaps, What a year!
13a Old lady suggesting executed English monarch? (5)
A cryptic style of the regnal cipher of the monarch we executed in 1649 also a disagreeable old woman
15a Flirting from flipping coquette is too forward (7)
The Miffypops maxim of when in doubt look for a lurker came to the rescue here, a reverse one too (from flipping) in the rest of the clue
18a Inferior and under the weather, dropping out (2,5)
This synonym of inferior or ersatz is also a synonym of under the weather when out has been dropped
23a Military delaying time of a match (7)
An adjective relating to the military drops the t for time down the order to be an adjective of the nature of a match between a couple who make vows
28a With old English ex-PM touring, called for zest (6,4)
Abbreviations of old and English around a telephonic called for and a former Prime minister
2d Artist with sense drinking my bitter (9)
Our usual artist and some common sense around an expression of surprise suggested by “my” leaves a bitter taste
5d Upsets conductor on back of bus (7)
This conductor and the terminal letter of bus
8d Spy alternative option for Hamlet? One’s expectant (6-2-2)
James Bond’s boss, an alternative and one of Hamlet’s options from his soliloquy.
11d In case of trouble, stopping PC is clearly right (13)
In from the clue and the case letters of trouble inside a low ranking policeman
14d Pleasant crossing ring road that’s not too steep (10)The letter that looks like a ring and an abbreviated road go in a synonym of pleasant for something that is not too steeply priced
17d Training period of rifle carrying finished (9)
An act of rifling or plundering around a synonym of finished gives the state of learning when a student may attend a 19d
22d Northerner‘s short stay in French hotel? (5)
How someone French may cryptically describe an overnight stay is also an indigenous people of northern arctic regions
6a and 10a triggered bad memories today but 28a, 8d and 17d made up for it. which clues did you like?
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Sir Simon 5d conducting John Hendersons’ favourite composer;