Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29323 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from a sunny Warrington.
After the storm of last Saturday’s 19 down, and thanks to our setter for coming in to
beg forgiveness offer an explanation, we return to gentler waters with a puzzle that I guess is by our original Mysteron. Most of it went in smoothly except for 1 across/down, as I’d managed to find an alternative sporting method of player selection. In truth, though, this did not hold me up too much.
Thanks to today’s setter for a very enjoyable solve and please, keep self-isolating and self-distancing wherever you are. If you are down with the virus, then hopefully it will start to ease. I know a few of your regular setters are down with it and are reporting discomfort and unpleasant symptoms but seem to be over the worst.
Now to important matters. There’s a note from the Editor in today’s paper. From today, there’ll be no prize puzzles at the weekend, which I guess is down to our present situation, which affects the blog obviously. This set of notes had already been prepared over breakfast, so after consulting with the boss, we wondered whether we should continue with the hints and then a full blog later in the day (around 5pm??) or would you just like a normal ‘daily’ blog? Cast your vote here.
We’d appreciate your comments.
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 around 5pm today, as it isn’t a prize puzzle.
Some hints follow.
1a Selecting players for hurling (7)
Two definitions. These players are not found on a sporting stage but a theatrical one.
11a Painter a liability? Partly, among other things (5,4)
Get your magnifying glass out and look for the answer! One of two Latin phrases in today’s puzzle.
12a Glower from club user initially barred (5)
The definition here is slightly misleading, in the same way that a river can be described as a ‘flower’ so this…? A word for someone who uses a club, minus its first letter.
13a Old number three fouled (5)
One of the oldest crossword clues ever. I refer m’learned friends to the previous clue to explain the definition.
17a Two scholars placed in reform school (4,5)
The name for your old school. Two academic qualifications are placed inside a word meaning reform.
22a Asian city or Greek one without parking (5)
The name for a major Asian city is that of one best known in Greek mythology, minus the abbreviation for parking.
23a Facetious talk about right presentation prop (4,5)
An aide to giving a presentation, now mainly replaced by PowerPoint. Something meaning facetious, plus a type of talk goes around the abbreviation for right.
25a Not settled round greenery, second rook departs (7)
The letter represented by ’round’, plus a slightly obscure word for lush greenery which loses the second occurrence of the chess symbol for a rook.
28a Believe to be dodgy (7)
Two definitions here.
1d Groom and lovely female going to marry (7)
A term meaning to groom and one that means lovely, minus its first letter.
4d Diver’s shame, eating most of fruit (9)
The name for a non-human diver. A word meaning shame goes around most of the name of a sour fruit.
6d Good person with just the same name as writer (9)
A short way of saying a good person, plus a phrase meaning ‘just the same’ and add the abbreviation for name.
17d Tough resistance with pair in Australia (7)
Inside the abbreviation for Australia goes one for resistance and a word meaning pair.
18d One who wrote less about truth, might we infer? (7)
This is as near as we’ll come to last week’s 19d. A French author needed here. If you reverse the concept of the clue, he would write … this?
24d Soldiers and police surrounding king (5)
A body of soldiers is found by putting a word for the police around the abbreviation for king. And it isn’t PRIGS!
I hope you weren’t too troubled by today’s puzzle. A reminder that there are some other free puzzles around at The Guardian, Independent and Financial Times sites if you are looking for things to do. The FT puzzle is rather fun today and by one of our Toughie setters.
Here are some links:
Music to finish, and I offer you this as an oasis of calm.
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The Quick Crossword pun: vile+inn+beau=violin bow