Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29419 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Tilsit is unable to provide today’s hints, so I’m back in the chair.
An interesting mix of clues, from which it was difficult to decide which would cause the most problems, so feek free to ask for help, but remember to heed the instructions in red below.
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 The setter is no longer cool, coming to standstill (7)
The abbreviation for “the setter is” followed by a word meaning no longer cool or fashionable
11a Cove in film next to lake (5)
The IN from the clue followed by a well-known two-letter film which is preceded by (next to) L(ake)
12a Where traffic is moving from place to place (2,3,4)
Two slightly cryptic definitions
13a Student stops engineer working in shade (4,5)
The letter used for a student goes inside (stops) an anagram (working) of ENGINEER gives a shade of colour
16a Nothing fantastic in Greek letter (5)
O (nothing) followed by a word meaning fantastic
17a Charles and Mike split (5)
An affectionate form of the name Charles followed by the letter represented by Mike in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
20a Two articles on a menu revised in London club (9)
The single-letter indefinite article followed by the definite article and an anagram (revised) of A MENU
28a Curl right round fireplace (7)
The two-letter abbreviation of right goes around a type of fireplace
1d One man, not the Messiah, embracing East European (7)
The second part of this took a bit if figuring out! – I (one) and someone from a Monty Python film who is not the Messiah around (embracing) E(ast)
4d Time and time again, love is an inspiration (5)
A three-letter period of time is followed by T(ime) and O (love) – to give The Muse of lyric poetry
5d Regret sounding bit stressed out? (9)
Sounds like a bit or small coin followed by an adjective meaning stressed out
7d Dog’s entered in races as one withdrawn (9)
A name often given to a dog goes inside the IN from the clue and some “races” held on the Isle of Man
14d Look in to restrain son being obnoxious (9)
A two-letter word meaning look followed by a phrase (2.4) meaning in one’s house around (to restrain) S(on)
15d One’s left us for dead? (9)
An example (one’s, one is) of the answer is to use the milder phrase “left us” instead of dead
21d President, disgraced, having more time to spend with family? (5)
Split the surname of this disgraced former President of the US as (3,2) and it could mean having more time to spend with family
24d Use excellent line with King James Bible (5)
An expression meaning excellent followed by L(ine) and preceded by the two-letter abbreviation for the King James or Authorised Version of the Bible
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today’s nusic is from one of my favourite girl singers from the fifties:
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The Quick Crossword pun: fought+knight=fortnight