Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29371
The Saturday Crossword Club by Tilsit
What was the last letter you wrote in?
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
Morning from the Warrington branch of Lockdown Central.
Thanks to BD for covering last week
A pleasant enough Saturday solve, where more effort seems to have been put into turning the puzzle into a pangram than some of the clues. A nice coffee-break solve. I’m guessing that for many, the last letter written in was in 2 down and made you realise it was a pangram.
Thanks to our setter and if you are still hungry for something to tackle, there’s our NTSPP puzzle plus the following:
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 Exactly what is needed in employment (4,3,3)
JUST THE JOB: An expression that means both exactly what is needed, as well as the one thing you need to be working.
6a Business not yielding to pressure (4)
FIRM: A double definition for a word that means a business, as well as something that is inflexible to the touch.
9a Bill in the train transported coal (10)
ANTHRACITE: A word for a type of fuel comprises an anagram (transported) of THE TRAIN with the standard crossword abbreviation for bill or account inside.
10a Witches caught missing something to cook? (4)
OVEN: The name for a group of witches with the abbreviation for caught removed gives you something you use to cook with?
13a Coming from the desert, Sarah, an eccentric (7)
SAHARAN: An anagram (eccentric) of SARAH AN reveals the name for someone who lives in a desert in N Africa.
15a Duck not about to become friend (6)
QUAKER: A description of a duck (from the noise it makes) needs to lose the abbreviation for about to give the name for a member of a religious community whose churches are known as ‘meeting houses’. And sometimes make porridge.
16a Means to arrange ambush (6)
WAYLAY: A word for the means to do something goes before a way of saying to arrange (a table?) and you get something meaning ambush.
17a Tried bringing famous racehorse back — it’s criminal! (9,6)
ATTEMPTED MURDER: Something meaning tried goes before the name of a famous racehorse (think three Grand National wins) reversed and you get a type of crime.
18a Aileen rattled another woman (6)
ELAINE: An anagram (rattled) of AILEEN gives another girls’ name.
20a Story about abstainer’s gossip (6)
TATTLE: Something meaning gossip is a word for a story wrapped around the abbreviation for someone who, like me, doesn’t drink.
21a Hard work keeping a number in tow (7)
TRAVAIL: Inside something meaning tow goes A plus the Roman numeral for a single-digit number to give you something meaning hard work.
22a NSW money? (4)
NOTE: Not Australia, but three points of the compass and what is missing? Put together it means a kind of (paper) money.
25a Valuation that could be taxing (10)
ASSESSMENT: A cryptic description on an annual return
26a The lady’s love idol (4)
HERO: A word meaning belonging to the lady and the symbol that means ‘love’ in tennis put together give the name for one’s idol.
27a One searching for gold has wide view on most of raw material (10)
PROSPECTOR: The name for an Australian or Californian gold hunter is made up of the word for a wide view and two-thirds of the three-letter word of what a miner digs up.
1d Frenchman in short trousers (4)
JEAN: A name for a man in French (or an Englishwoman!) is a type of trousers, minus its last letter.
2d Reportedly takes a seat in bath (4)
SITZ: I’m guessing that for most of you, this was your last one in, and if you were looking for the pangram after finding the other seldom-used letters, this was where it went! A homophone of takes a seat is the name for a certain type of bath. I was going to post a picture, but being shown one suitable for people with haemorrhoids, I decided not to. Just google it. Carefully.
3d Jack twice finds deposit (6)
TARTAR: A slang word for a sailor used twice is a deposit found on teeth. Another picture I think I’ll avoid. But I am reminded of a poem by Pam Ayres.
4d Wives apparently in angry or frank discussion (8,2,5)
EXCHANGE OF VIEWS: A clever clue. This is one of those you have to slightly think outside the box. If this answer was a crossword clue, i.e. an anagram of the last word, then WIVES would be the answer. It’s a phrase meaning a candid discussion or a polite way of saying an argument.
5d Bandit released code (6)
OUTLAW: A word for a bandit is made up of two words, one meaning released or free, followed by another for a code or edict.
7d Overrule patient loathing leaving hospital (10)
INVALIDATE: A name for a poorly patient, plus a word meaning to despise, minus its first letter, the abbreviation for hospital.
8d Payment method that could make Rodney more confused (5,5)
MONEY ORDER: Hmm… without thinking I wrote in an expression that starts with ‘Ready…’ thinking it was an anagram of RODNEY MORE. Very quickly I realised I should have worked the anagram properly!
11d Small measure, it’s as broad as it’s long (6,4)
SQUARE INCH: A unit of measurement that could be described as in the clue. If something was a certain length, and that was its height as well, it would be described as this.
12d Male history teacher? (4,6)
PAST MASTER: A cryptic way of describing a male teacher of history and the subject he has a command of. One of my history teachers at Prescot Grammar School was a chap called Mike Harvey, a man who was immersed in his subject but since virtually every word he uttered was followed by ‘..er’ it made it awfully dull. A character, though! The only man to crash two school minibuses on each of their first outings!
13d FBI agents appearing in set piece (7)
SEGMENT: The name for a piece of something (Trivial Pursuit wedges, for example) is the slang terms for FBI agents inside the word SET.
14d Frank is unaffected (7)
NATURAL: One word that can mean frank or open, or something not affected by anything else
19d One gets rid of letters from Queen after ages (6)
ERASER: The abbreviation for HM goes after a word for periods of time to give what we used before Tippex. Today’s fascinating fact. Did you know the inventor of Liquid Paper, the forerunner to Tippex was mother to a member of the Monkees? This one.
20d What’s good at absorbing blows? (6)
TISSUE: Another cryptic definition for something that catches your blows (of the nose!).
23d Attend strike (4)
BEAT: A word meaning to strike when divided into means to attend something,
24d Mix thoroughly in jug (4)
STIR: A way of mixing something is also a word for prison (a.k.a. jug in slang)
Thanks to our setter today. See you all next week!
The Quick Crossword pun: high+burn+Asian=hibernation
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