Sunday Toughie No 36 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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The top half today fairly flew off my keyboard last night but I slowed down in the south. I still finished in a fastish time for a proXimal.
A surfeit of fish (2d et passim) today and even a drop of booze (3d 23d) gin and a glass of Italian sparkling wine (6d)
I have hinted half of an uneven 16a and 14d but welcome discussion about unhinted clues that may have just missed the hardness cutoff.
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, 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 Everyone filling favoured platform (6)
Put a synonym of everyone in a favoured companion.
10a Gap in timber that’s broken reportedly (8)
The cheap timber that is used to make the above often has these, the bits of timber that fall out are called (by me) “Rocking Horse Droppings” also a homophone (reportedly) of that’s broken.
15a Come tenth (before some characters) after holding first in race for so long … (11)
Some more Italian to go with the wine at 6d, A synonym of to come and the combining form denoting a tenth part, include the initial (holding first) letter of race.
18a … expected winner that might make face-plant? (5-6)
A synonym of face and a plant that has a rooting stem that runs along the ground
22a Time after strain, have ramshackle place to live (10) This is the sort of strain we need. stick some time and to have after it.
24a Avoiding terrible rip-off, inflation-proof plastic is fanciful (8)
A trademark proXimal™ extraction anagram – remove rip-off from inflation proof and anagram what remains. Two anagram indicators (terrible) as rip-off is removed in bits and (plastic) to anagram what remains.
25a Mostly seafood covering over light dish (6)
Most of the seafood that is the main ingredient in moules marinière, around o for over.
27a Nuisance occupying loft that’s insufficient (6)
A slightly unusual synonym of loft that is an upper region or height (or a verb for the place a lofted ball may go- thanks Gazza) contains a devilish nuisance.
1d Person in court‘s simple dispute (9)
Two synonyms for simple and an informal dispute give us a legal commencer of a case in court.
5d Opposing method raised in meeting (12)
A coming together or meeting contains a reversal (raised) of a method or skill.
7d Experts upset salesman, 20 (7)
20d is our definition by example so go sort that one out first and a synonym of professional experts and a reversal of a salesman will fulfil that definition.
8d Variable excluded by inactive people to become active ones (5)
inactive people who take lots of naps lose the variable and become more active in the process.
11d Way hard parts of earth disintegrated (12)
I had a bit of a hard time parsing this one, but I think it is just an anagram (disintegrated) OF EARTH and a synonym of hard. I wasted too much time on rare earth elements and h for hard.
20d See small plant coming up beneath black flower (7)
More parsing trouble here, but I think the small plant is found in boglands it is reversed and follows B for black and an interjection to look or see.
23d Drain alcohol after removing top (4)
We finish with some more informal alcohol but remove the initial before drinking.
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