Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29078 (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 Wolve’s 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 Cartel work with City (4)
The answer is the name of a specific cartel – a two-letter musical work is followed by the postcode of the City of London
3a Former president with influence means to get round America (10)
A two-letter word meaning former is followed by the abbreviation of PRES(ident) and some influence
8a Keeps in check worries about planet? (8)
Some worries around a celestial body like a planet – the definition by example is indicated by the question mark
11a Clipped dunce’s head with a spanner first (8)
The initial letter (head) of D[unce] is preceded by (with … first) the A from the clue and a “spanner” i.e. something that spans, for example, a river
14a Scientist heading away to have good time fairly soon (6)
Drop (away) the initial letter (heading) from a colloquial word for a scientist and add G(ood)
16a Yankee airborne flying erratically (6)
The letter represented by Yankee in the NATO Phonetic alphabet is followed by a word meaning airborne (1-4)
21a Agriculturalist engages personnel department for exciting work (8)
Someone who prepares the land for planting (agriculturalist) around (engaging) the two-letter abbreviation for a personnel department
22a Heather getting to grips with old Beethoven piece (6)
… you need an alternative name for the plant heather
24a Disregard finished appearance (8)
Combine four-letter words meaning finished or completed an appearance or manner
26a Health resorts getting gullible people to return (4)
The reversal (to return) of some gullible people
1d Detecting scent, see, rising over plant (9)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) is followed by (over) a plant or works
3d Stretcher case I left superficially injured (7)
An anagram (injured) of CASE I and the outer letters (superficially) of L[ef]T
4d Fool blocking servant’s way through (7)
A three-letter fool inside (blocking) a young servant
6d Impending threat that could make some old cowards start to flee (5,2,8)
An anagram (that could make) of SOME OLD COWARDS with the initial letter (start) to F[lee]
15d Stay a week held in irons? That will do for conspirator (3,6)
A stay or support is followed by the A from the clue and the two-letter abbreviation for week inside the chemical symbol for iron pluralised gives the name of the most famous conspirator in a 17th century plot
19d Monk who is leader in artificial intelligence arguing from first principles (1,6)
A senior monk inside the abbreviation for Artificial Intelligence
20d Variety of salad vegetable — only its tip’s usually taken in (7)
Most of the mass after which this salad item is made is below the surface, revealing only its tip
21d Snacks from recycling pasta (5)
Move the final two letters of pasta to the beginning (recycling)
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The Quick Crossword pun: tonne+knee+quarter=tonic water