Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29061
Hints and tips by Noggin The Nog
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment ***
Today we have a lovely puzzle for a Bank Holiday Monday. It begins with the excellent long clue at three across which twists and turns and misleads throughout. The answer is one of those wonderful words that rolls off the tongue with a smile. Elsewhere in the puzzle we are given a cocktail to enjoy with dinner and pudding. We also have a young lady to entertain along with somewhere to entertain her. All in all, something for everyone.
These hints and tips have been created lovingly to help those of you who may need help to solve a couple of clues or to understand why an answer is what it is. Usually a clue consists of two parts. 1. A definition, which is usually at the beginning or end of a clue. 2. Wordplay which tells to what to do to solve the clue. The hints and tips help with the wordplay of the clues. Definitions are underlined. Some hints are illustrated. These illustrations may or may not have a bearing on understanding the clue
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3a Fighting fit boxing foremost of southpaws, I hit strongly, at the start (10)
FISTICUFFS: Wrap the word fit (from the clue. Monday’s setter is a most generous man who readily gives us words and letters) around the initial (foremost) letter of the word southpaw. Add the letter I (also a gift from our setter) Now add a word meaning to hit and add the beginning letter of the word strongly (at the start)
8a That’s funny, American penning Italian book (6)
LOLITA: A popular abbreviation used in text messages (by those who use abbreviations in text messages) is followed by the abbreviation for Italian and the abbreviation for America.
9a Denials involved seal furs (8)
REFUSALS: Anagram (involved) of FUR SEALS
10a Veteran soldier was hero, shot crossing river (8)
WARHORSE: An anagram (shot) of WAS HERO surrounds the abbreviation for river
11a Piece that is for a beginner (6)
ROOKIE: The piece from a chess set is also known by common usage as a castle. It is followed by the Latin abbreviation for id est which equates to that is.
12a Howl catching a young man dressing (5,5)
SALAD CREAM: A high pitched howl surrounds the letter A from the clue and a three-lettered young man to reveal this gloopy mess of a dressing.
14a Lots in this list, perhaps? (4-9)
SALE CATALOGUE: A rather cryptic description of a brochure listing items to be auctioned
20a Food fit for a future queen? (5,5)
ROYAL JELLY: A honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens. This swarm is now hived and the queen is laying.
22a Church worker attacked carrying cross (6)
SEXTON: To attack someone needs to be split 3,2. It can then be placed around the letter that looks like a cross
23a Above us, as trip unfolded (8)
UPSTAIRS: Anagram (unfolded) of US AS TRIP
24a Company very at home handling question linked to golden dish (3,2,3)
COQ AU VIN: Golly bongs what a busy clue.
The abbreviation for company
The abbreviation for very
A two-letter word meaning at home
An abbreviation of question
The chemical symbol for gold
Arrange as per instructions supplied in the clue
Eat on weekdays only
25a Mention about Ecstasy in sailor’s jacket? (6)
REEFER: Insert the abbreviation for ecstasy into a word synonymous with mention to find a naval type of jacket
26a Dessert in a rucksack possibly left by one entering area (10)
ZABAGLIONE: Place the letter a together with a word meaning a rucksack, hold-all, or any carrier. Add the abbreviation for left. Add the letter that looks like the number one. Place all of this inside an area or stretch of land having a particular characteristic, purpose, or use, or subject to particular restrictions.
1d Currently away, dons in resort (8)
NOWADAYS: Anagram (in resort) of AWAY DONS
2d Pill required after strong drink (8)
HIGHBALL: This pill is not medicinal. It is used by footballers to indicate the object which they kick. This object follow a synonym of the word strong and usually referring to the smell of rotten food
3d Material‘s marvellous, full of comic potential, once abridged (6)
FABRIC: Begin with a 1960s term meaning marvellous. Add a term describing comedic value but minus its last letter
4d Maxim reportedly makes one angry (4)
SORE: Another word for a proverb or saying is a homophone of a word meaning irritated such as like a bear with a **** head
5d Relaxed, fill in a line (8)
INFORMAL: Begin with a word meaning to fill in. As in spill the beans or tell. Add the letter a from the clue and the abbreviation for line
6d Outcome of increased effort (6)
UPSHOT: Start with a word meaning increased and add an effort, try or go at something
7d Boy heard in lift (6)
FILLIP: This lift of the spirits sounds like a boys name. The husband of our Queen.
13d Lobby candidate (5)
ENTRY: A double definition. Please consult the dictionary before asking why
15d Can rival working for travelling fair (8)
CARNIVAL: Anagram (working) of RIVAL CAN
16d Unclear situation in dull and cloudy region (4,4)
GREY AREA: Two easy synonyms are all that is required to solve this clue. One meaning dull and cloudy, the other meaning a region.
17d Bloated? Stop imbibing fizzy lager (8)
ENLARGED: A word meaning stop contains an anagram (fizzy) of LAGER
18d Fine English girl’s hat (6)
FEDORA: The abbreviations for fine and English are followed by a girls name. You have lots to choose from. Go search
19d Scottish engineer raised in old area in capital city (6)
OTTAWA: The engineer associated with steam engines is reversed (raised) and placed between the abbreviations for old and area
21d Brightness of some Honolulu streets (6)
LUSTRE: This clue gives us no instruction but it includes the word some which indicates a hidden word and so it is. Can you see it?
23d Spoil a Parisian party (4)
UNDO: The French word for one is followed by crossword lands favourite party
Quickie Pun. Top line: gallon+tree=gallantry
Bonus Quickie Pun. Bottom line: walk+rhymes=war crimes