Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29413 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from Warrington!
Here we are with today’s Saturday challenge, which is by one of the Mysterons. Enjoyable, but a challenge in parts. Last one in today was 13 down.
Off to run another Grand Prix Quiz but will be back with some questions from it later to tease you!
And a shout out to the lovely Val who is a viewer of the blog and gave me and my partner a darned good kicking in an online bridge match yesterday!
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 Self-confidence to increase after guy is put in class (10)
A 1950’s Beatnik-style word for a man with something meaning self confidence and to increase afterwards.
6a Red Prince regularly seen in something like ‘War and Peace’ (4)
The alternate letters of RED PRINCE give a description of the aforementioned work.
10a Trace vice worker on land from report (9)
A Latin-derived word meaning a trace of something is found by taking a homophone of a word for vice and a similar way of saying someone who works on the soil.
15a Involve England’s top two lower-order batsmen (6)
The top two letters of England plus the name for the lower order players in a cricket team give you the answer.
19a Dubious bishop in sporty car, well-padded means of transport (5,3)
Inside the abbreviation for a make of car goes something meaning dubious and an abbreviation for a bishop in chess.
21a Getting completely drunk with Directors, here’s a place to dry out (8,5)
If you completely drink something, you may do this to your glass. Add to this the name for a group of directors and you get something found in every kitchen.
24a Note exposed billet-doux as work of fiction (9)
The name for a type of book is found by taking the abbreviation for note and then adding the word for a billet-doux with its first and last letters missing (exposed).
27a One creates drama from predicament besetting wife in Scottish town (10)
Inside a word for a predicament goes the name of a town in SW Scotland and inside that goes the abbreviation for wife,
1d Talk about Panama perhaps (4)
An abbreviation for about followed by what a Panama may be gives something meaning talk.
3d Chase an ignorant lad around (5,8)
The name for a famous Chase is found by rearranging the letters of AN IGNORANT LAD
7d Dad eating ordinary fast food from Italy (7)
A type of Italian food comprises a word for father with the abbreviation for ordinary and a period of fasting.
11d Give humiliating punishment to errant fathead cruelly (3,3,7)
An anagram of a humiliating method of punishment, often meted out to informers during the time of the Troubles, is an anagram of TO ERRANT FATHEAD
13d Feature of ‘Saturday Night Fever’ — The Clash? That’s not right (5,5)
Something associated with the aforementioned film is a word for a clash minus R for right, and then split.
16d Political pundit confused by Lib Dem (8)
Nice clue – the surname of a political pundit is an anagram of BY LIB DEM
20d Waiting to pick up diamonds, a feature of bridge (7)
Something meaning waiting has the abbreviation for diamonds inside and gives an action in bridge that the lovely Val got spot on yesterday!
23d Group covering Beatles’ centrepiece — Let it be (4)
A word for a group with the middle letter of Beatles gives a printing instruction.
Thanks to our setter and I’ll see you next week.
Today’s music is from the new Katherine Jenkins album and is a rather nice tribute to the NHS staff who’ve kept us here….
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The Quick Crossword pun: wore+Kings+tick=walking stick