Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29431 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Here we go with another Saturday challenge.
I felt the difficulty rate was slightly up today, with the top left corner slightly trickier than the rest of the grid.
Today is the first of the month, so it’s time for the monthly Grand Prix of Quizzing, where quiz aficionados get their ranking points It is still mostly on line. Today’s quiz has been set by one of the top quizzers and TV personalities and I’ll share a few of the questions here a little later.
Remember usual rules apply and anyone who misbehaves will not only be sent to the naughty step, they’ll have to buy everyone an ice cream. Mine’s a Ruby Magnum. See you next week.
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 Lighting-up time? (8)
We start with a cryptic definition of when the darkness ends and the (sun)light aapears.
10a Range of notes, not English, found with old book (6)
A group of notes (eight of them), minus the last letter (E for English) and the abbreviation for old gives a name for a size of printed book.
11a Old drink Edmund did not sell locally (8)
Often in puzzles, particularly the barred harder puzzles, the name Edmund means that the word is from the era of Edmund Spenser, so is fairly obscure. Here it’s just a name. So be careful how you enter this answer and don’t make the initial mistake I made by adding the name of a type of stout. You’re looking for a way of saying old or former, add a four-letter name for a drink and then the abbreviation for Edmund.
15a Picnicker Stan upset and terrified (5-8)
An anagram (upset) of the first two words.
18a Fight with no admission charge (4-3-3)
The name for a punch-up is also a way of describing an event with no admission charge,
20a Waiter is stirring something in the garden (8)
The name for a plant is an anagram (stirring) of WAITER IS.
24a Particular skill about pa’s undoing bag (8)
A type of canvas bag is revealed by taking a word for an aptitude or skill and inserting a jumble (undoing) of PA’S.
1d May Anglican novice withdraw? (6)
A word meaning may be able takes the abbreviation for someone of an Anglican persuasion and one for a novice.
3d Frenzied comedian, 16 (8)
Something that means the same as 16 is an anagram of COMEDIAN.
5d Moving picture and description of onion? (4-6)
The name for a film that may move you is also the cryptic definition of an onion.
8d Do not tell people how to save electricity (4,2,3,4)
Two definitions, one cryptic.
13d Article I included in depot for waste disposal (10)
A short word for the indefinite article and I go inside the name for a depot to give the term for waste disposal.
16d Conclude Leanne regularly turned up to be very annoying (8)
A word meaning to conclude takes the alternate letters of LEANNE reversed to give the word needed.
19d Folly of girl crossing North America (6)
The name of a girl goes round the abbreviation for North America to give something meaning a folly.
22d Flood stopped by bogus handyman (4)
One of the two hidden answers today.
Of course you spotted the pangram, didn’t you?
For those who fondly remember our much appreciated former Sunday setter will be pleased to see he’s in today’s Guardian puzzle available here; it’s slightly trickier than his Sunday challenges, but great fun.
The Crossword Club is now open.
See you later with the quiz and next Saturday for the hints.
Here are the quiz questions I promised (some will appeal to crossworders!)
The Grand Prix quiz was set by Paul Sinha of The Chase. Incidentally, if you’ve never heard his Radio 4 shows, they are utterly wonderful, and his new series starts on Tuesday week at 6:30pm.
- With no link to the 4th of the 31 ‘Carry On’ films, which English landscape painter was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk (1776), and is known for his landscapes of Dedham Vale, including 1821’s ‘The Hay Wain’?
- His name an anagram of “Blame Minstrel”; which man was a pretender to the throne of Henry VII of England in 1487, claiming to be the 17th Earl of Warwick?
- Self-dubbed “the grandmother of performance”, which artist’s works include ‘Rhythm 10’ (1973), in which she stabbed a knife rapidly between her splayed fingers?
- The first on this list gives its name to a doughnut; the second to a beef patty; the fourth to a fragrance; and the fifth to a sausage. What city is third on the list?
MUNICH / MUNCHEN
- Founded in 1910, which car manufacturer derives the first part of its two-word name from an acronym in which the “L” stands for “Lombardy”? Although it was founded there, its current headquarters are not in Lombardy.
- Born with the forenames “Johnny Allen”, which legendary rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter joined the “27 Club” in 1970, owing to an overdose of barbiturates?
- Which popular entertainer and broadcaster was part of the Iranian national ballet company before fleeing to the United Kingdom following the Iranian revolution? She found fame as a magician’s assistant, and her popularity is such that her name has become synonymous with the adjective “lovely”.
- In Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ five-stage model of grief, what is the first stage? An anagram of this word is presumably what Rachel Weisz calls her husband.
DENIAL (Daniel Craig)
- The Indira Gandhi National Open is not, as it might sound, a mid-ranking golf tournament; rather, it claims to be the largest what in the world?
- What is the largest lake in the world to share its name with a national capital city?
Lake VICTORIA (Hong Kong)
- Which host of the BBC television quiz-show ‘A Question Of Sport’ reached a high in her tennis career in 1976 when she won the ladies’ singles tournament at the French Open?
- In 1966, who became the first man to play in an FA Cup final and a World Cup final in the same year?
How well did you do?
Today’s music is from a project by British horn player Sarah Willis, who has worked with street musicians in Cuba and after, finding a statue of Mozart on a visit there, decided that Mozart and Mambo worked rather well together. See what you think!
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The Quick Crossword pun: read+dial+ling=redialing