Sunday Toughie No 37 by Robyn
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – +
I rattled off quite a lot of this last night, leaving the parsing, but it has taken several cups of coffee this morning to see the ins and outs of several. (Square Mile Red Brick espresso with tasting notes of raspberry, fudge, blueberry and chocolate today)
I have hinted half of an uneven 14a 16d clues but as usual, I still have quite a few clues that are quite tricky. I will try and help with extra nudges if requested.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions. Some hints follow: Remember the site rules and play nicely.
1a Actor playing W. Churchill on the radio loots bank (7,5)
The initial and surname of the actor who played Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour ( IMO a masterclass of acting and makeup) and a homophone (on the radio) of loots, in the pillage or plundering sense give us an investment bank.
10a One intended to jog round area’s left part (9)
Something intended to jog the memory around a for area gives us the part which is left after division.
12a High grade given by teacher having retired (4)
The highest grade goes by the Bachelors degree that a teacher may have.
13a Interpret late modernist writer (7)
A prefix for late as in dead goes in front of the late modernist poet who died in 1972.
22a A little glower from cavalier in hasty retreat (5,5)
A hasty retreat contains a synonym of cavalier, light or insubstantial. This reminds me it is time to trim the tree before Christmas.
25a Daughter leaves second-class cereal in dish (9)
This one tripped off my keyboard but the parsing eluded me for some time. I saw D for daughter and the letter that second class indicates, and finished with a cereal grain. The 500 leaves of paper were harder to explain until caffeine had percolated through my braincells.
27a Fabled curative which may be plucked from lab? (4,2,3,3)
This fabled curative for a hangover (it doesn’t work I know!) may be plucked from the fur of a Labrador.
1d Regular servings of iced gin, rum, and spirits (5)
Take the odd letters of iced, add gin and anagram them (rum) to get some plural spirits.
4d Big rival from e.g. Tyneside, footballer with tail up (7)
Take a footballer whose first name is Lionel move the tail letter up one and stick it after the compass point that Tyneside suggests. A big rival or opponent who cannot be beaten.
5d Got off, needing appeal after call to dismiss case (4)
dismiss the case letters from call and put them on some sex appeal. The past tense of to dismount.
14d It’s made with fried veg in proper state — ace! (9)
A word that goes with proper to signify someone who is rigidly precise, to state or declare to be true and the letter that ace suggests, come together for an Italian dish of sautéed spring vegetables.
16d One scours great announcement to secure work (6,3)
Something that is bright, shiny or great, an announcement or plug, secure two letters that signify work and give us some steel wool filled with soap to scour one’s dishes perhaps.
17d Obstacle in current social event for misfit (6)
An obstacle in a river and a social event or party.
19d Extremely silent, given gag for a punishment (7)
The extreme letters of silent and a synonym of gag give us a colloquial term for a period of time in prison.
24d One ruler or another receiving tips from maharishi (4)
The regnal cipher of our new monarch is not as friendly to setters as the former. Our former queens’ regnal cipher goes round the tips of maharishi to give us another ruler, particularly one from the middle east.
Could new readers please read the Welcome Post and the FAQ before posting comments or asking questions about the site.
As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.
Please read these instructions carefully – they are not subject to debate or discussion. Offending comments may be redacted or, in extreme cases, deleted. In all cases the administrator’s decision is final.
If you don’t understand, or don’t wish to comply with, the conventions for commenting on weekend prize puzzles then save yourself a lot of trouble and don’t leave a comment.