Sunday Toughie No 71
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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A not too toughie today, if you liked Zandio’s offering on Friday I commend this puzzle to the house.
I have hinted half of 14a and 14d clues but as ever some tricky ones remain unhinted
and only partially parsed. To be a bit petty, I think I need a trichologist to attend to my frizzy locks caused by 8d today (Correction I have just seen the Cockney rhyming slang required) not obvious to this northerner.
A drink or two for the boozers and a snack for the 20d, I hope you find enough checkers to fill in the 11a’s lights
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. Dont forget the Mine of useful information that Big Dave and his son Richard so meticulously prepared for us.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions. Some hints follow: Remember the site rules and play nicely.
1a What makes one upset, and jolly ready for a fight? (7-5)
The input that causes one to be upset and a synonym of jolly
Tricky to find a picture of Roger Lloyd Pack smiling in his role, he usually had an air of bemused confusion
11a Golf less energetic for one doing light work? (7)
A NATO radio code letter and a comparative for less energetic
16a Home where grass addicts are looked after (5,4)
A place where animals are intensively bred to eat grass to produce our daily pinta
19a Place offering better religious instruction (5)
A synonym of to better or outdo or surpass and the abbreviation for a school subject
23a 19 cycling back to snack? (7)
When you have found the place in 19a cycle the first letter and append it to a reversal (back) of to
25a Off its lead, giant gobbling boxer from 19a? (7)
Crosswordlands ubiquitous but long gone boxer goes in an anagram (off) giant when the leading letter has been removed
26a Excited wench with grim dad’s accompaniment? (7,5)
The music that accompanies a Father as he takes his daughter down the 13a – an anagram (excited) of three words in the clue)
1d They come in pairs to break up (7)
A printers break is reversed (up) and follows a word from the clue
3d Fighter disguised as real girl in uniform? On the contrary (9)
The wordplay suggests that real girl goes in uniform, on the contrary means that actually the NATO radio code letter for uniform goes in an anagram (disguised) of real girl
5d Left after impression given by John Lennon? (7)
John Lennon is a definition by example, a nautical left follows a synonym of impression. formerly known as Speke
7d Basic mat protects old study with useful covering (5-3-5)
A small carpet around o for old, and something useful covering to study books
15d Idiot boxing is a new boy around here? (9)
An idiot “boxes” is and a from the clue, an abbreviation for new and an exclamation like boy! are all reversed (around) Here? tells us we are looking for where this boxer may practice his pugilism
17d Team’s gripping climbing equalled English record (7)
The letters that look like the Arabic number of players in a football team (not the usual Roman numerals) not forgetting the ‘s of teams, contain (gripping) a reversal (climbing) of a synonym of equalled, and add an E for English, to record a list
19d (not a hint just an excuse for a musical interlude)
22d Check shirt, say, with no flipping tax on top (3,2)
No is flipped and follows a synonym of tax or vex
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A peaceful interlude…