Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28905 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning all!
It’s the last Saturday of the month and while BD and Mrs BD go and ransack the Farmers’ Market, I’m here to look after things.
Today we have a puzzle that is rather on the gentle side, but has a couple of stings in the tail; it’s probably from one of the Mysterons. This should soothe brows after the steam generated over the puzzles yesterday. Some nice clues with a few favourites and one, I think, that should find favour with most people.
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.
I am off for an OU German tutorial at Manchester University, but will be around to arrange a trip to Matron for a dose of opening medicine for those who don’t play nicely.
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. Mortgage deal not usually collected (12)
We start with an anagram. Rearrange 12 of the letters in the clue to get something mean collected.
4. Spiritual vessel? (4,5)
When you see a short clue like this, with a question mark at the end it usually means you are being asked to think outside the box. So for example: It’s brown and sticky? (5) Answer: STICK. This is similar here. So you are being asked for the name of something that could hold spirits.
12. Fashions without diamonds covering new veils (8)
This was my last one in today, and took me until I started to write the blog to see how it worked. A word that means fashions needs to lose the symbol for Diamonds in card games. Place it over the abbreviation for new and you get something meaning veils.
18. Path through Scottish mountains gets wider (8)
Take a name for mountains in Scotland, it goes before many of them and insert the name for a path.
19. Got in a tizzy with being carried by horse (6)
The name for a horse (or a proper Avenger, not a comic book one!) and inside goes an abbreviation for ‘with’.
27. What’s often used in evidence and, strangely, in frescos (9)
Rearrange the nine letters of two words in the clue to give something that is used at a criminal trial by the prosecution.
28. Did like others and pursued executive (8,4)
Something that means pursued and a nickname for an executive or businessman (often used in the City).
1. Playing tabs in a refrain (7)
Rearranging three words in the clue gives something that means refrain.
4. Dash to hide in desolate land (4)
Today’s hidden answer. Look between the words for something that means dash (or a car owned by one of the people in the pictures above!)
5. Harmonious like child with a set of books (8)
A word sum. A short word meaning ‘like’ + one meaning a child +a + an abbreviation for a group of books within a bigger Book.
7. Future friend of Dick and Harry or Barney? (8)
Clever clue, one of my favourites today. Take the name for a friend of the first two chaps, and then add ‘or’ and a word for a Barney.
8. Past, present and future contracts? (6)
Two definitions. What past, present and future could all be, plus something meaning contracts.
16 Girl reportedly twisted and dotty? (9)
A girl’s name (or a man’s, for that matter!) plus something that sounds like a word for twisted gives the slightly cryptic definition needed.
25. Bishop leads procession to find temple (4)
The chess abbreviation for the piece plus something that refers to a procession gives the required word.
The Crossword Club is now open. Play nicely please and watch the overuse of hints. I have wired up the naughty step.
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