Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29401 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all from a damp Warrington. Bit of a rush job as I am helping run a Brain of Football quiz at 11:30.
I thought today’s puzzle was enjoyable but had a few tricky spots. My best advice if you are asking for help with something I haven’t hinted at, is to think a little outside the box with the definition.
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 Practical and realistic — so grounded? (4-2-5)
A way of saying someone is practical, yet realistic is cryptically described as someone who may be on the ground or soil.
10a Monster wants patriarch and prophet beheaded (9)
The name for a famous Biblical monster is revealed by taking the name of a Jewish patriarch and adding the name of a prophet who was the son of David, minus its first letter.
11a Influential France international missed in cup-tie … (7)
The name for the second-last match in a competition, minus the abbreviation for French and International gives an adjective meaning influential.
14a See animal go on rampage in bush (8)
The name for a beautiful bush is found by making an anagram (on rampage) of ANIMAL GO.
19a Man’s one from Paisley (4)
A hidden answer.
21a Her plans unexpectedly change (8)
An anagram (unexpectedly) of HER PLANS gives a slang word for loose change.
25a Protection in flying saucer orbiting moon ultimately (9)
A word meaning protection is revealed by taking in and adding an anagram (flying) of saucer and putting it around the last letter of MOON.
27a Make difference Canute couldn’t? (4,3,4)
An expression that means to make a difference is what King Canute couldn’t do, according to legend.
2d Round container Crusoe finally dropped in sea (5)
After a letter symbolising round, goes the name for a container with the last letter of the castaway dropped inside. This gives the name for a body of water.
3d Excellent surgeon in northeast shows innocence (7)
A way of saying excellent and the name for a surgeon (not a human one!) both inside the abbreviation for North East gives you something meaning innocence.
6d Swineherd always seen in celebration? (8)
A way of saying someone who looks after pigs takes a short way of saying always and this gives an annual celebration north of the border.
7d Brave daughter having lost certain female relatives? (9)
A word meaning brave is found by taking the abbreviation for daughter and adding a way of describing if her mother didn’t have any sisters.
12d Not to be approached — like exhausted kangaroo? (3,2,6)
Something not to be approached is a way of describing a knackered kangaroo who can’t do what it does best.
16d See sprain affected winger (9)
The name for a class of birds is an anagram (affected) of SEE SPRAIN.
22d Classic film festival admits 50, approximately (2,3)
The name for a famous film about a European hero is found by taking the name of a religious festival and inserting the Roman numeral for 50 and an abbreviation meaning approximate.
24d Audible drop in level (4)
A homophone for a type of liquid drop is something meaning level.
Today’s music is an unusual twist on a famous tune.
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The Quick Crossword pun: suss+pence+shun=suspension