Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28952 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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I’m standing in for the boss today and we have a puzzle that has all the hallmarks of the regular Saturday Mysteron. Nice elegant clues with good surface readings. It was perhaps a little tougher than some of the recent ones, but there were a fair few anagrams to help you get inside the grid.
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 Time with teacher to frame question for difficult employer (10)
The abbreviation for time and a word for a teacher go round something meaning question to give something meaning a boss who makes things hard for you. As an extra hint, it’s also the name of a very popular satellite TV show where celebrities get put through really horrible things.
12a Senator grins wickedly about statesman’s first offence (13)
An anagram of senator grins goes around the first letter of statesmen to give a synonym of offence
14a Bearded woman finally entering American sanctuary (8)
A way of saying something is bearded is found by taking the abbreviation for American and a word meaning sanctuary. Inside this goes the last letter of woman.
17a Call up about lifting mechanism (6)
Take a word meaning shout plus the word up and reverse them to give something that lifts things.
19a Snake coffee’s trendy, reportedly (8)
The name for a type of snake is a homophone for a type of coffee and one meaning trendy.
21a On the way, like oil? (2,3,8)
An expression meaning in the way Is a location for oil at a refinery.
24a Army’s revolutionary command (5,4)
What someone in authority in the army may say to make you spin round. I had this slightly wrong as I went for the obvious answer. This is another way of saying it.
27a Steps adopted by coppers in epidemic (10)
A word for a type of rustic steps goes in side something meaning coppers (as in money) to give an old-fashioned name for an epidemic of something nasty.
1d Get to grips with missing the French food (4)
A word meaning to get to grips with something needs the word for the definite article in French removed to get another way of saying food.
3d Poor running in games meant running miles first (13)
A word for poor running of a business is an anagram (running) of IN GAMES MEANT with the abbreviation for miles at the front.
5d Man behind the counter heading off for mountain (5)
The name of the inventor of a famous radioactivity detector loses his first letter to give the name of a famous mountain.
7d Want to trap serpent that’s ill-tempered (7)
Something meaning want has a biblical name for a serpent inside to give an adjective meaning ill-tempered.
11d Not working, manipulated city’s loan fund (13)
A word often used to describe social conditions that do not work is an anagram (manipulated) of CITY’S LOAN FUND.
13d One petitions current leader of Conservatives to block overthrow (10)
Someone who petitions for something is revealed by finding a word meaning to overthrow something or someone and inserting the scientific abbreviation for electric current and the first letter of the word Conservative.
18d Deflated and sad after service that’s not quite right (3,4)
A word for the result of a poor service in tennis has something meaning sad after it to give a word meaning deflated.
23d Farm building next to empty ravine (4)
An old word for a farm building is found by taking a word meaning next to and the first and last letters (empty)of ravine.
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The Quick Crossword pun: proper+gander=propaganda