Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29060 (Hints)
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Greetings for sunny Warrington and a quick break for yours truly in revising for his OU end of course essay to bring you today’s Blog.
Unless I’m suffering from an overdose of Denglisch, I found this to be one of those puzzles where at first glance everything looks to be baffling, but suddeny a couple of answers drop in and the rest is plain sailing.
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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Part of old ensemble having drink before tango (7)
The ensemble here refers to clothing, so it’s something you would have worn a great many years ago. A general name for a drink plus something from our old friend, the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
5a With bar next to major road, carbon leads to tirade (7)
The name for a type of bar, plus the name of a major British road and the symbol for the chemical element gives a posh name for an outburst.
9a Way son shrinks gets experts recommending changes? (7,8)
This one caused me a headache and I needed a nudge. It’s a word meaning a way or method, plus the abbreviation for son and a word for shrinks (as in people).
I think I should have asked for a picture of BD during his working days!
16a Kind of shop good garden centre’s missing (7)
Take the abbreviation for good and add the name of a garden feature, minus its middle letter to get a type of shop.
22a Tray’s warped, being in wood? (5)
An anagram of tray gives a mythological creature that lives in forests.
26a Posed around in Lord’s about time food gets knocked back — 25 would call this home (5,10)
To get a head start on this clue, you’ll need to have solved 25 down, which you should do fairly easily, and you’ll then probably write the answer in. The location where the answer lives is found by taking a word for posed, place it around IN. Add to this another word for members of the Upper Chamber around the abbreviation for time. Finally add a slang word for food reversed and Voilà! Or should that be Там!
28a Expect witness to follow warning (7)
A word meaning to expect can be found by taking a warning shouted in sport and adding something that means witness.
1d After changing sides, tenor and soprano taking openings and refrains (7)
An anagram of sides, plus the opening letters for the two singers gives a word that means refrains in a non-musical sense.
2d Sneaky, as most female athletes are essentially? (15)
A word meaning sneaky is how you might cryptically describe female athletes.
7d They help people relax — also purr, conceivably, as a result (7,8)
This is one of those clues where you will need to think outside the box a bit. The definition is clear. If you viewed the answer as a clue, you could get ALSO PURR as an answer. Probably my favourite clue of the day, I think.
14d Took in ruins, admitting yen to see capital (5) The name of a city is found by taking the abbreviation for yen and placing it inside an anagram of TOOK.
18d Dead-end drama (7)
A kind of drama that results in fatalities.
25d Powerful man buried in crypt’s a Romanov (4)
The name for a powerful person is hidden inside the remainder of the clue and gives a nudge for the sort of person you are looking for.
That’s yer lot for today! Now play nicely and let’s hope there are no banishments to the naughty step.
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The Quick Crossword pun: know+Parr+king=no parking