Sunday Toughie No 100
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I was hoping for something a little more Christmassy or celebratory for Sunday Toughie 100 but we have a fairly standard Sunday Toughie from Robyn today, anagrams and lurkers are unhinted but some obscurities may need an extra nudge, just ask and I will help
I will decorate the blog with our Christmas Plates starting with 1976 up there, Don’t tell Mama Bee about the dust, I am not fluffing around with the feather duster whilst they are up there Pretend it is just the snow falling on the Blog and move on
We have 14a and 14d clues and I will hint half
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. Don’t 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 Pitiful, drained performers suppressing flowing tears? It helps if one has a break (7,4)
What remains of pitiful when drained, an anagram (flowing) of tears followed by the group of performers in a theatrical production may help when one has fractured a limb
11a Artist may drink nothing, keeping off the sauce (9)
A synonym of may, a drink made without hops, the letter that looks like nothing and the abbreviation for one who doesn’t drink alcohol combine to give us an 18th-century Venetian painter
12a Around Trojan, running horse may wear this (9)
We have had this horse garment before, one of our usual abouts and a synonym of running or working go around the Trojan son of King Priam who fatally wounded Achilles
16a Gents maybe given a punch, getting a shiner (4,4)
Gents as a synonym for the toilet, a from the clue and an informal punch come together to give us something that shines
26a Stop Annie, say, ignoring article about one natural number (9)
A synonym for stop and the fact that Annie was deprived of her parents but swap the indefinite article for the letter that looks like 1 to give us a natural pain killer produced in the brain and pituitary gland
27a Runner‘s day cutting across the Atlantic (5)
An abbreviation of day cuts into the location of someone across the Atlantic. Something that runs along the valleys of the Himalayas, India and Pakistan
2d Boost for one you heard breaking record (3-2)
A record or album contains an example (for one) and a homophone of you
5d Church rules soon broken by nipper? Quite the reverse (5,3)
The wordplay suggests that the synonym of soon contains the synonym of a nipper, Quite the reverse allows us to change that so the nipper contains the soon to fit the definition
6d Note piece of classical music in conservatories, say (7)
A note on the Tonic scale and an operatic piece of music defined by conservatories as a place allowing exposure to sunlight
8d Vessel’s equipment in vessel carrying barrel over Great Lake (8)
An obscure part of a wind powered ship, from an abbreviated steam ship containing a large barrel, an adjective for Great as in the formal designation for the Great North Road between London and Edinburgh, and a map abbreviation of Lake
9d Dream of Felicity’s desserts one’s swallowed in March (5,8)
Desserts of stewed fruit mixed with cream or custard, and a March which has swallowed the letter that looks like 1
The Eleven Pipers Piping look like they are on such a “March” but somewhat artistically distributed by the artist
21d Dress down, touring round western exterior of Jersey? (7)
To dress down or scold/rebuke around the round letter and the abbreviation of West, the exterior surface of a Jersey after it has been processed in a tannery
25d Gift sent unwrapped requiring payment now (5)
What remains of sent when unwrapped and a word that means payment is required now, to gift or provide with
I suppose all twelve of the “gifts my true love sent to me” cover the hint here
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I have used up a lot of time and webspace with my pics so will limit the music to a rendition of Once in Royal David’s City
That’s All Folks…