Sunday Toughie No 52 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Not as tricky as the New Year’s Day Robyn, but lots to like. Very musical today with lots of earworms from The Lone Ranger, Supertramp, Hall and Oates, Elvis and any beat 21a of your choice. Shakespeare gets a couple of look-ins too. I tried to take a pic of my BD 6d without revealing too much but I see I have revealed a crossing letter. They are both hinted so San Fairy Ann.
A balanced 14a and 14d clues today. Half hinted. Hopefully, you will get enough checkers to get the rest, but if you want another nudge just 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.
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 Am I going to reveal information about live opera? (7,4)
The first word ( also a synonym of to live or be) goes into a phrase that asks if one is going to reveal information, to be an opera.
8a It’s impossible, note, to invest in new food e-tailer (2,3,2)
N for note and an online grocery seller containing (invests) another n for new.
10a Nearly burning forest in play (5)
Almost all of a synonym of burning is a forest in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
11a Awfully nice, saving character dropped in EastEnders car fare (9)
The letter that people from the East End of London may drop goes in an anagram of nice, followed by a cheap Russian brand of car, becoming some tasty Mexican fare.
15a Reasonable person who serves in pub (7)
The public house you frequent contains someone who serves in the American Military.
22a Jaunt round Llanelli, ignoring the whole centre in port (7)
A jaunt, the letter that is round and what is left of Lanelli after it has been disheartened, give us a North African port.
23a To sleep – perchance to dream: ay there’s the…
24a Cry in agony with son going after comic books (6-5)
A cry and an interjection made when in agony, followed by a comical or eccentric person and s for son. The bookings that happen after minor transgressions on the football pitch.
1d Wife husband’s left harassed and offended (7)
A synonym for harassed loses the H for husband and follows W for wife.
3d The writer’s shame, concealing base wickedness (7)
A contraction of how Robyn may refer to himself, and a synonym of shame around the base letter of the natural system of logarithms. Any wicked act.
6d Piece of rope left on an overturned cart (7)
My 6d with BD’s handwritten name card, (and Elgar’s from the York S&B). We would normally be having a get-together next weekend but hopefully someday… Happy Birthday Big Dave’s Blog!
7d Voyager undertook this small step before many steps (11)
Lots of steps here, S for small, a step and a whole bunch of them together…
9d Test this funky old track in record we hear (4,7)
A verbal test, an anagram (funky) of this, O for old and some abbreviated tracks.
17d Time to forego pleasures? I try, in a dark patch (7)
A period of forgoing that runs from Ash Wednesday to Easter, I from the clue and an attempt or try is a dark patch of skin larger than a freckle.
21d Pole in Scotland metres away from curve in road (5)
A curve across the surface of a road loses a metric metre.
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See you on the other side Croz…