Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29245 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Apologies for the delay in providing some hints..
.. but I’m last minute stand in again, so I’ve only had time to provide a few hints. There are a lot of anagrams in today’s crossword which should help you get started, even allowing for the double-unches all over the grid. If you need more help, just shout and I’ll do my best to assist
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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Surly, moderated after being unwell (3-8)
A synonym for moderated goes after a word meaning unwell
14a Rest period midway through sentence? (4-4)
Add a word describing where you’d be if you were midway, possibly in the middle of a prison sentence
London line? (7)
This word meaning key or important is the same as a London Underground line
27a Sign of nerves, establishing a connection? (11)
Split your solution 4,7 and you’ll spot a sign of nerves
2d Moderate in support of student contract (5)
A verb meaning to moderate supports (well it is a down clue) the usual abbreviation for student
7d Fast food shop feeding trendy belle on a regular basis (9)
Fast in the sense of unable to be erased or blotted out – the usual two-letter ‘trendy’ is fed by a food shop and the result followed with the regular letters of belle
17d Crustacean caught by skate and another aquatic creature (8)
The abbreviation for caught, another name for the skate, followed by another aquatic creature
24d Downfall of bear losing its head (4)
Remove the ‘head’ from an old name for a bear, particularly in children’s stories
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The Quick Crossword pun: newer+rival=new arrival