Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29329
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Until the Telegraph resumes the award of prizes for the Saturday puzzles, this post, and tomorrow’s, will be just like the Monday to Friday posts, with hints for every clue and revealable answers. BD
Good morning from a sunny Warrington.
Hope you are coping well with the lockdown wherever you are.
I’m running some online quizzes and playing plenty of online bridge, as well as studying for my OU German finals. I was stood down from work about ten days ago, but have not been furloughed yet, and that has brought some additional worries. I’ve been told I may be needed to work from home, but have yet to hear.
Anyway, back to today’s teaser, which I think is by our primary Saturday Mysteron. It’s an elegant puzzle which has lovely clueing and for me, provides just the right challenge for a back pager.
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.
Some hints follow.
1a Doctor No’s at place to trade in 007’s vehicle? (5,6)
ASTON MARTIN: The marque of James Bond’s car is an anagram (Doctor) of NO’S AT, add to this a place to buy and sell things plus IN.
10a The ultimate feature of some games (5)
OMEGA: A word, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, meaning ultimate is hidden in SOME GAMES.
11a It’s more alarming admitting if one means to break up (9)
SCARIFIER: Something meaning more alarming takes (admits) IF and gives you something that can break up ground.
12a Every Russian in sporty car to gad about (9)
GALLIVANT: A word meaning every and a Terrible Russian name goes inside the initials asspsociated with a sporty and fast car to give something meaning gad about.
13a Little chap beginning to thrive before long (5)
TITCH: One way to spell the name given to someone who’s vertically challenged comprises the first letter of thrive plus one meaning to long for something.
14a Colourless football team switching pair at the back (6)
ALBINO: Someone who is colourless, lacking pigmentation can be found by taking the suffix of some soccer teams: West Brom or Burton in England, Stirling in Scotland and even one with this name in Uruguay! and then switching the last two letters round. A nice clue.
16a A kiss cut short to show affection for one that may be related (8)
ANECDOTE: A slang word for a kiss takes something meaning to show affection over someone or something. This leads to something related, in the sense of a verbal relation….
18a What’s brought from food shop before jolly (8)
DELIVERY: Something a great many people are having at the moment to their homes. The (short) name for a food shop and a word meaning jolly, as in the expression ‘a jolly good show’.
20a Hospital cutting top-class medication that’s on the rise (6)
UPHILL: The one letter abbreviation for upper-class goes before a sort of medication and the whole lot goes around the abbreviation for a hospital to give a description of something rising.
23a Bridge players perhaps unpleasant creatures when losing the lead (5)
EASTS: In bridge sessions, the players are named according to cardinal points and here you’re looking for a group of players sitting in one particular seat. Take a word for nasty creatures and remove the first letter.
24a & 26a Vehicle for 007 damaged slightly evading hit (3,6,9)
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS: ‘Vehicle’ in this clue means a film title. An anagram of SLIGHTLY EVADING HIT.
26a See 24 Across
27a For Frenchman, extremely small lock (5)
TRESS: The name for a lock of hair is found by taking the word someone from France would use to say extremely and adding the abbreviation for small.
28a Characters showing relief from disturbed rest slept round about (11)
LETTERPRESS: The name for a printing style where the letters are raised from the paper is an anagram of REST SLEPT which goes around a word meaning ‘about’. Probably the most obscure word today.
2d Use artillery for cover (5)
SHELL: Two definitions here. To use artillery against someone and an outer cover.
3d Group of stars gathering at address (7)
ORATION: The name for a famous constellation has AT insierted to give an address.
4d Fail to find motorway covering Scottish island (6)
MISLAY: If you can’t find something, this is what you may do. The abbreviation for a motorway goes before the name of a Scottish island, home to many distilleries.
5d Organist somehow dressing down (8)
ROASTING: The word for a dressing down now used in comedy circles for a tribute show is an anagram (somehow) of ORGANIST
6d Stupid African despot for the listener (7)
IDIOTIC: The first name of one of the nastier African dictators plus a word meaning ‘pertaining to the ear’ gives you a word meaning stupid.
7d Lout with money just about fit for purpose (5-3-5)
ROUGH AND READY: If something is almost fit for purpose, there’s an expression which is made up of the name for a lout or thug plus a slang name for money.
8d Visit our amazingly talented musicians (8)
VIRTUOSI: The name for wonderfully talented musicians is an anagram (amazingly) of VISIT OUR.
9d Indiana Jones perhaps loathes a corgi barking (13)
ARCHAEOLOGIST: What Indiana Jones did as a day job is an anagram of LOATHES A CORGI.
15d Sweet shot? (5-3)
BULLS-EYE: The name for a sticky sweet popular with schoolboys is also the name for a darts shot.
17d Note time absorbed in handicraft (8)
CROTCHET: A word for a musical note, is the name of a handicraft, enjoying a renaissance at the moment, with the abbrevaiation for time inside.
19d Trace viewer regularly introducing Top Gear driver (7)
VESTIGE: A name for a small amount, or a trace comprises the alternate letters of the word VIEWER, plus the name of a character from the TV series Top Gear.
21d Love potion makes Duke of Edinburgh tango with the queen (7)
PHILTER: A word for a love potion (and an alternative spelling of this word) is found by taking the nickname for the D of E and adding the NATO letter represented by Tango, and the abbreviation for his wife! Love the image.
22d Removing vice from China perhaps is a hard problem (6)
TEASER: The name for a collection of China loses the word VICE and when joined it gives a word for a puzzle.
25d Plans advanced in certain days in Rome (5)
IDEAS: The abbreviation for advanced goes inside that name for the middle days of a Roman month.
I rather enjoyed this nice challenging puzzle. Tell me what you think! I’m off to do the monthly Grand Prix quiz, run a social quiz using Zoom and then probably some bridge this evening!
I leave you with a lovely piece of music – enjoy this!
It’s the Icelandic band Sigur Ros, just listen and wallow. Go on, you might be surprised!
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The Quick Crossword pun: ceiling+whacks=sealing wax