Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29335
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
Greetings from Lockdown Central in Warrington. It’s the Bank Holiday weekend and I guess this is probably going to be the hardest period of the lockdown. I hope you are all coping well and staying infection-free. I have been out of my flat twice in the last seven days; once for leg dressings with my nurse and the other for a click and collect shop that I’d booked almost four weeks ago!
Anyway, here we go with today’s challenge and once again it’s a ‘normal’ blog rather than the official Saturday hints and tips. I rather enjoyed this and suspect it’s the work of the Naughty Canine that’s contributed to the blog recently. However today I couldn’t see anything too troubling, although for a short moment, I had the wrong expression at 16, but when I actually read the clue properly, I realised the error of my ways.
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.
9a Ancient blubber and unusual bone enthralling one (5)
NIOBE We start with an anagram of BONE around the numeral for one, which gives you someone from mythology famous for her tears.
10a Roadside pillar indicating Northumberland far away? (9)
MILESTONE This is almost one of those rebus-type clues. You are looking for a word for a stone found alongside a road, which is how you would say it’s a distance to Northumberland.
11a Greek character embodying powerful scene (7)
TABLEAU A name for a scene depicting an event is found by taking a letter of the Greek alphabet (the 19th) and wrapping it around a word meaning powerful.
12a Mum and dad, not in Paris, touring Split (7)
PARENTS A suffix denoting a negative in French goes around something meaning torn to give you a name for mum and dad. At first, I thought there was a mistake and it should have been a word for fathers around torn, but the clueing here is quite precise and correct.
13a Dance in study with Georgia (5)
CONGA The name of a party dance [now banned because of social distancing ] is found by taking one of the standard words found in crosswords for study and adding the abbreviation for Georgia.
14a Graduate in leather mixed drink (6,3)
HERBAL TEA A type of hot drink is an anagram (mixed) of leather going around the abbreviation for a university graduate.
16a Mashed potato father had just like that (2,3,4,2,1,3)
AT THE DROP OF A HAT An expression meaning impromptu or ‘just like that’ is revealed by rearranging (mashed) POTATO FATHER HAD
19a Vain Tory in chair for hearing (9)
CONCEITED Someone who is vain may be said to be this and you find it by taking the abbreviation for a Tory (or one of the words for study!) and adding a homophone of a word describing someone in a chair.
21a Man who gives the okay? (5)
ROGER A man’s name that is how you say things are ok or understood in radio communication.
23a Carlyle so thought to contain kingdom (7)
LESOTHO A hidden answer (to contain). Look carefully and you’ll spot the name of a kingdom from Africa.
25a See one US soldier covered in hair (7)
IMAGINE The abbreviation for one and the name for a bush of hair goes cover / surrounds a way of saying an American soldier to reveal a way of saying to see (mentally).
27a Normally one admits a grave wrong (2,7)
ON AVERAGE An expression meaning normally is found by putting an anagram (wrong) of A GRAVE inside ONE.
28a Vassal for example tucking into pork pie (5)
LIEGE A word, often used in Shakespeare, denoting how you would address a vassal is found by taking the word for which a pork pie refers in East London and placing it around an abbreviation for ‘say’, as in citing an example.
1d Posh idiot in military detachment (4)
UNIT The name for a military detachment is found by taking the abbreviation for upper class and adding something meaning an idiot.
2d Sweetie turned heads (6)
BONBON A word for a type of sweet is found by a slang word for head, doubling it and reversing it (turned).
3d One from Dakar perhaps seen buffeted by winds close to village (10)
SENEGALESE The nationality of someone from the city of Dakar is revealed by taking an anagram (buffeted) of SEEN plus a word meaning (strong) winds and the last letter (close) to VILLAGE.
4d Attack in surfacing French submarine? (6)
AMBUSH Another hidden answer, but you have to look backwards!
5d Charlie having to drink gin? That’s nonsense (8)
CLAPTRAP A word meaning nonsense can be found by taking C (Charlie – NATO phonetic alphabet), a word meaning to drink and something of which a gin is a type.
6d Employer the manipulative sort? (4)
USER A double definition. One who employs, and one who exploits.
7d Better score’s excellent (3-5)
TOP-NOTCH An expression meaning excellent is found by making a phrase that you may score a piece of wood better.
8d TV personality about to appear in remade westerns (10)
NEWSCASTER An abbreviation of about ( the Latin word for it) goes inside an anagram (remade) of WESTERNS.
13d Opportunity to turn up for finance minister (10)
CHANCELLOR One of the main political offices of state is found by taking a word for opportunity and adding something meaning to turn reversed (up).
15d Pleasant housing over road within budget (10)
AFFORDABLE A word meaning pleasant or friendly has inside (housing) O (over) and the abbreviation for road to give you something meaning within budget.
17d North African unsettled in Austin (8)
TUNISIAN The name from someone from N Africa is an anagram (unsettled) of IN AUSTIN.
18d Helping advanced student is reasonable (8)
RATIONAL Something that means a helping or portion takes the abbreviations for advanced and student to give a word meaning reasonable.
20d Club chauffeur? (6)
DRIVER Double definition. A word for a (golf) club and a chauffeur.
22d Covering carried in short German aircraft (6)
GLIDER This held me up longer than it should have done. Something meaning a covering or top goes inside the abbreviation for German to give a type of aircraft.
24d Affected material daughter ignored (4)
TWEE A type of material (especially from Scotland) needs to lose the letter D (daughter) to give something meaning delicate or affected.
26d First Lady having concern ultimately quits (4)
EVEN The name for the first woman to be mentioned in the Bible plus the last letter (ultimately) of CONCERN and gives a word meaning something is over.
All in all, a pretty enjoyable solve and a nice way to start the day.
As usual, there are other puzzles around for you to tackle:
The Guardian Bank Holiday Puzzle is by Busman under one of his other names and will make you
The FT Prize puzzle is a jigsaw by our very own Hudson under another name.
And the Independent puzzle is by Tyrus and will be suitable for those missing the Toughie:
I’ll be back next week.
Your music today is this one, another from Alexis Ffrench.
The Quick Crossword pun: book+arrest=Bucharest