Sunday Toughie No 42 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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I found this a little easier than the last from proXimal, helped by remembering that the last time we had the other SJB in this slot we had an epic poem. Today we have the author of that poem. I have hinted at half of an evenly split 14a/14d clues, but as usual, I am open to discussion about the other clues that you may find tricky.
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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7a Go over a time one’s expected back (7)
Start with a cricketty over, a preposition for each, and the reversal of the time when you expect to return.
10a Freezing cold PM after exercise class no good (9)
The forename of a PM (at time of writing!) goes between abbreviations for an exercise class and no good.
13a Cut a line that’s bitten by sea cat (9)
This cut of meat is formed from A from the clue, L for line in between a shortened sea and a big cat.
18a Digging on road regularly turned problem for uninformed person (9)
Alternate letters of the first three words and the reversal (turned) of a mathematical problem.
21a Article seen on island from over the pond (5)
Start with an island (over the Solent rather than the pond), add a grammatical article used before a vowel for an American from over the pond.
He came from Des Moines – Someone had to…
23a Recalled crime pinching bow, suspect mythological figure (9)
A slang suspect, and a reversal of a moral crime around a curve or bow.
25a King having holiday aboard cutter (7)
Our new King’s regnal cipher around some holiday gives us the cutter you may use to cut the meat in 13a.
1d Help cure an eccentric creature of folklore (10)
Start with a nice easy anagram (eccentric) of the first three words.
3d Made dark plot, gestured to have leader brought down (8)
A silent gestured, moves its initial letter down and follows a garden plot.
6d Crust of snow at front on vehicle (4)
A vehicle for hire follows S for snow.
9d Writer‘s novel surmised penned after leaving Italy (6,7)
See preamble, The author of the epic poem in the last proXimal toughie is an anagram (novel) from SURMiSED PENNED after the IVR code for Italy is removed.
14d Unsure of Parisian cutting corners (10)
How a Parisian may say of, is cornered by an adjective for cutting.
17d Neighbourhood police officer, authoritarian (8)
Authoritarian follows one of our usual abbreviated policemen.
22d Heartlessly cheer defeat (4)
A loud eager cheer loses the middle letter to leave a synonym of defeat.
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