Sunday Toughie No 97
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Robyn going a bit easier before Christmas I think, I have hinted just under half 😮 of 16a and 14d clues today so I have a bit of latitude to give bonus nudges if you need them.
The Reverend Doctor Spooner makes an appearance but seems quite benign today, I liked it and 3d and 25a today but I am sure there are other candidates for your podia
I haven’t heard if anything special is planned for Sunday Toughie 100 on Christmas Eve yet, but It will probably be a sterner test than this, I hope Chris Lancaster goes easy on us and includes it in advance copies he usually sends to CrypticSue
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 Spectacles in fair ground? There’s singing about it (10)
Fairground is usually written without a space, here the space separates the fodder from the anagram indicator, put the singing around it when you have
Here is a song about a trip to the fair, Annie Haslam provides the singing…
10a Hollywood celeb not in shot after parting remark (9)
Cilla Black’s informal parting remark leads an anagram (shot) of not in
12a Twain book about sailor on whiskey (7)
A large, usually scholarly, book goes about the letter that whiskey suggests and a sailor of lowly rank gives us an archaic adjective rather than the American author the capitalisation suggests
“I clumb up the shed and crept into my window just before day was breaking. My new clothes was all greased up and clayey, and I was dog-tired.” Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
15a Somewhat disheartened accountant getting sack (1,6)
Remove the heart from an accountant (do they even have them?) add a synonym of sack in the sense of ransack or pillage, split according to the enumeration and you have the somewhat insignificant answer
23a Spooner’s put red meat in herbal seasoning (3,4)
A synonym of put and red meat is Spoonerised to be the herbal seasoning I wrap around a Bouquet Garni
25a Relish drinking vermouth, case of grenadine and one German spirit (9)
The relish we get from the skin of a lemon drinks an informal term for vermouth that indicates the country it comes from, the case letters of grenadine and the letter that looks like one
28a What Jim Morrison did entrances (5,5)
A double definition, easy if you can recall the band that Jim Morrison lead
1d Clothing store’s clothing filling the box up (4)
The clothing letters of store and an abbreviation for the gogglebox are reversed (up in a down clue)
3d Receiving poor remuneration, lumberjack’s work generates sympathy (6,7)
A lumberjack’s work to bring trees to the ground contains a paltry sum. There appears to be a missing i in 3d both on the old and new puzzles site I have taken the liberty of correcting it here, and avoided the obvious Monty Python song
8d Hot after moving around carefully (10)
A synonym of around or approximately follows an anagram (after moving) of HOT
11d Fiancé follows sister accepting work that isn’t supposed to amuse (2,3,8)
A sister in a religious order accepting an abbreviation of work, a Fiancé follows
14d Maybe twenty winks before noon, or fewer than that? (4,1,5)
If forty winks is a short nap twenty would be what proportion? Add n for noon and you have fewer than that
24d Letters from abroad satisfy revolutionary (4)
The plural of the seventh letter of the Greek alphabet is also a synonym of satisfy when reversed (revolutionary)
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