Sunday Toughie No 104
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Robyn is back today, it is not the first time one of our triumvirate of Sunday Toughie Setters has had sequential puzzles. Zandio brought us Sunday Toughie 8 and 9 and 28 and 29, and Robyn did it again with 66 and 67. I wonder if he is going to have a multiple-linked clue this week. We’ve had figure-hugging numbers, Guard-dogs and last week’s theme which is still sub judice until the review is out Wednesday
Robyn is in the lead on 37 Sunday Toughies, with proXimal on 35 and Zandio on 32
I wrote that while hacking and coughing before a sleep-deprived night and I can’t detect a theme. I found it quite tricky to do and I kept at it as I was more comfortable while busy. We have a sure-fire candidate for THE LIST™ (Terence) in 20d and some tricky parsing. Yesterday we had a few comments where the very act of typing a plea for help aided the brain cells and as soon as the request was sent the answer came to mind. I had the same thing with 15a whose parsing came in a flash just as I sent a plea for help to the Answerbank. You are all clever enough to get there too but if I have left any gaps on the cutting room floor please ask
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.
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1a Harry S Truman securing time for pets (8)
Harry here is an anagram indicator, take his middle initial and surname and t for time to produce the pets that a troublesome child may throw
12a Adult bears regularly live without oxygen? One of these can’t (6)
An adult, regular letters of bears and to live or exist go outwith the symbol for oxygen
13a Writer‘s work defended by provocateur with energy (8)
Abbreviations of a piece of work and energy follow (defended by) a provocateur that stirs up trouble on social media platforms or Norse myths
15a Having possibly lousy diet, I sense, limits camp Welshman (13)
Not necessarily a bad diet but one we should consider. I from the clue, some common sense, a camp or body of followers of an extreme movement around a Welshman whose name is most associated with a train
18a Blooming small church, where Tuscans are round it (13)
An abbreviation of small and one of the church go in a place where many Tuscans live
27a Brazil perhaps welcomes cut in French food (9)
To cut into shape and the French for in going in a Brazil as an example of the hard-shelled seed
29a Traveller‘s fighting to save variable travel expense (8)
A serious fight between nations contains a mathematical variable and the cost of travel
1d Did model put up with obsession in Pacific state? (8)
To model for an artist in the past tense is reversed (put up) and a synonym of an extreme obsession for a state in the Southern Pacific
6d Scorer of classical composition holding rising note (7)
A musical composition of the Baroque era that contains a principal theme and around various episodes or couplets holds a reversal (rising in a down clue)of a note on the tonic sol-fa scale
8d What crowd does with loud Republican songs, given a new direction (6)
R for Republican and the types of songs they like to sing, but one of the compass directions within is changed for another
16d Drops PR work on overall message (9)
What PR advisors do to develop misleading messages and the general meaning or direction a message may take. Fine snow, sand or sea spray driven by the wind
19d Leaves chore carrying crude oil on base (7)
A chore that a schoolboy may be forced to do for another around an anagram of oil and a base letter
20d Ancient chicken is that thing I put in cheap eatery (7)
This is the sure-fire candidate for THE LIST™ Terence That thing and I go in a cheap eatery and get your BRB out to check this ancient noun for a despicable or cowardly fellow
25d Poet wasting day climbing peak in Europe (4)
An Italian poet wastes D for day and when it is reversed (climbing in a down clue) you get a peak in Europe
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