Sunday Toughie No 98
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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We haven’t seen Zandio for a while – maybe they are saving him for the big one hundred on Christmas Eve
proXimal a little tougher than last time and a couple of pesky little four letter words took most of my parsing time last night
We have hints for half of 14a and 16d clues today
Here we go, Folks…
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 return with the full review blog just after the closing date. 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. Don’t forget the Mine of Useful information that Big Dave and his son Richard so meticulously prepared for us.
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9a Ancient civilisation in hope to turn foreign agents (9)
An anagram (to turn) of the preceding two words, followed by the agents who work covertly on behalf of the American government
11a Chosen extremely retro type of music (7)
What we do to choose our Politicians and the extremes of retro give us a type of music exemplified by the acknowledged forefathers of this genre…
13a Organiser that woman used to pen about matter half-heartedly (9)
Matter is a comparative of something that is more matt and has a less shiny surface, a six-letter synonym has one of the heart letters removed and goes after a term for that woman around one of our usual abouts
17a Told where you’d find students get on transport (7)
A homophone of the large residence where students are accommodated and to get on in years is how we used to refer to what is now known as “Logistics”
24a Fault spoilt coins: missing head (7)
A synonym of spoilt or rotten adds the smallest coins of the realm without its leading letter
26a Maybe primary suspect nicking article (7)
A definition by example (maybe) of the avian aids to flight, to suspect or doubt nicks a definite article
29a Maybe quantity of 17 fight beside lake to feed amphibian (9)
A fight for the ball that Rugby players do, and the cartographers abbreviation of lake are fed into an amphibian to be a quantity carried by a “Logistics” company
1d Disappointments of animated film series (6)
An animated film is followed by a series of tennis games
2d Quietly be indebted to Greek character and work for energetic person (10)
A bit of Lego™ A musical instruction to play quietly, to be indebted to, a Greek character and to work for combined to give us an energetic person
5d Old language of Spain regularly used on border with resistance mounting (8)
Regular letters of Spain followed by a border or edge but an abbreviation of resistance is “mounting” up the word order slightly
7d Dig US rapper endlessly (4)
An American rapper (whose parents call him Marshall Mathers III) loses both ends of his stage name, whose music I won’t inflict on you here
17d Nasty bears close to bobcat dens (8)
A synonym of nasty bears a closing letter – nice surface
18d Request stony-hearted rogue to dispose of dosh (8)
An anagram (rogue) of stoney-hearted after you have disposed of dosh
25d Out of order having stomach upset (4)
These last two haunted my dreams last night in the search for parsing but I think I have it now – A synonym of order or structure has its middle letters (stomach) upset
27d Cross mayor bringing up case of arson
The case letters of arson are brought from the bottom to the top of the surname of the current Mayor of London
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