Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29389 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington where I am still locked down after suffering a slight relapse this week. I am once again on the mend, but earlier in the week was left feeling slightly under the weather and with an irritating eye infection. However, all seems better now.
Today’s puzzle was quite a challenge, a little trickier than last week’s, but really good fun, nevertheless. The best advice I can offer is to read each clue carefully and identify the definition. There are some very smart definitions in there today. One or two took a little teasing out. My guess is that Donnybrook may be out to play today and big kudos to him for his efforts. He’s certainly becoming a favourite, along with Messinae on a Saturday.
Remember that as it’s a prize puzzle, the naughty step is back in play and I’m sure I saw someone wiring it up earlier, so please play very nicely.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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.
2a Energetic man on board one pumped up for event (6,6)
A word meaning energetic, plus a standard way of saying a piece in a certain board game.
10a Gifts bestowed in important letter read out? (8)
‘Read out’ is usually a sign of a homophone so you want one here for a word meaning important, and a letter of the alphabet.
11a I’m about to stay in the same place (6)
You are looking for a Latin phrase that means the phrase underlined. I’m goes around a word meaning to stay or reside.
13a Colossus inspiring current painter (6)
The name of a famous Italian artist is a word for a colossus in myth and this goes around the letter that is the symbol for current in physics.
17a Dad! Look at muscular mariner! (6)
This held me up longer than it should have done! The name of a famous sailor is a word meaning father and one meaning to look at.
18a Go for replanted forest where domestic growth high? (4,6)
An anagram (replanted) of GO FOR plus the name of the forest in the Shakespeare play As You Like It gives somewhere you may find flowers on high.
23a Unbalanced indeed and so this? (3-5)
Probably my favourite clue today along with 16 down. An anagram of INDEED and SO gives you something defined by the whole clue. Clever.
24a Energy fuelling crazed Orlando genius (8)
Someone from the same stable as 13 across is found by making an anagram (crazed) ORLANDO and inserting (fuelling) the symbol for energy.
26a Compilers from Connaught: their best friends? (5,7)
The name of some of man’s best friends that may be described as being crossword compilers from that place.
1d Savage to devour rook and chicken portion (6)
The name for a part of a chicken is a word for a savage with the symbol for a chess piece (the very same one in a previous clue) inserted.
2d European nudist drinking gallons — one to push the boat out? (9)
A cryptic description of a naked inhabitant from Eastern Europe with the abbreviation for gallons inserted.
4d What Tweeters do to have negative effect on originator? (4,4,2,5)
Two definitions, one cryptic and vague that lead to the same thing. Something that birds do and an expression that refers to when something bounces back on you.
5d Satellite first going between rings? (8)
A famous planetary moon (the second largest in the solar system) has the abbreviation for first going inside two ways of saying ring: one a verb and the other a symbol.
7d Loyal follower — bloke from Belgian city? (8)
An unusual word. One which could be described as a male from the city in Belgium (the third largest) is used to describe someone faithful.
14d Inflammation of a certain spot? That can’t be helped! (5,2,2)
If you had the inflammation of your tonsils it would be tonsillitis. If you had an inflammation of your veins it would be phlebitis. If you had an inflammation of that place opposite it would be this! Divide that cryptic expression up and you’ll see an expression meaning something can’t be held may be cryptically described as in this fashion.
15d Cherish and adore D. H. Lawrence, initially slammed (4,4)
It’s only as I’m writing this, I’ve just worked this clue out. A word meaning to cherish is an anagram (slammed) of ADORE plus DH and L (initially, Lawrence)!
16d Vicious gatekeeper who found employment in Barking? (8)
Another clever definition. The name of a mythological guardian to the Underworld who had four legs. And three heads.
22d Boat son consigns to scrapheap (5)
The name of a (Chinese) boat, plus the abbreviation for son.
Thank you to Donnybrook (if it was he) for a splendid puzzle and I’ll see you next week.
Today’s Music: As some of you know, I now spend much of my time listening to the excellent Scala Radio which has such fine broadcasters as Simon Mayo, Mark Kermode and Charles Nove, on whose breakfast show I have been known to contribute some of the brain teasers. They introduced me to this Danish trio that produce some mighty fine music. Enjoy!
The Crossword Club is now open.
Fans of Elgar will be pleased to note that he is out to play a couple of times today in the Guardian and Independent. He may also be in the FT, but as it’s been shunted behind a paywall, we may never know.
Here’s are the links:
Independent: (You’ll need to watch an ad, then click Print)
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The Quick Crossword pun: add+jay+scent=adjacent