Sunday Toughie No 6 by ProXimal (Hints)
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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Hello from Yorkshire,
The dead tree has just arrived and I can confirm that this is a ProXimal.
I had to give it a good coat of looking at before it revealed itself but I got there in the end.
I would like to have hinted 11d as that was my trickiest solve but it remains only partially parsed. I will be lenient in the wielding of the naughty step about that clue.
I have hinted half of the clues and that should give enough checkers but if the gap created by 11d is causing problems I will toss in 27a as an anagram of first two words and the last word is the definition.
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!
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:
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1 Go round excavation blocked by a large stone (10)
We start with a synonym of go-round as in a circuit or trip or outing, add the sort of industrial excavation used to extract valuable resources, this contains (blocked by) a from the clue and the clothes label abbreviation for Large. Together we have a semi-precious gemstone found in many colours and places
6 Reported spend for stock (4)
A homophone of Spend, as in to spend ones resources sounds like the (female) stock The Yorkshire Shepherdess may keep
10 King taking in attendant turning a magnifying device (9)
The majestic title reserved for male monarchs (2 letters) go around (taking in) an attendant, reversed and attached to a singular, you have a device for magnifying sound
12 One new item’s breaking in last minute (13)
another lego clue, In from the clue, a synonym of last, the letter that looks like 1 and an anagram of item’s are scrambled together to fit the definition in its extremely small sense
15 Secured home to the west, having security code at front (6)
A wild mammal’s hidden home reversed (to the west)attach a Personal Identification Number to the front
21 People like Oliver Twist treasure star leader of urchins (13)
Twist is an anagram indicator the bit we need to anagrammatize are the next two words and the initial (letter of) Urchins. I am not sure how international this particular ‘Oliver’ is but when he stops telling us what our children should eat he has actually run (and closed) a few dining establishments.
26 One classed as noble, heartless admiral (4)
Our most celebrated Admiral loses his two central letters (rather than his right arm) to leave a noble gas.
1 Reduced pipe on a musical instrument (4)
A pipe loses its last letter and replaces it with an a.
3 Island’s green spaces in classic novel (9,4)
A particular island in the Irish sea well known to crossworders adds a plural ‘s and two green spaces for a classic novel.
4 Climbing alien creature put in film (8)
Our (possibly) overused cinema alien and a more generic creature are reversed (climbing in a down clue) give us a protective film. to cover or overlay (a surface) with a thin sheet of protective material, eg transparent plastic film.
8 Daughter gripped by plastered drunk providing support to get up (10)
An anagram of D for daughter and plastered
13 Cut in dole with rent going crazy (10)
Probably the finest (certainly expensive) cut of meat is an anagram of three other words in the clue
22 Two versions of sport split by area of country (5)
abbreviations for both codes of the sport played by men (and women) with odd shaped balls + a for areafor the opposite of an Urban lifestyle many aspire too.
Nice puff for my home region in yesterday’s Telegraph
Probably done wonders for house prices but nothing for young people trying to get on the property ladder
23 Decorators firstly agreed colours (4)
First Letter of Decorators and a term of agreement.
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