Sunday Toughie No 70 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I started well last night but got a bit bogged down in the end, the very clever 11d lightened my mood. I have hinted half of an uneven 16a 14d clues but as usual some still tricky clues have hit the cutting room floor.
With 20d I may be missing something that no amount of Laphroaig (here finished in strong white 19d casks) last night or coffee this morning can entirely explain, I have the little Spanish girl and the Spanish word for is, but I cannot see the indicator that allows me to reverse her?
Thanks to Robyn for a fairly floughie toughie, with all the clues linked to 11d is that a theme?
And finally a get well soon to Robert, The blog and I have missed your erudite comments
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 What’s in odd places in rarer school subjects (3,5,2)
The odd letters of a word in the clue define the essential school subjects
10a Baggy garment’s advantage over wearing animal hides (4,5)
An advantage, a crickety over in the hide of hairy animals, technically these are a bit long but I couldn’t resist
12a Lasted longer than wino, not in eccentric clothes (7)
A synonym of eccentric clothes wino without in
15a Something written in stone in English mansion (7)
Abbreviations for English and fourteen pounds in weight and an informal term for a large house
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (but not crosswords!)
– The Bible
1 Corinthians 13:11
18a Everything I put in glue number 31 in the lab? (7)
Synonyms of everything and glue around I from the clue
23a Acceptable way to leave Galway or area north of it (7)
A synonym of acceptable and what remains of Galway when way is removed is a county of the Irish Republic to the north of Galway and Mayo
26a Pacific deity Frenchman found on island (5)
A peaceful Greek goddess, from a typically Frenchman’s name after an abbreviation for island
28a Note right reporter’s quoted, taking the long view (3-7)
A note on the tonic scale, R for right and a homophone (reporter’s) of quoted
1d Rubbish answer, which may be my final word (2-2)
a synonym and an abbreviation – that’s all goodbye
3d Cheer up around Saint Richard, formerly dismayed (5-8)
A synonym of cheer up around an informal name for Saint Richard
7d Leader no longer getting support (5)
How soon we forget… jockstraps have stayed in place longer than this PM
8d String player receiving nothing, working musician (10)
A string player contains the letter that looks like nothing, and a synonym of working, to become a musician in a different section of the orchestra
11d Clingy like 1, 10, 12, 23, 25 Across and 14, 20 Down? (6-7)
Come back to this one when you have solutions to the list of clues given, you may notice they have something in common
14d By the sound of it, hang on bar that’s very light (10)
Synonyms of “hang on” and “bar that” are extremely light
24d Feeble character in Little Dorrit’s opening
A synonym and an opening letter
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Some excellent 8d’s here
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