Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29407 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings to what has been termed Super Saturday. Not in this part of Warrington for me. No trip to the pub, no trips to the hairdressers, etc. etc. Pretty much stay at home and manage as usual.
I’ve been dealing with suggestions that we reopen the bridge club that I’m Secretary of. Again, absolutely no chance. The English Bridge Union issued a risk assessment and after studying it, our committee decided it wasn’t possible or feasible. I’ve organised an online bridge club with over 200 players and that seems to be working well. Details are here, www.bridgewebs.com/stretford. If you miss bridge and would like to join us from anywhere in the world, contact me!
Today we had a fairly enjoyable puzzle which contained all the hallmarks of our long-standing Saturday setter, notably short concise clues. It’s also a pangram although two clues took a while to tease out and needed a long check through the Big Red Book! A couple of the definitions are slightly more obscure today as well.
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 Race tyres can burst (8)
We start with an anagram (burst) of TYRES CAN to give a word associated with race, as in genealogy.
10a Leave footprints and hurry (4,6)
Two definitions that mean the same thing.
11a Greek sailor’s dry wit (5,4)
This needed a look in the Big Red Book. An expression for dry wit is revealed by taking a word for someone from a Greek region and a slang word for a sailor.
14a Might sculptor be found sitting in it? (6)
A slang word for a sculptor, think what they do, is also a design of antique chair. Another one that needed a look in the BRB.
24a Piece of text soldier attached to chart (9)
The name for a section of text is found by taking the name for a soldier and adding a type of chart.
27a Charlie’s one part of frontier? (10)
The name for part of most land borders or frontiers. The most famous of these separated East and West Berlin.
28a Idiot left with bottles (4)
A word for an idiot is hidden (bottles) in the clue.
30a Second nuclear weapon is very loud (8)
After the abbreviation for second goes the name of a nuclear missile to give a word meaning loud.
2d Tiny changes to adopt church’s point (6)
A word for a point or detail in an argument is an anagram of TINY with the abbreviation for the Church (of England) inside.
4d Sort of negativism characterised by speed and efficiency (4-6)
Something that suggests speed and efficiency is an anagram of NEGATIVISM.
8d Dance with seal round a garden? (8)
The name for a type of dance is revealed by taking A and the name of a famous garden and wrapping around that a word meaning to seal something (more usually seen with a ‘u’ in it).
15d Inscription from scripture (3)
No doubt we’ll have a debate about whether this should have been (1,1,1,). It’s one of those abbreviations that has almost become a word and it’s hidden in SCRIPTURE (as well as in the definition!).
21d Choice of beverage when papa’s promoted (6)
Something meaning a choice is found by taking a word meaning a drink and moving the first letter up a little, although as it’s a down clue it should strictly be ‘dropped’ I suppose.
26d Stone work on nearly everything (4)
Take a small word for work and add something that means everything, minus its last letter to give the name of a precious stone.
Today’s music is another to make you relax and just marvel at the human voice.
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The Quick Crossword pun: aim+maze+zing=amazing