Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29192 (Hints)
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This blog comes to you courtesy of TransPennine Express as we hurtle over to the Elgar Birthday Bash in York, where many of the great and good (and a few not-so-good!) will be meeting to celebrate the birthday of the Tormentor known as Elgar, Nimrod and Enigmatist, or John to his friends. Incidentally, if you are a masochist for his puzzles, he is on duty today in the i Paper on the IQ slot, following yesterday’s mayhem in the Toughie.
I found today’s back-pager straightforward with a few little traps. I was a bit bothered that the definition at 25ac might have been a misprint, but thanks to a little bird, I am wiser. My defence m’lud is no Chambers on this train….
And now slightly delayed, as someone helpfully lifting my walking aid off the train managed to drop my laptop bag onto the track here is the blog for today…..
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 Wild cat is stalking cobra, writhing and tumbling (10)
Rearrange CAT IS after an anagram of COBRA to give something describing gymnastic tumbling.
9a Motorway with illuminations, westbound excellent for emergency service? (7)
Take the abbreviation for a motorway and add a word referring to being illuminated, then reverse (westwards) an abbreviation for excellent. This gives you the name given to an emergency force seen abroad.
12a Rash of surplus plastic noticed around northern France (4-9)
An expression meaning rash is revealed by taking a word for surplus, and then rearranging NOTICED around the abbreviations for northern and France.
15a And what have you from Rome? (2,6)
A cryptic way of saying ‘and what have you’ in Latin!
19a Weep as son rejected the wine in Provence (6)
After the abbreviation for son, take how you say ‘the wine’ across the Channel’ but reversed to give you a word meaning to cry.
24a Quintet sit rabbiting about incorporating singer? (7)
A reverse hidden answer.
25a Best essence of citrus, small amount (7)
I’d forgotten this definition. Take the middle two letters (essence) of citrus and add a small amount in weight to get a word meaning to outdo, or beat.
27a British disarmed revolts, including one person holding up train (10)
After an abbreviation for British goes an anagram (revolts) of DISARMED with the symbol for one inserted, to give you someone who may carry a train.
1d Handy to be associated with this force? (4)
Think a little bit off the wall with this. A word that refers to a force (of people) is sort of where you’d find your hand-y! I am reminded of the old joke: Where did you find Napoleon’s armies? Up his sleevies!!
4d Dream to be 25 with a piercing, instead of old and posh (6)
Take the answer to 25 and swap the abbreviations for old and posh for ‘A’ to give the answer here.
5d Cases found in taxi this person catches (8)
A word for a taxi is followed by how the setter may style themselves and something meaning catches reveals a word meaning cases.
11d NY-based organisation shortly becoming French one? (6,7)
A name for an organisation has its home in the Big Apple has an abbreviation that is the French for one.
18d Top of singles 100 chart, composed score (7)
Take the first letter of singles, add the Roman numeral for 100 and an angram (composed) of chart.
20d Home extension also gripped by unruly rave (7)
A word meaning also is surrounded by an anagram of rave to give part of many homes.
23d Daughter supports that woman’s family of 16? (4)
The name for a group of the answer to 16 is found by taking a word for that woman and the abbreviation for daughter.
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The Quick Crossword pun: beech+buoys=Beach Boys