Sunday Toughie 67 by Robyn (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Gazza
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SJB is off to Dublin today to see The Boss so I’m standing in to provide a few hints. I wasn’t expecting a Robyn today as he entertained us last Sunday but I’m certainly not complaining because he’s one of my favourite setters. He’s having a busy week because we can look forward to another Toughie from him on Tuesday.
I enjoyed this puzzle a lot – many thanks to Robyn.
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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Some hints for what I consider to be the trickier clues follow.
1a Don’t retire having got heavier, we hear? (4,2)
This sounds like (6,2) having put on a few pounds.
9a Flip out, having captured nothing on a chessboard (2,2,6)
Split your answer 3,1,6 and it could mean that you’ve captured nothing in a game of chess.
10a War poet‘s opening words of Ode to London? (4)
This is a famous WWI poet who was killed in action just before hostilities ceased. If you split his name 1,3 it looks like the start of an ode dedicated to (an archaic word for) a congested city, especially the great city of London.
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
19a Ken from Edinburgh, say, uttered refusal (4)
What the Scottish verb to ken means sounds like a refusal.
27a Red head welcoming way to become a darker colour (8)
A South American red and an informal word for the human head contain the abbreviation for a way.
28a Prune from France is sweeter than the others (6)
A verb to prune or trim and the French word ‘is’.
2d American tries as much as one wants (1,4)
An abbreviation for American followed by a try or attempt duplicated.
3d Lacking the brains to seize power, getting a little stick (9)
A phrase meaning lacking the brains or overly dense contains the physics abbreviation for power.
14d One commanding the faithful nanny to accept a charge (9)
A nanny employed during the Raj contains A and a charge (to cross a bridge, say).
17d Irish comic works gain ground (8)
A synonym of works or factory and an anagram (ground) of GAIN produce a spiky comic.
22d City founder dealing with problem arising (5)
One of the mythological twins who supposedly founded the city of Rome comes from a preposition meaning ‘dealing with’ and the reversal of a problem.
24d Officially sanction the grade below A minus (5)
The grade below A in an exam and a synonym of minus.
I really liked lots of clues here, including 11a, 23a, 3d and 16d. Which ones took your fancy?
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