Sunday Toughie No 29 by Zandio
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Zandio was the first to do successive Sunday Toughies (#8 and #9) and here he is again with #28 and #29. what’s the betting that I get Zandio on Friday when I stand in for Deep Threat again?
Not the trickiest Sunday Toughie ever tackled but still a good workout for the brain. I see that it is the free-to-access puzzle today, so a few more people should be able to have a go. I do wish the powers that be at the DT get the Sunday Toughie available on the app as that would also boost the audience for these fine puzzles.
Anyway here we go with an evenly split 14a and 14d clues half hinted.
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. Don’t go too far though as the village elders have been exercising the RED pencil on the Saturday Hints.
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.
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1a Total a couple of graduates retains is capital (5,5)
A synonym of total, is from the clue, a from the clue and a couple of (arts) graduates should get you to a capital city.
9a Body in NY on life support, letting things go (10)
The international organisation whose HQ is in New York, and the condition of a patient on life support.
15a One that’s down now, with a high-flying future? (4,8)
I feel a song coming on but any clip I use will give the game away. I will quote some lyrics instead;
…No feathers all stubby and brown
For in fact these birds in so many words said (you are)
The best in town, the best, the best
The best in town…
18a Surfer uses this gear seen in waves, worn by companion (6,6)
A partial anagram of three words in the clue and the two letters a companion of honour is entitled to use. If you want more try Google, Bing, Duckduckgo or similar.
24a Unhappily having starter of spinach (4)
A pre-position for a cooking style served in the manner of, adds the starting letter of Spinach.
25a Going over border, bad time to make journey (10)
A border is reversed and has synonyms of bad and time to be a journey to Lourdes or Santiago de Compostela perhaps.
27a Small meal, two kilos cooked, fine thing for a carnivore (5,5)
S for small, an afternoon meal, two letters that kilos suggest and an anagram of fine. Personally, I think that if you need one of these your meat is either poor quality or overcooked.
1d Delighted to see PR about model (6)
When an artist takes the relationship with a model or sitter to a more intimate level they may be likened to any of the nine goddesses of the liberal arts, you would be delighted to bung her in between some PR or publicity. Picasso seems to have tupped most of his models over the years but he was not the only artist to do so.
2d Receipt from pendant initially ten times as valuable (6)
A small pendant in which a photograph or keepsake can be kept loses its initial Roman numeral and replaces it with another ten times larger.
5d Book every defective vehicle (5,5)
A defective piece of software or app may be this, it follows an abbreviation for book and a synonym of every.
11d Travelling supporter that needs to be taken in hand (7-5)
A nice little &lit all in one, The support that someone perambulating may use, is carried in the hand.
Mama Bee ought to use hers a bit more but she is a bit stubborn about it.
14d Writing style roughly used in comic strip (10)
A synonym of style or sort, one of our usual rough estimates and an anagram of strip.
16d Repacked case and so on to go up in rocket (8)
A Latin phrase for and so on, is reversed and follows an anagram of case.
23d Famous site of raga’s composition? (4)
A little anagram to finish which needs little more than a pic to hint, it is the location of this famous site.
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I suspect Zandio would want some music from Matt Bellamy and friends for 1d but I have decided to offer a bonus hint for 3d instead.I bet he practised his 3d‘s a lot!