Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29000 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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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.
4a Prompt check on car — that is to save tax (8)
An annual check on cars in the UK followed by the Latin abbreviation for “that is” around a type of tax
8a Power given by Irish water that produces agricultural turnover (6)
P(ower) is followed by he Irish for lake (water)
11a Old rocker’s following used to be dissipated (6)
This old rocker was famous for his Edwardian style clothes – put him after a verb meaning used to be
12a Repress what head and tail of pups do? (6,2)
This was easy to guess and a tad more difficult to parse! – what do the P (head) and S (tail) of [P]UP[S] do?
19a Doctor envied church grounds (8)
An anagram (doctor) of ENVIED followed by the abbreviation for the Church of England
21a It’s left on Dec 24 by Santa and his reindeer, and grand to put around rhubarb (6)
You need to work out which meaning of left is used here! – put G(rand) and the TO from the clue around a word meaning rhubarb or nonsense
24a Learned folk will be polite, rational, internally … (8)
Hidden (internally) inside the clue
25a … more calm, sitting back in chauffeured limousine (6)
… and another hidden word, this one is reversed (sitting back)
26a Northern god missing nothing, consumed in menace (8)
Start with one of the four-letter northern gods, drop (missing) the O (nothing) and add a word meaning consumed
1d Puzzle seeing married male, strong beast, oppressed by what he calls a cold! (7)
The abbreviations for married and male are followed by a two-letter strong beast and preceded by a type of cold, the male version of which is often scornfully suggested to be exaggerated as an excuse
2d Traitor after endless fate or fortune — one has to be well-paid (9)
A three-letter traitor follows a fortune without its final letter (endless) and is followed by an abbreviated phrase meaning one has
4d False impression made by undertaking absorbing little program about chicken (15)
An undertaking (should you choose to accept it!) goes around a small program, a word meaning about and a female chicken
5d Reject that could show worth? (5,3)
The second word indicates that WORTH is an anagram of the first
15d I will join good number going to rave in the dark (8)
A charade of the I from the clue, G(ood), a two-letter abbreviation of number and a verb meaning to rave
17d Like a mere stain? (7)
This could mean like a mere or small lake
18d Half of school rejected studying sacred books by this writer, one inventing plots (7)
The first half of SCH[ool] followed by the reversal (rejected) of the study of sacred books and the pronoun for this writer (the setter)
22d Melody that gives those people energy (5)
A pronoun meaning those people is followed by E(nergy)
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The Quick Crossword pun: whether+fork+caste=weather forecast