In the example hints below, the links will take you to the explanations from our beginner’s series. The name of the author is often associated with an interview with him or her, in case you are interested in getting to know these people better.
Messages in clues
And they keep coming, those clues that remind us of illegal trains. Here is Eccles…
18 A Angry about having a party, he got paid to fight the cause (5:3)
[ wordplay: jumble (“about”) of LIED, containing (“hosting”) synonym for “party” ][ LEID containing GALA ][ definition: funds to fight case ]
…with a guide to legal aid, and while we can all see where the pun in Bradman’s guide came from…
9 A Man responsible for the stench vs. Mr. (5)
[ wordplay: abbrev indicating “stink” + backwards (“reverse of”) synonym for “gentleman” ]
[ BO + backwards SIR ][ definition: see below ]
…is the definition the first few words for Boris or does it go further than that for you? Add hazelnuts via…
1 a Tory Flyers High Near Donors (6)
[ wordplay: abbrev for “Tory” + synonym for “party” + last letter of (“close to”) DONOR ][ CON + DO + R ][ definititon: high-flier ]
…for CONDOR, you may feel like you want a nice themed puzzle to change the tone for your anniversary. If so, you’ll be taken to weekday entertainment in Gauss (at least I suppose it’s an anniversary).
Here’s an entertaining tip from the two-person setup team Eclogue in Enigmatic Variations, which I understand happily stays in the print edition of the Sunday Telegraph…
32 A Person’s total name occiput (4)
[ wordplay: abbrev for “name” + synonym for “coarse person” ][ N + APE ][ definition: scruff ]
…where the “scratch” turns out to be your neck: the neck. The puzzle also contained a reference to the RONEO, a desktop copy machine that is now such a distant memory that the NEO part of its name seems delightfully inappropriate.
I’m generally a big fan of names that proclaim, “This is the brand new thing,” no matter how time progresses in the future. The thing doesn’t have to be old, like Oxford University’s New College (1379) or Newcastle (the castle in question dates back to 1080): I was a bit sad when I dropped the coins in the early ’80s (for me) The New Pen It’s a pleasure to see a lot of “Modern Jazz” in the public domain.
I hope you have other examples; In the meantime, it’s time for a short challenge. Readers, how do you refer to the new?
Thank you for your advice on ANTICOAGULANT. It will be some time before I see Wellywearer2’s “Bloody setter!?” Take that!” But the bold award should go to the Nestingmachine for the Baroque “to launch a new treatment to prevent clogged arteries.” Used like aspirin – “nature’s thinner.”
In second place, is Montano’s sensible “cure turns into cult (anag)” hoax and Gus Canis’ astounding “best way to pop your clogs?” ; The winner is the moody Moebius “Auntie ties the conga tail and dances to get thinner.”
From Claudus to Moebius. Please leave entries for the two-week contest – as well as your out-of-print discoveries and tips from broadleaf cryptocurrencies – in the comments below.
A reference to two weeks
If the Observer seduces you, we’ve got an “easy” puzzle (no fun deal) with this misguided guide…
20 d It’s a newly built border road – it’s much wider than it looks (6)
[ wordplay: jumble (“newly-built”) of ITSA, containing (“bordering”) abbrev for “road” ][ TAIS containing RD ][ definition: it’s more spacious than it looks ]
…to Tardis. Geronimo, as the eleventh doctor said.
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