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Sunday Toughie 71 (Hints)

Sunday Toughie No 71

by Zandio

Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee

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 A not too toughie today, if you liked Zandio’s offering on Friday I commend this puzzle to the house.
I have hinted half of 14a and 14d clues but as ever some tricky ones remain unhinted and only partially parsed. To be a bit petty, I think I need a trichologist to attend to my frizzy locks caused by 8d today (Correction I have just seen the Cockney rhyming slang required) not obvious to this northerner.

A drink or two for the boozers and a snack for the 20d, I hope you find enough checkers to fill in the 11a’s lights


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. Dont forget the Mine of useful information that Big Dave and his son Richard so meticulously prepared for us.

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 What makes one upset, and jolly ready for a fight? (7-5)
The input that causes one to be upset and a synonym of jolly
Trigger's BroomTricky to find a picture of Roger Lloyd Pack smiling in his role, he usually had an air of bemused confusion

 Golf less energetic for one doing light work? (7)

A NATO radio code letter and a comparative for less energetic

Home where grass addicts are looked after (5,4)
A place where animals are intensively bred to eat grass to produce our daily pinta

Place offering better religious instruction (5)
A synonym of to better or outdo or surpass and the abbreviation for a school subject

19 cycling back to snack? (7)
When you have found the place in 19a cycle the first letter and append it to a reversal (back) of to

सूखी खुबानी के 6 फायदे : 6 Benefits of Dried Apricot in hindi

25a Off its lead, giant gobbling boxer from 19a? (7)
Crosswordlands ubiquitous but long gone boxer goes in an anagram (off) giant when the leading letter has been removed

Excited wench with grim dad’s accompaniment? (7,5)
The music that accompanies a Father as he takes his daughter down the 13a – an anagram (excited) of three words in the clue)


1d They come in pairs to break up (7)
A printers break is reversed (up) and follows a word from the clue

Fighter disguised as real girl in uniform? On the contrary (9)
The wordplay suggests that real girl goes in uniform, on the contrary means that actually the NATO radio code letter for uniform goes in an anagram (disguised) of real girl

Left after impression given by John Lennon? (7)
John Lennon is a definition by example, a nautical left follows a synonym of impression. formerly known as Speke

Basic mat protects old study with useful covering (5-3-5)
A small carpet around o for old, and something useful covering to study books

Idiot boxing is a new boy around here? (9)
An idiot “boxes” is and a from the clue, an abbreviation for new and an exclamation like boy! are all reversed (around) Here? tells us we are looking for where this boxer may practice his pugilism

Team’s gripping climbing equalled English record (7)
The letters that look like the Arabic number of players in a football team (not the usual Roman numerals) not forgetting the ‘s of teams, contain (gripping) a reversal (climbing) of a synonym of equalled, and add an E for English, to record a list

19d (not a hint just an excuse for a musical interlude)

Check shirt, say, with no flipping tax on top (3,2)
No is flipped and follows a synonym of tax or vex

That’s All Folks!

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A peaceful interlude…

12 comments on “Sunday Toughie 71 (Hints)

  1. Not as many ticks as I usually give a Sunday Toughie, but still enough to fill both across and down podiums. Across: 26, 10 and a tie between 11 & 24 for the bronze; Down: 8, 17 (can’t decide which of these two excellent clues I like best…) and 1. Altogether a very enjoyable puzzle, as always, from Zandio.
    Thanks, Zandio, and also thanks to SJB for his entertaining hints.
    P.S. I don’t think 25a uses an anagram, but may refer to a different ‘giant’ when the leading letter has been removed. The same letters are involved in both routes!

    1. Of course it is the giant who had a supposedly unsinkable ship named after him without his head, I did briefly wonder where the anagrind was but the whiskey I took to bed last night has killed off a few more neurons

  2. Zandio is as entertaining as ever – thanks to him and to SJB for the hints.
    Podium contenders for me were 19a, 24a and 15d with the palme d’or going to 8d.

  3. Super puzzle with smiles throughout the grid, as is the usual case with this setter.
    I liked lots, the super 1a setting the trend, I’ll also mention 12&21a plus 7&8d.
    Many thanks to Zandio and John…..I think your hint for 17d may need a slight adjustment to incorporate the S from the clue and an abbreviation for English.

  4. Hello, compiler here. Thanks for taking the time to solve, analyse and discuss.
    I hope you don’t mind me pointing out that in 26a the definition is the last word only — as it is the familiar accompaniment for an “excited wench and grim dad”.
    Thanks again for taking a look on such a lovely day. All the best.

    1. Oops a slip of the underliner now corrected, thanks for a fine puzzle

  5. Shouldn’t have heeded your recommendation, SJB, but 14a did raise a smile!
    Thanks to Zandio for his hard work.

  6. Brilliant puzzle, thanks to setter. Best clue this year is 26A!! Great entertainment; very enjoyable solve

  7. The grid fill was probably quicker than Dada but the parsing took longer & still hazy on a couple of ‘em. Liked the 4 peripherals plus one or two others. Generally enjoyed the puzzle but not nearly as much as his excellent Friday back-pager.
    Thanks to Zandio & SJB

  8. I have just finished it at breakfast having checked 1d with SJB. I couldn’t quite believe what I had entered but I think I am right. Many thanks Zandio for the amusement, particularly 26a, and to Sloop for his hints. And so we start another week!

    1. I had to look at my work-boots under the sideboard before the penny dropped there, meanwhile 14d in today’s back pager is vexing me somewhat

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