Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29024 (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 Passing in van, sharing time with politician (10)
A seven-letter type of van and a politician “share” the letter T(ime)
6a Likelihood one in ounces could be seen as this? (4)
To locate the word ONE inside the word OUNCES you need to take these letters
12a Apparently forces to be located in Middle Eastern area swamps (7)
I’m not sure about this one, but it looks like a cryptic definition meaning forces to be located in a specific area of the Middle East – the definition is a lot easier to understand
13a Did sketch in which party facing both ways governed (7)
Start with a two-letter party or function, repeat it in reverse (facing both ways) and add a verb meaning governed (if you can remember when governments used to do that!)
18a Copying letter from Greece will limit delay occurring (12)
A letter in the Greek alphabet goes around a three-letter delay and is followed by a verb meaning occurring
21a Bans unfashionable boys in blue Sierra (7)
A three-letter word meaning unfashionable followed by a three-letter word meaning the boys in blue and the letter represented by Sierra in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
24a Tar perhaps filling in this clearing (9)
One of the two-letter abbreviations for a tar or sailor followed by what you are doing by filling in this crossword
27a Later family member finds insect beside sink (10)
An insect is preceded by a verb meaning to sink or go down
1d Drawn, having temperature, looking rough with no resistance (6)
a synonym of drawn, as in pulled, is derived from T(emperature) followed by an adjective meaning looking rough without (no) the leading R(esistance)
4d Person responsible for notes in tango decided to interrupt final section (9)
Here the notes are bank notes, so don’t waste time, as I did, with musical notes – the letter represented in the NATO Phonetic alphabet by Tango is followed by a word meaning decided or certain inside the final section of something
7d Log jam six feet under part of canal (8)
What you are if you are “six feet under” followed by a part of canal
8d In haste, parking to enter in scruffy style (8)
P(arking) inside (to enter) an adverb meaning in a scruffy style
9d A condiment more ‘runny’ — good word! (14)
An anagram (runny) of A CONDIMENT MORE
15d Boy used up scented stuff around girl, getting half-cut and sentimental (9)
The reversal of a three-letter boy is followed by some powdery scented stuff around half of the word GI[rl}
17d Blessed drips from the ministry (8)
A cryptic definition of a religious ceremony
22d Drop that’s put under the microscope (5)
Two definitions – the first being to drop as in to decrease
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The Quick Crossword pun: leave+appals+treat=Liverpool Street