Sunday Toughie No 39 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I am a bit under the weather today, proXimal gave me a good brain mangling last night and the after-effects of a COVID booster make me feel like I have been beaten up by a baseball bat all night. Today’s mystery parsing is 9a but as it is just 2/3rd checked a guess should suffice. Not sure I will have the energy or time to illustrate too many but anyway.
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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8a Foam wall blocking outsiders in this race for TV show (3,6,6)
The outside letters of ThiS go around the foam on a glass of beer and a wall to block water from flowing downstream, and a race in terms of a group of animals, plants or language.
10a Administrator leaving railway with fellow operative (6,5)
The administrator of a business or organisation loses the letters that represent a RailwaY and adds a fellow.
15a Heard about Boris who once played titular character (7)
One of the usual abouts and a homophone of the surname of a tennis player called Boris.
17a Lurching drunk going around grass (7)
A drunk is reversed and followed by a synonym of grass as in to reveal some secret.
21a A Parisian offended, pinching article without lagging (11)
How a Parisian says A, to be offended around the indefinite article, the lack of lagging to keep warm.
25a Poem, after he translated, that is powerful piece by European (3,6,6)
A lot to put together here, translate AFTER HE add the Latin Id Est and the most powerful piece on the chessboard and E for Europe for an epic poem by Edmund Spenser.
1d Exploit that woman’s craft to shorten fluffy garment (7,3)
An exploit or achievement, the female possessive pronoun and a shortened water-borne craft.
3d Vessels holding the dead eel at sea leaving windy archipelagoes … (10)
The letters of EEL leave Archipelagoes and then scrambled into a stone coffin.
5d Business costs when rising ultimately awful sign (8)
These business costs are a synonym of when is reversed (rising in a down clue), the ultimate letter of awful and a sign of the zodiac
7d Evergreen tree bears shot up (6)
A reversal (up in a down clue) of a shot or go is born by a three-letter deciduous tree to give us an evergreen shrub.
13d Sandwich taste within minutes appeals (10)
To taste or consume goes in the minutes recorded in a log.
16d Act of merry king showing cold side (8)
A cold side dish of raw vegetables mixed in mayonnaise is a merry old king and the acts he may pass into the statute books
18d Dialect of festival director from the south (7)
A Muslim festival and the film director known for Walkabout amongst others, are reversed (from the south in a down clue)
23d Poet dismissing popular play (4)
A popular Hull-based poet loses a synonym of popular to be to game or play about.
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