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DT 29245 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29245 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by crypticsue

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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.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.

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

17a Key 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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54 comments on “DT 29245 (Hints)

  1. A most enjoyable prize puzzle today. The left side fell into place well but the right held out for quite a time. I will admit to electronic help for one or two clues, though. No real favourites although I did like 26a.

    Grateful thanks to the setter and to Cryptic Sue for the hints and for stepping in at what seems to be the last minute. Well done! :good:

    Weather fair in Shropshire today.

  2. A relatively straightforward solve for me, with the SE corner being the last to fall. All over in **/*** time. The ‘Late Vehicle’ in 21a always brings a wry smile to my face, and is therefore my COTD.

    23a takes me back. Ouch.

    Many thanks to the setter and Cryptic Sue for the late substitution.

  3. By recent Saturday standards, I found this quite gentle to the point that I did not notice the double unches – completed at a gallop – **/****.
    Candidates for favourite – 23a, 27a, and 7d – and the winner is 7d for the definition hiding in plain sight.
    Thanks to the setter and CS.

  4. Well done and thanks to cryptic sue for stepping into the breach at the last minute. This was relatively straightforward and enjoyable. I liked the tongue in cheek quality in 20a and 19a. Lots of good anagrams too. Thanks to the setter too.

  5. Very enjoyable indeed. Just finished without any assistance. Having seen the hints I am reassured of the approach I took. Thanks to the setter and Cryptic Sue. Loved 23a and 26a.

  6. 2*/3*. This was light but enjoyable. I would have finished in my 1* time except that my original answer for 14a fitted the definition and wordplay perfectly but my second word was wrong and yielded impossible letters for 7d & 8d. ☹

    23a was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Mr Ron and to BD.

      1. Sorry CS, and thank you. I copied and pasted my comment which I had written before the review was posted.

  7. A very comfortable and enjoyable solve for a bright morning. It may be a chestnut, but I had 18d as my favourite clue ahead of 21a. Like MalcolmR above, the SE corner was the last part of the grid to yield.

    Thanks to our Saturday setter and to CS for stepping in.

  8. This all flowed quite easily from 1a downwards – wavelength or maybe the anagrams and a few gimmies – until a pause for thought on 27a which fell when 19d went in ( note to self to remember that pile). Lots of smiles throughout so no stand out favourite, but at a push I’ll go for 18d for the surface, which sounds like a Cabinet meeting. Thanks to setter for the variety of clues and occasional misdirection and to CS and a belated Happy Christmas to all.

  9. Nice and gentle for a prize puzzle a 1.5*\3.5* for me. Good to see the once banned 26A in use, had not heard this word for decades. Also liked 4D and 7D. It’s a miracle how you all get these hints out each day with incredible efficiency, so many thanks Cryptic Sue, for performing so well again under such duress.

  10. Easy peasy was our comment here in Cambridge but still have to read the review! Slightly worried by the parsing of 6d but the diminutive of street is acceptable so hey ho. Happy midmas to all, a nice hiatus before New Year.

  11. A very enjoyable puzzle which was a ***/*** for me. 23a and 17d my favourites today. Thanks to the setter and also to cryptic sue.

  12. Quick start, little stall, accelerated and then journey done. Enjoyable whilst watching Test Match. Thanks to all.

  13. Was anyone else surprised at the inclusion of the 4d answer? Is it not a pretty much offensive term these days?

      1. There are lots of words in Chambers that the crossword editor would not allow in puzzles – I was a bit surprised that this one was allowed.

  14. That was a veritable piece of Christmas cake but nonetheless enjoyable for that however I can do without abbreviations and colloquialisms such as 26a which seem to be popular these days. 7d is clever but surely there is no real indicator for the solution word. Anagram lovers (such as Kath?) will have been pleased. Simple Favs 10a and 14a. Thank you Mysteron and CS who was able to Quickie15a.

  15. I agree with Rabbit Dave: light but enjoyable. I was a little concerned about the political correctness of the solution to 4d but maybe that is a product of the age. Thanks otherwise to the setter and to CS for standing in at short notice. Have a happy New Year everyone.

  16. A very easy puzzle (for me) finished in double quick time without help from the blog.
    The electronic version won’t let me submit. Keeps crashing out. Possibly due my ancient Android.