Sunday Toughie No 85 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Robyn gave me a bit of a hard time on the parsing front last night, but I think coffee and contemplation this morning have cleared the mist, much the same as the weather here, which was cleared by some spectacular lightning last night.
I learned about the firstborn son of Isaac who was red-headed and noticeably hirsute at birth, born with his twin Jacob clutching his heel
I don’t think I have noticed a 15a and 15d grid in the toughies before but I have hinted at half, and I offer to help with those clues that didn’t make the cut
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 What caretakers do you said bores legwear model (5-3)
What the temporary caretakers who feed the cat and water the flowers do, from the sound you make when you say you, it goes into some fine legwear followed by what a model does for an artist.
11a Protested after crew member put in post is scatty (6-6)
An abbreviation for the lower ranked members of the crew of a ship, to have posted a letter perhaps and a form of protest where you indicate that you care about a subject
13a Go to the end of the musical passage and turn right…
15a Firm, disheartened, want to limit yearly waste of stock (6)
An abbreviated firm, what remains of want when disheartened goes around (to limit) an abbreviated Latin term for yearly. Apparently, bovine livestock produce 7-10 per day. Fortunately, insects break down and dispose of them or we would be knee-deep in no time.
16a Tablets and precious metal figure in the Bible (4)
Abbreviated tablets (plural) of Ecstasy and the chemical symbol of a precious metal give us the hirsute son of Isaac
17a Tip for Spurs — both sides will contain ball players (5)
A candidate for THE LIST. Both sides contain the ball-like letter and a term for one of the teams at Bridge, named for the compass points at which they sit
23a Sear and e.g. roast outside of pork pie for comic figure (7,5)
To sear the outside of meat, to mislead by telling a “pork pie” and the colour of well-roasted meat provide a much loved comic figure
27a Angry about what was a capital university (8)
Angry goes about a former capital city that was replaced after re-unification
28a Eating rubbish, uptight person acquires bulge (8)
Some rubbish or decay is acquired by an uptight person
2d Steer round North Island and answer people at Christchurch? (8)
The steer that gave its name to the shallow river crossing on the Thames where Christ Church and other colleges are situated, the round letter, the abbreviation for North Island and an answer. I was somewhat confused by the New Zealand references until I remembered that Christchurch is on the South Island
3d Conservative feeling less 4? (6,6)
Numbers in crossword clues usually refer us to other clues but here the ? mark is a definition by example, 9? or 16? would be next. A somewhat rectangular Conservative, and to feel less when you have slept on your laptop as I did last night whilst trying to make clue 4 fit!
6d Obstructive car put in reverse, I state (8)
An adjective for opposed or obstructive, from a small car put in reverse, I from the clue and an abbreviation for a US State
12d Does this indicate Greenland is American? (3,9)
A resident of six North-Eastern States, A reverse anagram in that the anagram indicator forms the first word of the answer and Greenland is the fodder to be anagrammed
17d Shiner of socialist worker, say, punched by soldier (3,5)
The colour associated with socialism, and one of the worker insects contains (punched by) an American soldier
19d Impolite Biblical guardian might have spoken thus? (8)
Archaically how someone biblically may address someone they are the guardian of
24d Blithe, like 16 Across in East London (4)
How someone from East London (who drops his aitches) may describe the hirsute 16a
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We lost a good one last week. For 20 years Bruce Guthro was the voice of Runrig, It was a highlight of my gig going to see them at their last performances in Stirling in 2018
There must be a place
Under the sun
Where hearts of olden glory