Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29090 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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It’s that time of the month again when the boss goes for a wander down the local Farmer’s Market and I pop in and do the honours.
A very enjoyable and reasonably straightforward puzzle from our regular Mysteron, I’d guess. Not too much to hold you up although a couple of slightly oblique definitions, 6 down being the main culprit and was almost my last one in. As usual, a thanks to the lovely Crypticsue for putting my pictures in as my iMac won’t allow me to for some reason.
Thanks again to our setter for a fairly speedy solve and a nice way to get the weekend going, even if I will be spending most of it organising train journeys for GWR and TPE passengers. Tip: Avoid Castle Cary station, especially on Monday. It’s the nearest station to a certain event happening this weekend and there are expected to be at least 20000 people heading through there on Monday, luckily with no muddy boots in sight, it would seem.
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 One searching after man on board gets the bird(10)
The name of a man on a goard (game) goes before a name for someone who searches.
6a Face some balls, having put ball in vessel? (4)
What you do if you face some balls in sport with a letter that represents a ball inside.
10a American blocks beer getting water instead (5,3)
The abbreviation that means American goes before a word meaning blocks and one for beer to give a slang phrase for the liquid.
12a Lady taking only half of mosaic pieces (4)
A girl’s name is 50% of a word for pieces in a mosaic.
20a Stone ring next to New York Times (4)
The name for a precious stone is a letter meaning ring, next to the abbreviation for the city and another abbreviation meaning times in maths.
23a One retiring will consume small dish (6)
A word for a shy person goes around the abbreviation for small to give a type of dessert.
26a Summarise London area studies first (8)
Two short words meaning study (hence the plural studies) go before the compass region for the London area.
28a Place of worship a celebrant organised (10)
An anagram of A CELEBRANT gives an ancient place of worship.
1d Continue to protect a bird (4,2,2)
A phrase meaning to continue can be broken down into one meaning to protect plus a and a type of small bird.
4d One in a suit or vest being worn (9)
The name in the card game Bridge when a hand has just one card of any suit is made up of two words (7,2) for wearing a type of vest.
6d Ernie, possibly a servant (8)
A cryptic two word definition of Ernie as an eponym, can be joined together to make an old name for a servant.
7d Barely sufficient these days to regard as similar (8)
The abbreviation for these days as a period goes before something meaning to regard as similar.
15d Heard Lady in Red and felt great joy? (8)
A homophone for a girl’s name inside the colour.
17d Very much likes to put away chair (4,4)
A name for a piece of furniture can be split up differently into a word meaning likes and one meaning to put away something.
19d Fetch dog right away (8)
The name for a breed of dog, minus its last letter.
22d English itch badly to accept any number from a particular community (6)
The abbreviation for English plus an anagram of ITCH with inside the abbreviation in maths for any number.
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