Sunday Toughie No 62 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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A fine puzzle from proXimal today as usual, I struggle to keep the hints down to about half so a couple of bonus pics have crept in. The 3d Spoonerism at 1a gets my COTD what was yours?
14a and 16d clues today, I hope you find the checkers to find the answers
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 Harbour location strike ended, according to Spooner (8)
Oh dear, we start with my bête noire, a Spoonerism. If “according to Spooner” is the indicator, the rest must be the phrase to be spoonerised and the definition. Take synonyms of strike and ended and swap the first syllables to fit the definition
5a Drake, perhaps, removing whiskey from jacket (6)
Not the first Drake that comes to mind, neither the Elizabethan explorer or the male duck. We remove the letter that whiskey suggests from a jacket to get the style of music that the Canadian Aubrey “Drake” Graham is known for
12a Beginning to embrace divorced Royal Institute scientist (6)
The beginning of the day embraces separately (divorced) the abbreviation of the Royal Institute
15a Assuredness backing general, manipulated soft figure to protect king (6,2,5)
Best solved from the back. Take the reversal of an American Civil War General, an anagram of soft, a figure between six and eight and the Latin letter that defines the regal nature of a king. Someone with the assuredness of an iron (alloy) constitution
18a This writer involved in a revolutionary fuel shares advances (13)
A from the clue, how proXimal (and Maria Von Trapp) refers to himself, a fuel reversed and some shares, give us a word that improves or advances
27a Make standard Scandinavian ferries land in Africa (9)
An ancient Scandinavian around a landlocked African country
29a Recalled times eating mediocre starter in eatery? Me too! (4,4)
A reversal of geological time periods goes around a slang interjection expressing mediocrity and the starting letter of eatery. An expression that I would like what your having
1d Books after some time degenerate (8)
A period of time followed by part of the bible
6d One checked car in place hit by driver? (7)
A brand of car and the place a golf ball is hit by a driver
7d Case of wine, fine mixture (9)
A fortified wine, a fine pencil and a mixture or medley, a case to contain loose papers
8d High-ranking people dispatch soldiers to the north (6)
To dispatch or kill and members of the armed services without commissions are reversed (to the north in a down clue)
14d Control playing piece, pinning one knight (8)
Not a chess or draught piece here but one of a group of (usually) 28 pins the letter that looks like one followed by the chess notation for a knight. Is proXimal a Star Trek fan?
19d Top network operator impacted by strikes (7)
A network operator formerly known as Everything Everywhere around glancing strikes
21d Large letters turning up journalist separated (6)
T h e l a r g e l e t t e r s o f t h e a l p h a b e t r e v e r s e d a b o v e o u r u s u a l j o u r n a l i s t
25d Listener’s comparatively well-ventilated place (4)
A place that is a homophone of the comparative of well ventilated
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