Sunday Toughie No 35 by Zandio
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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A not-too tricky Sunday Toughie from Zandio today. I cannot confirm whether it was harder than his Friday offering as work and Mama Bee curtailed my cruciverbalism that day.
Several cups of 16d were required to parse a couple and I hope I have got them now, please feel free to correct me if you disagree. I have hinted half of an even 14a/14d, but even so, there are quite enough hard ones unhinted. I think I have the latitude to help with a few bonuses if you want more hints, just ask away and I will try and help.
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.
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1a East End slang’s double Dutch? (6)
The crime of having more than one “Dutch” if you are from the East End of London and refer to your spouse in that way.
12a Walked round — which staff’s occupied or inactive? (7)
To walk step or tread is reversed around to provide staff for a position.
13a Blackbeard and Calico Jack maybe travel across ocean westwards (7)
Maybe suggests that we have a definition by example, Those names are not the ones their Mamas gave them. How they travel across oceans and the oceans they travel upon are both reversed.
14a Oscar said, Age chooses to regenerate — a fool’s errand (4-5,5)
A homophone of Oscar’s surname and an anagram of Age chooses should produce this fool’s errand.
“The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”
Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills…
17a Two French articles aired query into gambling — dirty stuff here? (7,7)
A bit of Lego here, the French articles for the and a, what you do when you have aired clothing, and some gambling around a query.
24a High-handed staff with US A&E that’s facing raging flu (9)
The staff on which a flag may fly, the American term for our A&E and an anagram (raging) of FLU
26a Most of its vehicles are big or small in length (8)
Where a large seagoing vessel is built is the vessel itself and a small length that is equivalent to 914.4 millimetres.
27a Sign of cat eating small creature that sits beside house? (4-2)
The structure that relies on an adjoining house for support, is also an astrological sign around a small creature.
1d You’ll need help on clues like this — give in? (4,4)
A transitive verb to help or support and the type or direction this clue is the first of.
3d Has to report missing black horse (7)
5d Trouble with grit one’s found in bed (3-5,6)
The trouble that a missionary in a cannibal’s pot may face and the grit or bravery he will need may keep him warm in bed.
8d Grilled, it may cause gluttony — fifth sin a Dantean keeps up (6)
I do miss the rind on bacon – this well-known producer used to double underline its name leaving a double stripe on the edge. Also a reverse lurker.
16d Strong drink opponents love guzzling squash (8)
Two of the opponents at a Bridge game, the letter that love represents in tennis, around (guzzling) a synonym of squash.
This book and the new Richard Osman Thursday Murder Club book are currently on my bedside reading pile.
This hinty blog was disrupted by the unputdownability of the latter, and put back on track by advice from the former.
19d What will eat idly with no limits? Pigs do (7)
I almost missed the definition here, to do or con someone is of or relating to pigs and the central letters (with no limits) of another word in the clue.
22d Light soups, occasionally with a roll, healthy food (5)
Alternate letters (occasionally) of Light soups, reversed (with a roll)
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I will mark the end of the official mourning for our late queen with this…