Sunday Toughie No 107
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Robyn starts with a Spoonerism today, but once over that hurdle, the rest went smoothly
The 2 & 16d combo was my favourite by the proverbial mile but plenty of others satisfied 10a 12a and 9d fight it out for my minor places
What was your favourite?
We have 14a and 16d clues today and I have hinted half – if any ones you find tricky haven’t made the cut I have some leeway to offer a nudge or two
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 Spooner’s pal greeting postman’s unwanted delivery (4,4)
An informal pal greeted like a Roman Caesar as treated by the Reverend Spooner
10a Person on a mission ran a bazaar in Moroccan city (6,1’8)
Diplomatic rather than religious. Ran like a bull, a from the clue and a Moroccan city that can be spelt several ways containing a synonym of bazaar
12a More possibly awful pain after moving out (7)
More possibly would have to be capitalised even if he didn’t start the sentence, The next five words are two anagram indicators, one for positional wordplay and two for the fodder
13a Not a single family stops me, when abroad, revealing attire (8)
How I refer to myself when abroad (in Francophone countries) around the condition of having not a single family member. Something revealing I wish I could unsee
15a More than one SEAT is really quick, mostly (5)
Here the capitalisation is deceptive, a two-word phrase for really quick loses its last letter
25a Emblem inspires character after a Yes record (7)
An emblem inspires the character that follows a and a synonym of yes
28a Region for hikers from north, during some change (8)
An abbreviation for north drops into the smallest bits of change in your pocket
Edale to Kirk Yetholm – I’ve done it twice!
1d Bully‘s hard on men receiving shocking treatment (6)
A hard grade of pencil, some shocking treatment and members of the armed services not holding commissions
2&16d Underground bosses in rapture, right to abandon hopeless crime lord (9,3,6)
Synonyms of rapture and hopeless (that abandons R for right) and a Mafia crime lord They manage the Underground and associated Capital Infrastructure
8d 2 tours function with small concern (8)
One of the modes of 2d around a mathematical function of angles and s for small
9d Partner of blind American, this person’s gushing (8)
A partner of blind (when swearing or cussing), one of the usual Americans and a contraction of something this person has
14d Brushing aside one good obstacle to wedding? (8)
The letter that looks like one, an abbreviation of good and an obstacle to a wedding ceremony if the Best Man forgets some important symbols of marriage
24d Writer of paper in Spanish keeping busy regularly (5)
A British newspaper, regular letters of busy and a Spanish in give us a Norwegian writer and playwright
25d Pierce Brosnan’s rear clad in frilly material (5)
Some frilly material contains the rear of Mr Brosnan
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