Sunday Toughie No 33 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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A little rushed this morning, and as usual a parsing or two still elude me. particularly 14a where the wordplay is a mystery. 16 across and 14 down clues and I have hinted half. I have left the drinks unhinted (4a, 5d 25a) but the strong cider at 27a is a trademark proXimal extraction/anagram. The reverse lurker at 8d will have been heard by anyone who listened to the proclamation of King Charles III
Here we go folks…
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 review 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,re 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.
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1a Jerk cycling in hail on the move (6)
A convulsive jerk cycles its first letter to the last, it then goes in a Latin hail to the Virgin Mary.
10a Space with endorsement, say, having turned picture (8)
A printer’s space equal to half an em, the endorsement to travel that a passport may contain and a reversal of an abbreviation for say.
12a Prisoner shot holding air rifle regularly in defiant manner (10)
A prisoner common in crosswords and a shot, go or attempt, and alternate letters of AiR rIfLe. A nursery rhyme alleged to be about various Marys‘ may help.
15a Group of politicians bizarrely seen as rational (11)
One of the Houses of Parliament, and an anagram of seen. This rational behaviour is rarer than we think.
18a Flash article containing so outsize layer of precious metal (6,5)
Another nursery rhyme here and a bit more Latin, A short flash or instant of time, the definite article, a Latin so around an abbreviation for outsize.
21a Winged creature following grouse (4)
My avatar obliges me to mention this winged creature and an abbreviation of following.
24a Domestic military information to protect Royal Navy area (8)
Information about an enemy’s plans and movements contain abbreviations for the Royal Navy and area.
27a Scrumpy might be produced by this country farm, far away (6)
A rare definition that isn’t at the beginning or end of the clue, also a reverse extraction anagram. Scrumpy is an anagram of the country we seek and farm from the clue, after far has been taken away.
1d A new chief is source of much chaos (9)
First or chief, often used to give further emphasis to an already critical or disparaging epithet, goes into various bits from the clue, A from the clue, N for new, is from the clue and the initial (source) of much.
3d Chamber’s opening left covered in grain (9)
The opening of a volcano perhaps and a grain around L for left
7d Man grabs giant, totally unbridled, horse (7)
Totally unbridled is the wordplay, it suggests removing the outer letters of the first three words of the clue.
11d Out of date, we’re told, scrap creamy food (7,5)
A bit more about the breeding of horses here, a synonym of out of indicating the dam of a pedigree animal, particularly horses, to become dated and a homophone (we’re told) of a scrap or brawl.
16d Particularly cool piano overturned in raid (9)
A raid or sudden rushing forth of troops contains a reversal (overturned in a down clue) of cool beyond freezing and P for piano.
17d Curses business charges? (9)
The fees or charges of an abbreviated businessman perhaps?
23d Scavenger beginning to rip neat clothes (4)
In crosswords neat is often used to suggest various bovines, the female of one of those bovine species goes around the beginning of rip.
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Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon king.
And all the people rejoiced and said:
God save the King! Long live the King! God save the King!
May the King live forever. Amen. Hallelujah.