Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29006 (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.
1a Season meals provided something to give you a boost (11)
one of the four seasons of the year is followed by meals provided at, say a hotel
11a Something very funny after spells of cricket go too far (9)
A four-letter word meaning something funny follows (after) some spells of bowling in a cricket match
14a One may be lucky to run out of gear (6)
Two definitions – a noun to which the adjective lucky might be attached and a verb meaning to run without one’s gear
16a Deliver energy suffering from cold (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to deliver or release followed by some energy
23a Pants with holes around back of knees (5)
Pants here means puffs or blows – put some holes or spaces around the final letter (back) of [knee]S
24a Take nourishment amidst eking out precarious situation (5-4)
A verb meaning to take nourishment inside (amidst) an anagram (out) of EKING
27a Trained in computer science and medicine (5)
Trained here is as in trained a rifle – a two-letter abbreviation of a computer science followed by the shortened form of medicine
28a Light snack — santé (6,5)
This light snack could also describe the word santé (what language is it and when is it used!)
2d Petty Officer welcoming opposite of cold snap (5)
The abbreviation for Petty Officer around (welcoming) the opposite of cold
4d Coming out with pithy remark (6)
An anagram (out) of COMING
5d This may need log on to start ‘shoot-em-up’ (4,4)
Two definitions – the log is a piece of wood!
7d What manager of grouse moor does gives improved performance (6,3,4)
This could describe what the manager of grouse moor does when he rears the pheasants
8d Public school‘s disadvantage (8)
… no clever wordplay, just a straightforward double definition
9d Disagreeing with a lumberjack appearing in the promotional films? (2,11)
The A from the clue followed by a lumberjack inside THE and some promotional films
17d Material for pillow to avoid bumping head (4,4)
This could describe what one needs to do in order to avoid bumping one’s head
22d Snag besetting European using latest devices (2-4)
A snag around (besetting) E(uropean)
25d Ends relationship with sadness (5)
A verb meaning actively ends a relationship is also a state of sadness or depression
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The Quick Crossword pun: ice+Ted+ford=eisteddfod