Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28803 (Hints)
Der Samstag Kreuzworträtselclub
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Gute Morgen aus Jena!
Your end-of-month Saturday crossword club is brought to from the charming town of Jena in the east of Germany. Your host is here for a week at a Study School organised by the local University under the Open University.
As those of you who follow me on social media, the journey here was not without problems. The initial coach journey from Victoria to Paris was delayed. I arrived at the coach station at 3pm for n 8pm depart. I was transferred from the moiblity lounge at 7:45 by which time the coach had been boarded and filled and the driver refused to take me. This caused a huge delay waiting for another coach and I missed all the planned connections, meaning when I got to Paris I had to pay for new tickets to Jena. Each of those trains were delayed by over half an hour. The result was I arrived at my accommodation in Jena at 11pm, 36 hours after I left my home! However, a restful day yesterday and a lovely meal last night with wonderful open-air musicians nearby has me in a much better humour.
Today’s puzzle seems at the harder end of the Saturday scale with a couple of tricky clues. On several occasions I had to back track and remove an answer and change for another. I’m guessing it’s by one of the Mysterons.
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.
3. Old money I study for monk (10)
A pre-Euro foreign currency goes with a way of saying I study to give you the name for one of the orders of monks.
10. Something to stop a blue building (8)
The name for some things that stops, as in a bottle opening, is added to A and a little word meaning blue or depressed.
12. Tender name designed to be term of affection (10)
One of the best clues today; a clever apposite anagram of two of the words that give an example of what the definition is.
14. Shallow jar and cups Enid replaced (6-7)
A new expression on me. Someone who is a bit empty-headed and having no depth is revealed by taking a word meaning to jar and grate and adding something with cups (!!) and an anagram of Enid.
22. Maiden being absorbed in tale that’s wild (6)
The abbreviation for a maiden goes inside a word for a tale.
25. Charlie and Romeo’s plant (6)
A letter from its description in the NATO phonetic alphabet plus what Romeo is, both in fiction and as a type of person.
26. Those present at ball about two hours before midnight? (10)
Another nice clue. Take the word ‘at’ and another name for a ball and place them round the time of night two hours before the witching hour.
1. Like a newspaper, perhaps, having a right to support post (8)
Another difficult word some may not know. An adjective that describes how some newspapers are laid out laid out is can be found by taking the indefinite article and an abbreviation for right and placing them after a word for a type of post.
3. What might be used for touching proposal? (6)
This was one where I entered a plausible answer from checking letters, only to find I couldn’t finish that corner. There are two definitions here. Notice the space between the underlinings. A word for a proposal is also what some creatures use to touch and sense.
5. Refreshing drink – another one is a different matter (3,2,3)
The name for a drink that can refresh you (not me, I can’t stand the stuff!). If you put the word ‘another’ in front of it, it literally means something different!
15. Hen that’s spotted in the garden? (8)
A two-word cryptic way of describing a hen can also (when the two words are joined) mean something found in most gardens that has spots on it.
17. Doctor and surgeon in terrible need forced medicine down (8)
Another new word on me. Something that means to have forced medication down an animals throat. The abbreviation for a doctor then needs the one for a surgeon to go inside an anagram (terrible) of need to give this form of treatment. You might like to check this way of doing it…..
19. Game cut short when American leaves (6)
The name for a card game (my favourite!) is found by taking a word that means to cut something short and removing an abbreviation for American.
23. Man turned up during final attack (4)
A hidden answer but reversed in the clue. Look for a man’s name.
So that’s your lot for the day. I will be around to administer naughty step sessions if extra hints are given, as will some of the other mods. My course starts later this afternoon and I will be throwing myself into that.
So from the beautiful town of Jena, it’sTschüß!
And finally some music, probably the most famous German pop song ever..
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The Quick Crossword pun: crew+tuns=croutons