Sunday Toughie No 89
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Zandio didn’t keep me up too long last night, I hope he isn’t affronted that I may have missed something in 5d and 10a The question mark in 5d would suggest some slight and is 10a an &lit/all-in-one or a split double definition? I hope I have captured the gist
We have 14a and 16d clues today and I have hinted half
As it is a dry day here in deepest Yorkshire I will be trimming the Yew tree, but will keep an ear out for any extra nudges if required
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 Alien species confronted by Star Trek’s leading characters (7)
A variety, sort or type of a species is fronted by the leading characters of The Star Trek universe
10a Many a country group gets American uniform — confederate especially (9)
A group of countries that work for international peace and security, one of our “normal” Americas, a letter that uniform represents and a confederate. A far from “normal” split double definition
11a Clearly this should fill a vacancy in construction (10)
A cryptic definition of the clear parts that fill the vacancies in a construction
14a One makes a flying visit, not put off by lack of atmosphere (5,7)
Another cryptic definition of something that can fly with or without an atmosphere
22a Still figure to go to India on a railway (10)
An abbreviated numerical figure, the letter that India represents, the next two words in the clue and an abbreviated railway remain motionless
27a Perched adult will consume whole grub in segments (7)
Perched on a stool and A for adult consume the whole addition of parts
28a Keeling over, society girl fell when retiring here? (7)
An abbreviated girl on her introduction to Society, and an upland or fell are reversed (keeling over) Where you retire for the night
1d Team’s detailed work’s leaked or it’s parroted (6)
A group or team is de-tailed and work leaks or to be the noise a parrot makes in complaint or protest
3d Put fag out after number arrive repeatedly wanting Ecstasy and dope (10)
A number and a synonym of arrive both lack the drug Ecstasy followed by an informal to fag out or exhaust
5d Showing features in the middle flat at the front? (4-5)
The feature in the middle of your face is rather flat.
Maybe showing_front? defines the first word then the feature in the middle of your face
8d Pedestrian judge less biased in hearing (8)
Homophones (in hearing) of to judge the heft of something and less biased, define someone who is a pedestrian
13d Confident of fine meals, eating these on vacation (10)
Synonyms of fine and meals contain what remains of these when it has been vacated
15d Vehicle taken round bazaar, one with a place for tea (9)
A motor vehicle around a bazaar or festivities, the letter that looks like 1 and A from the clue, define a place where tea or other light meals may be taken
17d A member of Steps on a plane (2-6)
A collective term for a “member” of a collection of steps, or an adjective for that which is provided on a plane
24d Character appearing in both bible and thesaurus (4)
A biblical character appearing in thesaurus
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A lovely piece of music and although I like the E.L.P. version this is better