Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28779 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all. It’s the last Saturday of the month and I’ve dropped in while the Boss pops to his local Farmers’ Market and gets some delicious comestibles for the weekend. It looks like its our Saturday Mysteron, with an enjoyable, if slightly challenging puzzle.
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.
1 Meant to get lower classes free (10)
Social classes are often indicated by letters, and you need the two lowest letters used and add a word meaning to free.
12 Garden role not adapted by urban area (7,6)
Rearrange (adapted) the first three words to get the name of a major urban area.
14 Pointless friend losing head and gathering speed for Armstrong, perhaps? (8)
Probably my favourite clue today. The surname of the ‘Pointless Friend’ in the popular TV quiz show loses its first letter and has inserted a word meaning speed. This gives you a type of person that someone named Armstrong is very famous for being.
19 Mother crossing on old airline gets night light (8)
Take on and the abbreviation for an old airline from this country and outside this place a word for Mother. This gives a natural form of light at night.
21 Avant-garde recordings could be so … um … eccentric (8,5)
The name given to an experimental type of sounds (i.e. dull and tuneless, as practiced by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen) is an anagram of the last three words.
26 Number regularly found in Indian tea (4)
Alternate letters of the last two words should reveal something.
27 Throws away meal given king — not the finest cut of meat (5,5)
An inferior type of meat used in stews etc., is revealed by taking a word meaning throws away, adding the name of a meal and an abbreviation for a monarch.
1 Female captivates very peaceful type (4)
The name for a female animal has the abbreviation for very inserted to give the name for someone who doesn’t like war.
3 British hail American dystopian novel (5,3,5)
An abbreviation for British takes the wordier how you greet someone in ancient Rome. Add to this an old description of America to get a famous dystopian work of fiction.
7 When weather is miserable it sounds first-class (4,3)
Another clever clue. A description of an occasion of miserable weather is a homophone of how you would describe something excellent.
8 Rebellion lacking enthusiasm for old comedy programme (6,4)
In the days of the old newspaper tailboards, one of the challenges that came up was to name your top ten ITV comedy shows. Most people never got past six. However this one always appeared. The name for a rebellion takes a description of how you are if you have no enthusiasm for something.
13 Shield wounded guerrilla imprisoned by flipping beak (10)
This is a term in heraldry for a type of shield. Inside the reverse of a word for your beak goes something that means wounded with a knife and the name of a famous guerrilla/freedom fighter. This gives you the term which is also the name for one of these….
18 Camping equipment — something to bowl at, taking wicket ultimately (4,3)
The (slightly unusual) name for a piece of camping equipment is something you bowl at in a sport that’s not cricket with the last letter of wicket inserted.
23 Stupid person preserved beef (4)
A double definition. The name for a stupid person is also that of a type of preserved beef that is a popular snack in various parts of the world.
Enjoy your solving! Play nicely as usual. I’ll pop in and out later to check!
I’ll leave you with a favourite tune that contains one of the finest lines ever written in a song. It also contains the answer to one of the clues I haven’t blogged! Enjoy!!
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The Quick Crossword pun: furs+twirled=first world