Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29180 (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 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 French journalist with courtesy title’s feat of endurance (8)
The most notable thing about this French political theorist, physician, and scientist who was a journalist and politician during the French Revolution, was that he was assassinated while taking a medicinal bath, allegedly on the orders of the Marquis de Sade – add a courtesy title to get a feat of endurance first performed by the Greek soldier Pheidippides
5a American with old Bob grieves audibly in trial (6)
A(merican) followed by the symbol that represents the old coin known as a Bob and what sounds like (audibly) a verb meaning grieves
11a Isn’t allowed to include electronic sheet of paper (7)
Three-letter words meaning Isn’t and allowed around (to include) E(lectronic)
13a Before alleged, that’s taken for granted (11)
A charade of a three-letter prefix meaning before and a word meaning alleged
16a Nimble comedian Edward having an alert mind (5-6)
An adjective meaning nimble followed by a comedian and the three-letter affectionate version of Edward
21a Chocolate therefore left in pressurised container (7)
… the chocolate is a proprietary product
22a Feline coming to an unexpectedly abrupt end (4,3)
A not-very-cryptiv definition of a feline with only a rudimentary tail
23a Cheat thanks Romeo with daughter who’s a feeble-minded person (6)
Crossword Lego® – a two-letter verb meaning to cheat someone followed by a brief word of thanks, the letter represented by Romeo in the NATO Phonetic alphabet and D(aughter)
26a Delivery of porcelain figure? (8)
Split as (5,3) this ball bowled by a left-arm bowler that spins in the opposite direction to the bowler’s usual delivery could be a porcelain figure
1d Doctor goes round country for some wool (6)
One of the two-letter abbreviations for a doctor around the poetic name for Ireland
2d Stands topless and bolts (6)
Start with some stands hot food containers and drop (topless) its initial letter
3d Fixture that might prove gripping for Windsor? (3,4)
6d Work hastily about first half of July to make ramp (3,4)
A verb meaning to work hastily or carelessly around the first half of JU[ly]
8d Still having fancy diet before bed? (8)
An adverb meaning still followed by an anagram (fancy) of DIET
12d Pitched battle that’s first-class perhaps (6,5)
… this pitch is a cricket pitch
14d Blue is smoother, without question (8)
To get this verb meaning blue or to misspend put a tool used to make wood smoother around QU(estion)
15d Thrilled lout was in contention outside (8)
Apparently the answer can mean thrilled – put a four-letter lout inside a verb meaning was in contention
17d Bird finding trees bending in Malaysian city (7)
An anagram (bending) of TREES inside the abbreviation for a Malaysian city
20d Quite a bit of restraint or tension (6)
Hidden (quite a bit of) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: knew+Marr+Kitt=Newmarket