Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29144 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings. it’s that time of the month again. This time, I’m sitting in the Stretford Bridge Club, getting ready for our Committee Meeting at 10am. At this time of the year most bridge clubs start courses of lessons and we are no exception. If you’re in the Manchester area and would like to play this splendid game, contact me and I’ll let you have details. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play, contact your local club, chances are they will be starting a course soon.
Now to the matter in hand. This rather looks like the handiwork of our regular Mysteron and it’s a very enjoyable puzzle with some rather amusing and clever clues. There are a couple of unusual words on duty today, and I have tried to hint those for you. Not over-keen on the grid, as there’s only one way into each section from the long answers. However it was fun to do and I’m sure you’ll raise a few smiles too. It’s also a pangram, which was verified by my last answer in.
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 Boxer about to get into company making cloth (6)
The name by which a famous boxer is known and the abbreviation for about go inside the abbreviation for company. This will lead you to a type of cloth.
9a A rook entering beast’s part of windpipe (6)
A, plus the chess abbreviation for rook go inside the name of a wild cat to give a part of the throat.
11a Money, endless variety (6)
A word not very often used for coinage is the name for a variety (particularly of animal), minus its last letter.
14a Sailor has answer, forgiveness (10)
The standard abbreviation for a sailor, plus a word meaning answer gives you one meaning forgiveness.
18a Heartened by strength in conclusion (10)
Inside a word for conclusion goes a word meaning strength to lead you to something meaning heartened by something.
24a Temporary solution from fleet facing difficulty (5,3)
A phrase meaning a temporary solution is found by taking a word meaning fleet (as an adjective) and something that refers to a spot of bother.
25a Stop returning cask, it contains heated water (3,3)
An old exclamation meaning ‘Stop!’ takes the name of a wine cask reversed to give somewhere with a whole lot of water.
27a Overfast? (6)
A cryptic way of saying what you do if you fast too much.
1d Huge diminution in fuel (8)
A word that means diminution (go on, look it up!) goes inside a type of fuel to giv something referring to being very large.
2d Liberality of Scottish capital mentioned (8)
Probably my favourite clue today for its outrageousness. I spent a while fretting this was a poor homophone of a place in Scotland. Then I realised that if you say the word correctly, it tells you what can be found at the start of Scottish!
5d Not conforming, not like some Greek churchgoers (10)
A word meaning not conforming is how you may not describe members of a certain Greek church.
7d The compiler’s about to stay in the same place (6)
An old Latin word meaning ‘in the same place’ is found by taking how a crossword compiler refers to themselves wrapped around something meaning to stay.
13d Pay for whisky producer’s stoppage? (10)
Something meaning a stoppage is revealed by taking a word meaning to pay for something added before where whisky is produced.
16d A US soldier thanks Ben, troublemaker (8)
A, plus an abbreviation for an American military man takes that word for thanks, plus an English word for what a Ben is north of the border. This gives you a word for someone who causes trouble.
19d Boat made from part of tree, reportedly (6)
The name for a type of boat is a homophone for a part of a tree.
20d A group of twelve houses? (6)
This answer ensures you complete the pangram. What is it that comprises twelve houses, including a maiden, a scorpion and a bull? It’s a cryptic definition of the word required.
21d One adding fuel to the flames in city right at the end (6)
The name for someone who adds fuel is the name of a city, whose soccer team are known as the Potters, plus the abbreviation for right.
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The Quick Crossword pun: micron+easier=Micronesia