Sunday Toughie No 99
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Zandio returns from his brief hiatus with a fine Sunday Toughie. a good mix of anagrams, reverse anagrams, lurkers and &lits and I have hinted at half of an even 14a and 14d clues
I still haven’t heard who or what we are getting in Sunday Toughie 100 on Christmas Eve, I have used up two of my Christmassy songs today I will have to find some more for then, in the meantime here is one of my favourite dogs from the interwebs on a steady winter walk near Lochnagar
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 Measure energy in home designed at either end without an arch (4-6)
An Imperial measure and an abbreviation of energy goes in between a home and either end of designed
12a Adventurers seeing 1,000 things, conceivably (7,6)
One of the abbreviations of 1,000 and an anagram of things, I think conceivably allows us to take the second part of our medieval chivalric adventurer as the reverse anagram indicator to change things
14a ‘Badge’ — flash number, good stuff (8)
Synonyms or abbreviations of the last four words define the `Badge` made by overlapping two or more letters to form one symbol
15a One may be extremely testy and shout (6)
A nice & lit, the extreme letters of testy and to shout in an aggressive manner, define a ruler who uses power arbitrarily and oppressively
21a Pinot? That could be the last straw! (8,5)
Another reverse anagram, the anagram indicator to change Pinot is the first word of our solution
25a Being followed by dog, wearing experience (5)
Being a member of and a low-bred dog combine to suffer a wearing experience
27a Steady! Nurse on a cycle tucked in hem in time (10)
To hem or contain livestock and T for time tuck in a senior nurse in charge of a ward when she has cycled one letter. A bit like our weather of late
1d Exploit members discussed, even in the other 1 (4)
An exploit or achievement from a homophone (discussed) of the member in 1a when even in number
4d Aerial picked up king getting put out (8)
Something aerial or above, a synonym of picked up loses its second kingly abbreviation
8d Diving boat overturned — one in fact about to make final stop? (3,7)
A boat that dives underwater is reversed, than an abbreviated numerical fact and one of our usual abouts, contain the letter that looks like one to be the final stop of many public transport journeys
11d In which comrades attack each other as much as the opposition? (5,8)
The topical yet never-ending struggles between different opinions from the same “governmental organisations” define this nice all-in-one or &lit (and literally so) – and I won a few bob on him in 1992
13d Semi-aquatic boa with 11 humps, writhing (10)
Nothing to do with the clue above, 11 provides us with two of the letters that look like 1, along with the boa and humps we have the 10 letters we need for an anagram (writhing) of something semi-aquatic
16d Exploit rented short-term homes? Betjeman would put them in his poems (8)
A (usually military) exploit, and rented homes provide two successive lines of rhyming verse that Betjeman or other poets may use
“I say, you’re awfully decent, Ted / Let’s find a place and go to bed.”
23d Order must be right, within reason (4)
Reason or understanding, right goes within, to give a document by which one is required or summoned to obey the law
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A tribute to a fine Christmas song – both of them…