Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29425 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning everyone from Warrington!
Thanks to the boss for helping out last week. I’m still feeling a bit drained but have lots to do as I’m representing my colleagues in our redundancy negotiations as well as lots of other challenging things.
As some of you know, I have also been running a virtual bridge club as my own club is closed and given the age and health issues of most of our members, it is unlikely to re-open in the foreseeable future. However, we have almost 200 people now playing; some of my fellow members have taught our member to cope with online playing, some of whom have never used a computer in their lives!
Tonight, we have one of our regular charity events (this month in aid of MS) and these are open to all players. You’re welcome to join us if you wish and I may be able to sort out a partner for you if you don’t have one. We start at 7:30pm and if you can email me at email@example.com, I’ll send you the log in details. You’ll need to have played on the BBO Bridgebase platform and have a username.
Bridge plug over, and back to the puzzle. An enjoyable challenge with quite a few references to the NATO phonetic alphabet (take a look in The Mine if need be) dotted around.
Thanks to our setter, play nicely and stay off the naughty step!
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.
7a Sit with Queen on carthorse (9)
The name for a type of horse is found by taking a word meaning sit, adding the abbreviation for Her Majesty and the word ON.
8a Sierra exactly right for carnivore (5)
After what Sierra stands for, goes an expression (2,1,1) that means exactly right.
11a Kill many among rodents going back in time (8)
The name for some rodents goes backwards inside a word for a specific period of time.
14a Servant — need you back! (6)
An old name for a servant is found by a word for a need and add to this an old word for you, but backwards.
24a A way to enter hotel and club in Aspen? (8)
Inside the abbreviation for hard and a type of golf club goes A and the abbreviation for a thoroughfare. This gives you a description of what aspen is.
28a Witness protects a suspect (9)
An anagram (suspect) of PROTECTS A gives a type of witness.
1d Pottery expert invests pound (5)
A type of pottery is revealed by taking a word for expert and inserting an abbreviation for pound.
2d Do call (8)
Probably the toughest clue today. Two definitions for the same word, one slightly more obscure than the other. A do (as in party) may be one of these.
6d Domineering person in fight getting cut (6-3)
The name for a domineering person (one of my favourites is pictured!) is revealed by taking a word for a fight and adding a word meaning to cut.
15d Dance series, repeated twice, never popular (3-3-3)
The answer’s probably fairly obvious but to get there you need a word for a series of events, repeat it twice and remove each occurrence of a word for popular.
18d RADA graduate loathes piano frames (8)
Today’s hidden answer.
20d Short pronouncement welcomed by second doctor (6)
A word for a pronouncement minus its last letter goes inside a word for a second in time.
25d Chump scheduled to seize power (4)
Be careful entering this answer! It may not be the obvious one! Something meaning scheduled has P (for power) inside.
Thanks to our setter, probably our newest Saturday Mysteron, and I’ll see you next week.
Today’s music is one of my all-time favourites. Wallow and enjoy.
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The Quick Crossword pun: sank+cherry=sanctuary