Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28749 (Hints)
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Greetings from Warrington!
Mr and Mrs BD are off doing swinging things with car keys, so I am popping in to hold the fort today.
It’s a lovely puzzle, probably by the original Mysteron, given a couple of the clues; though I have to say that I had one huge face palming moment when I couldn’t see the last one to go in and eventually after a large coffee and several crumpets, it hit me!
I’ll be around keeping tabs on things, so remember to play nice. A couple of the definitions used in today’s wordplay are things that you only find used in Crosswordland, so visits to the places below are recommended. And no answers please!
If you finish and are looking for other challenges, there are other puzzles around to tackle, and if you are a Dada fan, he’s all over the place today in the Guardian and Financial Times puzzles, both of which are free to air through the websites.
My day is being spent vetting some quiz questions for a TV show and watching the Champions’ League Final and willing my team on to win. Without going into the merits of such things, it is available to watch for free via the BT Sport app and BTSport.com website. Allez les Rouges!
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 Big news story — sad end of space flight (10)
The word for a major newspaper scoop plus something meaning when you feel sad or blue.
11a Bits of squid etc the French caught in net cast indiscriminately (9)
The definite article in French goes inside an anagram of cast net.
14a Shopkeepers’ basic cost not recovered (12)
An anagram of basic cost not gives purveyors of things that are smelly and leave horrible detritus (climbs down off soapbox).
18a Dance from the 1960s made a hotspot delirious (6,6)
The name of a 1960’s dance is an anagram of made a hotspot
24a Threatened one legislator with abolition (9)
The Roman numeral for one, plus an abbreviation for an elected legislator plus what you are doing when you abolish something.
27a Maybe shares how cleric is dressed for service (10)
The way a churchman dresses on a Sunday or special occasion. It’s an expression but run together to make one word.
1d Rare blemish on church (6)
Add the abbreviation for the Church of England onto something that means a blemish.
2d Like a wild animal at university, interrupting row (6)
Here’s one of those words you only see in Crosswordland (and Crypticsueland!). Inside a word for a row or queue goes a short word meaning to be at university.
3d Learning gossip when drunk — with this? (9,5)
If I tell you that drunk here does double duty, as an anagram indicator and part of the definition, that may help you. Unscramble ‘learning gossip’.
4d Go out with actor Terence — one might make an impression (4-5)
A word meaning to go out with someone plus the name of a famous actor called Terence who seems to have been around forever and is still going strong.
9d PC operating system rarely seen nowadays (7,3,4)
My favourite clue of the day! A lovely cryptic definition for how PC’s used to go about their duty in the Good Old Days. Don’t think computers!
17d I call for help carrying most important electronic and nuclear materials (8)
After I goes an abbreviation for a cry for help. Inside the cry goes a word meaning most important or vital and the abbreviation for electronic.
22d What may stop cricket broadcast as a rule (5)
A word that means rule sounds like what England will be praying for at Lord’s today.
Right- in the words of Mr Burns, fly my pretties, fly – and play nicely!
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