Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28414 (Hints)
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Morning all! BD and Mrs BD are among the jams and fruitcakes at the local village fete today, so I’m here with your hints.
Another fine puzzle for a Saturday with a couple of little head scratchers to sort out. I’m guessing it’s Cephas today. The puzzle doesn’t have too many anagrams which is a plus for me. There is a typo in 18 down, in both newspaper and online versions, with an L missing from one of the words in the clue. (now corrected on line!) However, it’s obvious what the word should be and it doesn’t affect anything in the puzzle.
If you are still at a loose end, you can have a crack at my very own General Knowledge Jumbo puzzle which is featured today at the Independent website. See if you can work out the connection between the three specific answers. It’s one of my more devious links!
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Southern headland with river cutting through tight spot (6)
We start with a word for a tight spot, as often encountered by Batman and Robin on TV in the 60’s, Take something that refers to Southern and the name for a geographical headland as found at the tip of Africa or South America. Insert an abbreviation for river and you have your word.
4a Factory in which one must be seen as flexible (6)
Something that is flexible is said to be this. Inside a word that means a factory or manufacturing base is the Roman numeral for one.
10a Relative managed to find accommodation in grand US city (6)
The name for one of your relatives is revealed by taking a word that means managed and putting it inside (find accommodation) the abbreviations for grand and a famous American city.
13a Attend a sanctuary and go into withdrawal (4,1,7)
Think of the first word here as an order. If you were told to attend a place that was a sanctuary or religious gathering you would be told you needed to ___ (2,2) such a place. Merge the first two words and you get an expression that in military circles means to withdraw.
16a Glassy-eyed, quite a sight in bed (12)
The definition here is cryptic. A word for something that is something to behold goes inside to bed and it gives you a description of someone including myself. No,not THAT! I know a good lawyer!
20a Rich source listed (4-6)
A phrase meaning rich is found by taking something that means a source of something – think water or other liquids, and adding a word meaning listed
22a Ate sandwiches a good person went without (6)
This held me up more than it probably should have done. I could see the bits but made a mess of assembling the answer. Something that means ate needs to have A and an abbreviation for someone who is regarded as being good.
25a Seek measures with rights enshrined (6)
A word meaning to seek is found by taking the plural word for a measurement and inserting the standard single-letter abbreviation for right twice (rights).
1d Break in journey provost arranged when going round Orient? (8)
The name for a break in a long journey is found by unscrambling (arranged) PROVOST around the abbreviation for the Orient.
2d Pass on Marmite mother’s left for spreading (5)
This is a slightly more complicated clue. If you remove the abbreviation for mother from the name of the cooking pot (or vile spread) and then rearrange the remainder (spreading), you get something that means to pass on.
7d Resident football team missing one six-footer (6)
Probably my favourite clue today. If you take a football team and remove one player you are left with this number (think Manchester United on Thursday evening) and then add the name of a creature often described in crossword land as a six footer (as it literally has them!)
8d Where numbers can be found all day and all night (5,3,5)
Split the clue into two (almost!) and you have two separate definitions, the first of which is slightly cryptic. The picture may help with this.
14d Time to appear in strange tableau daughter carefully organised (9)
If you carefully origanised something into order, you may be said to have done this. It’s an anagram (strange) of TABLEAU with the abbreviation for time inside, and the one for daughter afterwards.
15d What those with largest families do last of all (8)
This is the same idea as 8 down. Break the clue down into two parts. The second part is the main definition and the first is a cryptic way of saying what people with the biggest families do.
18d Old tape repaired jumper at an earlier stage (7)
An anagram (repaired) of OLD TAPE will give the name for something that will turn into something noted for jumping!
21d Minister making some civic arrangements (5)
A hidden answer that gves the name for a minister of the church.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pan+err+seer=panacea