Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29317 (Hints)
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Good morning everyone
Hope you are all safe and well. I’m off to work in a few moments keeping the trains running. Just time to blog and make my sandwiches to keep me going till 11 tonight. I’m picking up some overtime so that if I have to go off down the line, I have my normal income (hopefully!).
I’ve had some very interesting calls, most of which I can’t talk about, but I thought I’d share this one.
Someone rang in to query whether they could get a refund.
Person wants to get a refund on advance train tickets
Me : “Where did you buy them? “
Me: “I’m afraid you need to speak to them, they’ll sort it”
P: “Why can’t you refund me?”
Me “We’re a different company and you are not travelling on GWR”
P But you’re a train company, you’re all the same”
Me “It’s a bit like going to M&S and then asking Waitrose for a refund.”
P I wouldn’t be seen dead in Waitrose,..”
<Bangs head against desk>
Anyway, back to today’s puzzle. The best advice, if you have a blank grid, is to tackle the abundance of three and four letter word answers. That will give you a hold and you should be able to push on from there. One clue is a bit of a baffler and I’ve enlisted the help of two other wise people and we all arrive at the same idea.
If you are at a loose end, a reminder there are other free puzzles around – The Guardian website has its daily cryptic, plus a few other slightly easier omes – the Quiptic and the Speedy; the Financial Times has a puzzle by our Sunday setter. Stay safe and if you want to avoid the gloom and doom, I recommend Scala Radio, an oasis of calm with some splendid music and broadcasters.
See you soon!
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.
6a Entire ancient city has time for good health (3,3,4)
Something meaning entire is added to an ancient city and the abbreviation for time.
9a European abroad sees wild flower as national symbol (9)
An abbreviation for European plus an anagram of sees wild.
13a Tragic royal’s damaged pectoral area (9)
An anagram of pectoral plus the symbol for area.
17a Rook is served with fish dish (7)
The abbreviation for a castle in chess, plus is, and the name of a fish. Guess we’ll be making these soon….
18a Release gang without charge (3,4)
A word (the one with the most definitions in the Big Red Book) meaning a group and something that doesn’t cost anything.
21a Boxing ace, Prescott walloped onlooker (9)
Made me smile. Around (boxing) the symbol for an ace in cards goes an anagram of Prescott
25a Organism spreads to consume upper-class twit (9)
An anagram (spread) of organism goes round the abbreviation for upper-class.
30a Barnet lies approximately 580 miles from here! (4,6)
Another nice one! An anagram (approximately) of Barnet lies.
1d Ships not completed — take flight (4)
A word for a group of ships, minus the last letter.
3d Mike’s misery over Persian’s remark? (4)
The NATO phonetic letter represented by Mike plus the reverse of a word meaning misery,
4d Give drugs to banish cold and help settle (7)
A word meaning to give drugs to someone, minus (banish) C.
8d Dairy product from perfect female in club (9)
A word meaning perfect or total plus the abbreviation for female inside the name for a club.
13d Youngsters spotted with it cross Yellow River first (10)
This can be normally written (7,3) [the print version has 10,0]. A word meaning yellow or cowardly plus the name of an Italian river all go before the letter that means cross.
19d Art expressing the ultimate in shabbiness? (7)
Three erudite minds (well, two and me) have decided that this is two definitions. Another way of expressing how in the Middle Ages you would say ‘art’ to mean ‘you are’, plus a word meaning very shabby or underhand. [Slightly more of a hint this time]
26d Fortieth curry for Cockneys? (4)
How a Cockney describes a curry (the name of a 50’s singer minus the surname) is the name for an anniversary.
28d Egyptian port mentioned (4)
The name for an Egyptian port also means mentioned.
Some music to finish and we have said goodbye to a country music legend today and this is probably his finest hour: –
R I P Kenny Rogers
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