Sunday Toughie No 87 by proXimal
Hints and Tips by Sloop John Bee
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At the easier end of the spectrum of how I usually find proXimal, but still a definite Toughie. The Reverend Doctor Spooner makes an appearance again but I am getting less frightened of these clues now
We have a nicely balanced 14a 14d clues today with some lovely surfaces that tell a story whilst deceiving the solver I have hinted half but will offer a nudge for those clues that hit the cutting room floor
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 return with the full review blog just after the closing date. 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. Don’t forget the Mine of useful information that Big Dave and his son Richard so meticulously prepared for us.
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1a Kids multiplying aboard ship (10)
The act of multiplying by a small odd number goes aboard an abbreviated ship
9a Chief attendant married enemy, so Spooner said (4,6)
Spoonerise a phrase that indicates that you have married the enemy to be the chief attendant at a restaurant
12a and 15a
13a This writer and sister go out to find deluge (8)
How proXimal refers to himself and a sister in a religious order go out on a romantic liaison but get rained off by a deluge A lovely surface that brings a great image to mind
21a Nonsense a learner put in to spoil explanatory diagram (8)
A from the clue and the letter that a learner driver displays are put in to a synonym of spoil, followed by an explanatory diagram
22a Tiara oddly disappearing in sorcerer’s illusion (6)
What remains of tiara when you have removed the odd letters goes in a singular Eastern sorcerer, who with two colleagues brought gifts to the baby Jesus. An illusion they may have seen crossing the desert whilst following the Star of Bethlehem
25a Show the French murderer turning evil (10)
A musical recording made to show the quality of an unsigned performer, followed by a reversal (turning) of a French the and the murderer of his brother Abel
27a One once flying helicopter an odontologist possesses (10)
Something that doesn’t fly anymore hidden (possesses) in the rest of the clue
1d Succeeded having edge in church design (6)
The sewn edge of a dress in a Church of England abbreviation, preceded by a genealogical succeeded
5d Grumpy creature crossing Severn regularly with fine bird (10)
The grumpy creature (who stole Christmas according to Seuss) crosses the even letters of Severn and an F for fine
8d Scottish son of king simply skinned fish (8)
A Gaelic prefix meaning son of, The notation for the King in chess and the letters that remain from a synonym of simply when you have skinned it, delightful when smoked over oak chippings and spread on toast but beware of the bones
14d Natural to welcome company for rambling (10)
Something natural or built-in welcomes an abbreviation for company, another lovely surface
16d Mischievous shark striking boat with seafood on top (8)
The seafood alternatively known as Dublin Bay Prawns and a Shark without Noah’s boat, gives us an adjective for someone mischievous
17d Easy chair Charlie occupies on ship (8)
One of our usual ons or abouts, The phonetic letter that Charlie suggests and a large passenger ship
20d Most of London town on good terms (4,2)
A town in London (between Woolwich and Bexleyheath) loses its last letter (most of) split 4,2 it becomes an informal phrase for on good terms
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