Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29204 (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 History behind stadium (10)
A word meaning behind is followed by what a stadium is sometimes called
9a Curse what firefighters do (2,2,6)
This curse des what it says on the can!
13a Bats in the Belfry? (4,5)
A dreadful cryptic definition of the implements, which to my jnowledge are never referred to as bats, used at the Belfry, a course in Warwickshire that has hosted the Ryder Cup on four occasions
16a Marked place to use drugs (3-3)
This fold at the corner of a page in a book, to mark one’s place, when split (2,4), could mean to use drugs
20a Beetle perhaps quickly goes into shell (8)
Follow the type of vehicle of which the Beetle is an example (perhaps) with a word meaning quickly
23a PM second to none endlessly holding ring (9)
This PM is an abbreviation for part of the day – a word meaning second or following goes in front of NON[e] without its final letter (endlessly) but around the ring-shaped letter
26a Waterway used by crews, not odd characters in oilskins (4)
This waterway ,used frequently by one of the crews in the Boat Race, is found by dropping the odd letters from the last word in the clue
29a Rich European students getting turned out? (4-6)
E(uropean) and two of the letters which represent a student inside (getting … out) a verb meaning turned
1d Animated rabbit is annoying (4)
The first name of an animated “bunny” also means “is annoying”
2d Provide small child to fill in as baseball player (7)
Having “guessed” the wrong baseball player, I failed to parse this until I gt the right one! – just put the abbreviation (small) for CH(ild) inside a verb meaning to provide food
3d Heartless loud-mouthed directors to be ignored (2,2,3,5)
Start with a five-letter colloquial word for loud mouthed, drop its middle letter (heartless) and add a phrase meaning directors
7d Liberal academic exercise (7)
An abbreviation for an academic is followed by a verb meaning to exercise
11d A mortal chess blunder? (8,4)
An anagram (blunder) of A MORTAL CHESS gives a very basic way to win a game of chess – I once won this way when playing a chess match against a girls’ school, and was accused of being “ungallant”!
17d Somewhat rusty member of parliament? (5,3)
… don’t forget that a parliament is a collective noun for a species of “wise” birds
22d Religious leader — the old cartoon character (6)
I loved the thought of this religious leader sharing the first four letters of this cartoon character, only an old word for “the” separating them!
25d Metal van (4)
Two definitions – a metallic element and a word meaning the van or front
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The Quick Crossword pun: weal+metre+gain=We’ll Meet Again