Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29395 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from downtown Warrington. Today’s Saturday Prize puzzle is quite topical and may well hit some headlines. There’s a convention in some puzzles, most notably the Times, that living people are not featured in their puzzles, with the exception of The Queen. So, 30 across is rather a nice clue and a nice tribute. And 3 down is also rather topical!
Overall, for me, a slightly challenging puzzle with the answers having to be teased out. I’m guessing one of our Mysterons is out to play today.
Remember the naughty step is back in play, and you don’t want to go there. And the pictures may well be a subtle (or less than subtle) hint to some of the clues.
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.
1a Cheat to start puzzle (8)
We start with a word for cheat plus one meaning to start something. Put together they reveal something meaning puzzle.
5a Player is wearing tight boot (6)
A particular player can be found by taking IS, which wears (i.e. has around it) and anagram (tight, as in drunk) of BOOT.
10a Take shells from water, anxious, and see fish (6)
The name of a colourful fish can be found by taking the outer letters (shells) of three words in the clue.
12a Bill in close-fitting jacket for performance (6,3)
The name for a type of stage performance is found by putting the abbreviation for a bill and putting it inside the name of a type of jacket worn by men in the past. And here’s the best example I could find.
16a Glorious under the Linden tree? (7)
The Latin word for under, plus the other name for the Linden tree gives you the required word.
21a Have quick look in either direction (4)
A palindrome for a word meaning to look.
24a United supporters returned in chaos (5)
A word that is actually an acronym is found by taking an abbreviation for United and one for supporters and reversing them.
28a Not fair when superior virtually eclipses career (8)
Someone who is not fair may be this! Something meaning superior to, minus its last letter, goes around a word meaning to career.
30a Singer‘s very nearly changed name (4,4)
The name of a singer who was sadly in the news this week is found by taking the abbreviation for very, adding an anagram of nearly, and adding an abbreviation for name. R I P to a lovely lady and here’s to a life well lived.
1d Scoundrel in American intelligence finds bug (6)
The name for an insect is found by putting the name for a bounder inside the abbreviation of the US intelligence people.
3d Four, five, all regularly seen in college (5)
The alternative letters (regularly) of three words in the clue give you the answer, which is another topical clue in the light of another of this week’s news stories.
7d Not really a problem one can sleep on? (8)
A cryptic definition that defines the sort of problem affecting me at the moment. Hence this blog was written at 04:30.
11d Love but no husband for this regretful lady (4)
The name for a lady who, in song, has lots of regrets is found by taking the symbol for love (in tennis) and adding the word THIS without the abbreviation for husband.
15d Looking embarrassed, protects Maoists (3,6)
How you appear when embarrassed, plus a word meaning protects gives the name of some staunch supporters of The Chairman.
17d Mean 50s lout shut away (8)
A word meaning shut away is found by taking a word meaning mean, as in an adjective, and adding the name for a 1950’s hooligan.
23d Dragon, mostly green, captured by Welshman (6)
A name for a mythical dragon is found by taking the heraldic name for green, minus its last letter (mostly) and placing a Welsh name around it.
26d Bird over new atomic plant (5)
The name for a type of plant that produces a dye is made up of that of a bird plus the abbreviations for new and atomic.
Today’s Music is from a much-missed singer taken far too early and it may give you an extra nudge…
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The Quick Crossword pun: diner+sore=dinosaur
Last week I posed you some questions from the Quiz Grand Prix I was running on the day. Here they are with the answers clickable underneath.
1. Which famous British writer, who died in 2000, was one of the three inventors of the airmail glider, which played a significant role in WW2?
2. The Perry Index is an index of which collection of stories that were written (some say collected) during the 6th century BCE by a slave and storyteller in Greece?
3. The Chinese manufacturer Flying Pigeon is best known for the production of what?
4. Which organisation founded in 1941 by Kurt Hahn and Lawrence Durning, that aims to help young people push their boundaries through outdoor activities and challenges? Its first school was in Aberdyfi in Wales and its name derives from a nautical expression that refers to the moment a ship leaves harbour?
5. Which European capital was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755?
6. Who famously received a diary as a 13th birthday present on June 12 1942?
7. Debrecen is the second-largest city of which European country?
8. From the Greek ekdusis meaning shedding, the word ecdysiast coined by HL Mencken is a fancy (and harder to pronounce) word for what specific type of performer?
9. CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) decimates populations of which creature?
10. The River Danube empties into which sea?
11. Which winner of eight Wimbledon singles and doubles titles was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in 1959?
12. Which country musician lends her name to a hand in poker consisting of a straight with nine as the high card?
Dolly Parton (9-5)
If you got more than three of these right, you should be quizzing more seriously!