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DT 29096 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29096 (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.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

Some hints follow.


1a Breakfast for rascal breaking into a run? (7,3)
This is the king of breakfast that might be eaten by a rascal who has broken into a chicken run

6a Perhaps overheat article after both taps run (4)
The indefinite article follows the letters that appear on both taps and is followed by R(un)

13a Corrupt, displaced from cabinet, apparently? (7)
As (2-5) this could (apparently) mean displaced from an office cabinet

18a Stable‘s water source and cable repaired (4-8)
A water source is followed by an anagram (repaired) of AND CABLE

23a Raise status of East German city taken over by the French (7)
E(ast) is followed by the reversal of a German city and the French definite article

24a In the red lippy, cuddling Victor (9)
An adjective meaning lippy or disrespectful around the letter represented by Victor in the NATO Phonetic alphabet

25a Complaint filled out orally (5)
… orally is a homophone indicator here

26a Bloody Mary’s knocked mum out after work (4)
Start with MARY, remove (knocked … out) a word meaning mum and put what’s left after a two-letter word meaning to work – yes, it took me a while to unravel that one!

27a Praiseworthy, like money paid into one’s account? (10)
A sort of cryptic definition of being like money paid into one’s account


1d It’s said to help one get parking with tenancy (6)
P(arking) is followed by a tenancy

3d Trouble with grit in night heater (3-5,6)
Some trouble (3,5) followed by some grit or nerve

4d Diamonds are dealer’s lead — fiendish or foolhardy? (4-5)
A charade of D(iamonds), ARE from the clue, the initial letter (lead) of D[ealer] and an adjective meaning fiendish

8d Local is No.1 in America after cutting piano intro (8)
The office held by the top person in America without the initial letter (intro) of P[iano]

15d Happy not working, gripped by decent novel (9)
An anagram (working) of NOT inside an anagram (novel) of DECENT

17d Skin lotion that needs 6 seconds to penetrate (8)
Listen very carefully, I will ….. – start with synonym of an alternative meaning of the answer to 6 Across and then insert (to penetrate) S(econds) – don’t blame me, I’m only the messenger!

20d Dead rousing session putting up beacon — rake ash now and then (6)
The alternate letters (now and then) of three words in the clue reversed (putting up in a down clue)

22d Gather son’s put on top and fleece (5)
A verb meaning to gather or be informed preceded by S(on)

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The Quick Crossword pun: Roc + inch + heir = rocking chair

1 comment on “DT 29096 (Hints)

  1. Croeso.

    Lots to enjoy and appreciate and too hard to pick a favourite .

    A big welcome back and thanks for all the work put into the return

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