Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29383 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Thank you for your recent kind wishes about my health. I am feeling much better and think I have been rather lucky to have had a fairly mild dose of the wretched virus.
We are back to normal service now and today we have hints rather than a full analysis. The lovely Crypticsue and Gnomethang will be back with their usual weekend service once the closing date has passed. You can enter, although I gather there are still issues with submissions via iPads which they are aware of.
Today was quite an entertaining puzzle that made you stop and think a little. However, there are quite a few gimmes to help you and a Nina along the top and bottom row that should help you, although it might be better suited to be on another rival site!
As we are back in the old regime, please observe the instructions in red below.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
8a Where 11 lives beside American racetrack? (7)
You’ll need to solve 11 across to crack this clue. Following the abbreviation to a is where an 11 normally lives. This gives you a famous British racetrack.
10a Barrel kept in bar, a domed building (7)
An architectural term for a type of building is found by taking the name for a type of barrel and placing it inside a type of bar and adding A at the end.
11a Primate called wearing unfashionable article (5-4)
The name for a type of primate. You need a word meaning called with something meaning unfashionable around it. Add a two-letter indefinite article. There you are!
17a Restraining madman is our job, tangling with menace is not (3,2,5,5)
A slang name for people who care for the mentally ill is found by making an anagram (tangling) of WITH MENACE IS NOT.
19a Somewhere in New Zealand daughter listened to radio, missing start (7)
After the abbreviation for daughter goes an expression for fiddling with your radio (5,2), minus its first letter. This gives you a place in NZ.
26a Factory worker achieving speed of sound in back street (9)
The name for the speed of sound (4,1), plus IN reversed and the abbreviation for street gives the name of someone who may work in a factory.
28a Cyclist’s trick — excited cry to give false impression (7)
The noise you might make going down a hill on a bike goes before something that you do to give a false impression of things. This gives you a stunt performed by a cyclist.
1d Notable female, a computer operator mostly (6)
An abbreviation for female, plus A and almost the full name for a computer accessory gives a word meaning notable.
3d Put the fear of God into criminal ring the FBI man arrests (10)
Around an anagram (criminal) of RING THE goes the slang name for a member of the FBI.
7d Sea creature behaving badly, one hears, left America (8)
The name for a type of sea creature comprises a homophone of something meaning badly behaved plus the abbreviations for left and America.
16d Old man eating chicken — sign that could portend prodigious events (9)
Inside a short word for an old man goes a type of chicken and a word for a portentious sign. This gives toy a word for certain types of events.
17d Causes offence with independent doctor probing lower regions (8)
Not sure the definition is fully correct, but I’ll leave that to our pathologist bloggers. A modern-day way of saying causes offence has the abbreviation for independent and one of the standard ones for doctor inside.
20d New question about supermarket exchange (6)
The name of a famous Exchange is found by taking the abbreviations for new and question and placing inside the name of the UK supermarket chain owned by Walmart.
25d Express disapproval over posh archbishop (4)
The name of a famous archbishop (and the nickname for a second-class degree!) is revealed by finding a word meaning to express disapproval and adding the abbreviation for upper-class afterwards.
That’s all for today!
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See you next Saturday!
Music today is this belter that has just been remixed and rereleased.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pass+injures=passengers – probably works better North of Watford!