Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29353
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 Warrington, on one of those neither one thing or another days, where the weather can’t make its mind up what it wants to do.
I’m busy getting ready to return to work from Monday (from home, of course) and the last couple of days has been building and setting up my desktop computer and wrestling with installing all the ‘apps’ I need to work. Ho hum!
Back to today. My guess is that today’s puzzle is by our new kid on the block, the Naughty Canine, and very enjoyable it is too. I am resisting the temptation to use the phrase, much bandied around here each weekend, that it is quirky, but I think one of today’s clues defines quirkiness, rather than others often suggested on here as such. I printed off the puzzle just after midnight and did most of it, leaving a couple of clues uncracked. When I picked it up again this morning, I wrote the missing clues straight away.
All in all, an rather enjoyable challenge, and thanks to our probable setter for the workout.
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.
7a Russian poet to practise nepotism? (7)
PUSHKIN: We start with the name of one of Russia’s most famous writers. His name is a two-word explanation of how you might practice nepotism, with the two words joined together.
8a & 10a Poet leaving document, one that’s equivalent to a picture, it’s said? (7,10)
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH: The full name of another poet, this time one of the most famous English ones. Something you normally leave when you shuffle off this mortal coil, plus how one might compare themselves they were if they were a picture. Today’s musical choice at the end should pint you in the right direction. A little bit convoluted, and almost a think-outside-the-box clue. Hopefully you will get it in the end.
11a Soldiers in street establish order (4)
SORT: What you do when you place things in order is found by taking the abbreviation for (basic) soldiers, i.e non-commissioned ones, and placing it inside the abbreviation for street.
12a More than one Trump enthusiast gets on (8)
FANFARES: This one feels a bit too clever for its own good, but it did make me smile. If you have a copy of the BRB (other dictionaries are available), you will see the second definition of the word for The Madman Across the Water, gives you the key to this clue. A word for an enthusiast plus one that means how you are getting on as in the expression ‘How do you do?’.
14a Old film star catches end of finger in mangle (6)
GARBLE: The surname of a film star who was nicknamed the King of Hollywood, and led to the famous quip from an ex-wife: ‘The King of Hollywood?’ If his pee-pee was one inch shorter, they’d be calling him the ‘Queen of Hollywood.’ Insert R (end of finger) and you get something meaning to mangle (your words).
15a Had an accident while jogging for sport in the Lake District? (4-7)
FELL-RUNNING: The name of a sport popular in Cumbria is how you might describe how you got that bruise while you were jogging.
19a Chat about following in taxi (6)
CONFAB: An abbreviated word for a chat (the full version has -ulation after it) can be found by taking a two-letter word meaning ‘about’, plus the abbreviation for ‘following’ and placing both inside a short word for a taxi.
20a Lower-class gentleman producing blower in car (8)
DEMISTER: One of the ways of describing the social status of someone of lower class rank (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS_social_grade ) plus the title associated with a gentleman gives you a blower found in your car.
22a Bustle can arouse (4)
STIR: A double definition. A way of saying both to bustle and to arouse.
23a Boxing film featuring a programme of music popular in rural USA (10)
ROCKABILLY: The name for the type of music (it’s a portmanteau word for two styles of American music) is found by taking the name associated with a series of boxing films starring Sylvester Stallone. Insert the indefinite article and a word for a programme in a theatre.
25a Church dignitary that could make power tell (7)
PRELATE: The name for a church official is found by taking the abbreviation for power (its first letter!) and adding a word meaning to tell.
26a Supporting British in competition (7)
BRACING: A way of saying fitting supports to something is found by taking an abbreviation for British and adding something that means in competition with others.
1d Shropshire University College erected domes (7)
CUPOLAS: The architectural name for domes is found by taking the abbreviation for the county of Shropshire, adding U(niversity) and C(ollege) and reversing the lot (erected)
2d Get rid of outbuilding (4)
SHED: Two definitions To get rid of something and a word for an outbuilding.
3d One observes contrary directions in Mozart’s quartet (6)
VIEWER: Two opposite points of the compass go inside how Mozart said the word four to give you someone who observes something.
4d I’m aching running round lake (8)
MICHIGAN: One of only a small number of anagrams today. The name for a famous lake is and anagram (running round) of I’M ACHING
5d Show solidarity with no slackers about (5,5)
CLOSE RANKS: Another of the anagrams here. A expression meaning to show solidarity (often used against professionals) is an anagram (about) of NO SLACKERS.
6d Employees seek opinions about Scottish town (7)
PAYROLL: Something meaning to ask for something goes round a Scottish town to give the name for employees of a company.
9d She wrote horrid music, discordant (4,7)
IRIS MURDOCH: And a third anagram. The name for an award-winning writer is an anagram (discordant) of HORRID MUSIC.
13d Affray with no-one being charged (4-3-3)
FREE-FOR-ALL: An expression for a set-to or punch-up is also how you might describe than event that doesn’t cost anything.
16d Deliver one booze half-heartedly, taking too much time about it (8)
LIBERATE: The abbreviation for one, plus a four-letter word for some booze with one of its two middle letters missing ( it doesn’t matter which, they are the same!) has a word meaning take too much time around it. This leads to a word meaning deliver or free up.
17d Make better clothes available in Dior’s business? (7)
COUTURE: A word meaning to make better goes around (clothes) something meaning available to give you Christian Dior’s business
18d Became friends with independent film director (7)
FELLINI: The name of the famous Italian film director (such as L’Avventura!) is found by using an expression meaning became friends and then adding I(ndependent)
21d Spare silver collected in pool (6)
MEAGRE: The word for a pool or a lake goes around the chemical symbol for silver
24d Long sales talk with no pressure (4)
ITCH: The word for a sales patter loses the abbreviation for pressure to give something meaning to long for
The Crossword Club is now open!
If you are looking for something else to keep you amused, today’s free cryptics are here:
Guardian Puzzle by Paul (incidentally he is having another of his online chats this evening – there will be information on his website no doubt www.johnhalpern.co.uk )
The FT puzzle by Artexlen (our Toughie setter Proximal)
Independent Puzzle by Dalibor – click ‘PRINT’ on puzzle screen for a paper copy. You’ll need to watch an advert.
The Quick Crossword pun: genie+allergy=genealogy