Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29341
The Saturday Crossword Club
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BD Rating – Difficulty **– Enjoyment ****
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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
This morning’s blog comes to you from the west wing of my flat overlooking the patio outside my sheltered accommodation laundry, just for a change.
Today’s teaser was rather enjoyable and I am pleased that we seem to be settling into a nice pattern of enjoyable Saturday challenges. This feels like our original Mysteron setter – some cricketing references and the usual elegant clues.
Nothing terribly taxing although there’s one word that you’ve heard of, but may not have known the definition of.
All in all a satisfying solve and very nearly a pangram
Some news. Our regular Sunday setter Dada celebrates the 25th anniversary today of his first Guardian puzzle, which the paper has reprinted with some updated clues. To celebrate he is hosting a webchat this evening at 7:30pm UK time. Congratulations to him.
You’ll need to download Zoom, which is the app of the moment but don’t need to sign up and will need to sign up for his email at his website https://www.johnhalpern.co.uk
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 Robber in group seizing equipment (7)
BRIGAND: We start with the old name for a robber and this comprises a word for a (rock) group and wrap it around something meaning equipment.
5a Austere detectives in CIA sent back (7)
ASCETIC: Something meaning austere (usually referring to a lifestyle of a certain philosopher) is an abbreviation for detectives returned inside CIA. A clue that follows the old tradition of easier indications for an obscure word. Something some of our daily setters occasionally forget.
9a I’m within illuminated boundary (5)
LIMIT: A word for a boundary comprises I’m inside something meaning illuminated.
10a In NY a sole freshly cooked with onions (9)
LYONNAISE: A MasterChef type word referring to a dish cooked with onions is an anagram (freshly) of IN NY A SOLE. While we’re on the subject, what did you think of the Final last night? The right person won overall, but on the day’s performance, I don’t think the verdict was correct. What did you think?
11a Coming out badly in tax claim is let-down (10)
ANTICLIMAX: Something that turns out disappointing is an anagram (coming out badly) of IN TAX CLAIM.
12a The straight approach initially, then right tyrant (4)
TSAR: A word for a tyrant can be found by taking three initial letters of words and adding R for right.
14a Pioneer priest on island adopting strange rites (12)
FRONTIERSMAN: The word for an American pioneer (think Davy Crockett) is found by taking the abbreviated title for a priest, adding ON plus an anagram of RITES and sticking the lot before that name of a UK island.
18a Retailer dealing in Leicester and Derby? (12)
CHEESEMONGER: An al-in-one cryptic definition. If you wanted a tin bath or some candles you’d go to one type of shop so named, if you needed the produce of Leicester and Derby, you’d go to one of these. Or in this example, not….
21a English anger seen in nearby country (4)
EIRE: A country not terribly far from me is revealed by taking an abbreviation for English and adding a traditional Crossword word for anger.
22a Wine lover Jo is taking in Los Angeles (10)
BEAUJOLAIS: The name for a popular wine released annually in a traditional event is made up of a word for a lover, then putting the abbreviation for the US city inside JO IS. Once upon a time the release of this used to be a big event, but it seems to be ignored by the British press nowadays.
25a China must embrace change, daughter thought (9)
MEDITATED: The appearance of another Crossword standard. When China appears in a clue it rarely means the country, but a reference to what it means in Cockney rhyming slang. So take this meaning, insert a word meaning to change something and add D for daughter. This gives you something meaning thought.
26a Peter Sellers somewhat brusque? (5)
TERSE: I think I have seen this clue four times already this year. A word meaning brusque is hidden inside the name of the actor.
27a Royals upset northern woman (7)
ROSALYN: A woman’s name is found by rearranging (upset) ROYALS and adding N for Northern.
28a Lightly cooked part in cheese dish (7)
RAREBIT: The name for a favourite cheese comfort food (well, it is for me!) is the cookery term meaning lightly cooked plus a short word for a part.
1d Romantic song everyone gets nasty about (6)
BALLAD: The name for a romantic song often crooned is a word meaning nasty around something meaning everyone.
2d Prisoner one meant to corrupt (6)
INMATE: Another way of describing a prisoner is found by taking the abbreviation for one and adding an anagram (to corrupt) of MEANT.
3d Supremely evil influence in Chartist reforms (10)
ANTICHRIST: The name for a religiously evil influence is an anagram (reforms) of IN CHARTIST
4d Husband stocks food shop in capital territory (5)
DELHI: Inside the shortened name for a food shop goes H (husband) to give a world capital.
5d Love helping after trouble (9)
ADORATION: Something meaning love is revealed by putting the word for a helping after what can mean trouble.
6d Beat and not beet? (4)
CANE: A word meaning to beat is also a form of sugar that isn’t the sort named in the clue.
7d Hard work gets paintings into book (8)
TOILSOME: An adjective meaning something is hard work can be revealed by putting a style of painting inside a word for a book.
8d Woodland space becoming brighter (8)
CLEARING: A double definition for an open space in a wood and something becoming brighter.
13d Game in which ale served up for pirate (10)
FREEBOOTER: A word for ale is reversed inside a slang word for a type of sport to give the name for a pirate.
15d Last but one team member in political residence? (6,3)
NUMBER TEN: Two definitions, one being a famous political home and the other being the next to last player of a certain type of sporting team. The political home is that of the Chief Mouser to the Treasury.
16d Bowler claiming credit for sensational headline (8)
SCREAMER: Newspaper slang for a sensational headline is found by taking the name for a type of bowler in cricket and putting it round the abbreviation for credit.
17d That man travels round British Isles (8)
HEBRIDES: A short way of saying ‘that man’ and something meaning travels goes around the abbreviation for British and gives you some notable northern islands.
19d Zulu on barge moved around city (6)
ZAGREB: A European capital city is found by taking the letter referred to by Zulu is a certain alphabet and adding an anagram (moved) of BARGE.
20d Verbal agreement for rise (6)
ASCENT: Because of the way the answer appears in the grid you could put either entry in here? No, not at all! Here the answer has to be the underlined definition as the verbal comes first, before the word agreement.
23d Short articles in French and German (5)
UNDER: A way of saying ‘short’ in quantity is found by taking how a Frenchman and the German say their articles.
24d Thanks accepted by the Spanish and others (2,2)
ET AL: A Latin phrase meaning ‘and others’ is made up of a way of saying thanks inside the definite article in Spanish.
All in all, a very enjoyable solve although I’m expecting the usual moans about cricketing terms.
The other puzzles around today:
The Guardian – Paul’s (Dada’s) very first puzzle in that paper:
The FT by Redshank
The Independent by Hob (Puck in the Guardian) – watch the ad and click the PRINT TAG
Music to finish – try this – from an incredible talent.
See you next Saturday!
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