Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29437 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from the tropical land of Warrington.
Here we go with another Saturday morning challenge, and this is quite a challenge. This certainly took a little longer than usual and requires a little more knowledge than many of the recent puzzles.
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 Talk loudly about ship that’s vulgarly ostentatious (6)
Something meaning talk loudly (or the noise made by an animal) goes around the abbreviation for a ship.
10a Woman caught West Indian batsman (5)
A woman’s name is revealed by taking the abbreviation for caught and adding the surname of one of the most famous West Indian cricketers.
12a Like simple creatures I exist in unconscious state on reflection (7)
Inside the reverse of an unconscious state goes I and a short word meaning to exist.
13a Reel engaging tip of dancer’s foot (7)
Around the last letter of dancer goes a word meaning to reel or stagger.
14a Harry Hole author — thin, extremely patronising (6-4-4)
Don’t go bothering looking for Jo Nesbo! An anagram (Harry) of HOLE AUTHOR THIN will give you a phrase meaning extremely patronising.
17a Cat fish biting a cheeky young chap (14)
A synonym for something that is known as a ‘cat’ and the name of a fish often eaten, goes around (biting) a three-letter word for which ‘a’ can be often be used (think ‘miles a gallon’, for example).
23a A new cricket ball’s right to the front for sport (7)
After ‘A’, take a nickname for a cricket ball (based on its normal colour) and move one of the R’s in the word to the front of it. This gives the name of another sport.
26a Key jargon for gourmet food (8)
The name of the key in the top left of your keyboard, plus a word meaning jargon will give you a foreign food that is definitely an acquired taste.
27a System taking of vassal a due fraction in return (6)
The name for a type of system of living from the middle ages is hidden backwards within the clue.
1d Support expert going round hospital in pain (8)
Something meaning to support is added to one referring to an expert and then all go around the abbreviation for hospital.
2d Returning greeting by Scottish runner, a religious leader (9)
In Crosswordland, remember that runner can refer to something non-athletic that ‘runs’ and here that is the case. So here, we have a greeting, the name of a ‘runner’ from Scotland and A, all reversed, to give you the name of a Middle Eastern ruler.
3d That woman gets minced lamb in butcher’s stall (7)
Time to reach for the Big Red Book. The name for a butcher’s stall s found by taking a word meaning ‘that woman’ and putting it around an anagram (minced) of LAMB.
5d Broadcast transmits Hardy novel (8,6)
The name of a famous novel written in 1759 is revealed by rearranging the letters (broadcast) of TRANSMITS HARDY.
8d Soldiers packing guns — they’re dangerous (6)
A slang word for guns goes around an abbreviation for basic soldiers. This leads you to an American nickname for some vicious creatures.
9d Book two football teams following dismissal (5,6-3)
After the word for a way of getting out in cricket, goes the number of players in two soccer teams. This gives the name of a famous book which is not normally written in full. [As at 7:30 am the online version was showing the enumeration, incorrectly, as (5,10)]
16d Reportedly favour marine creature — or another? (4,4)
Two homophones for something meaning favour goes before the name of a marine creature.
18d Leading politician has popular group in support (7)
Inside a type of support structure (found at the seaside) gives the name of an American band (think Losing My Religion); this gives the description of a top politician.
22d Early American map followed by sleuth (5)
The name for a type of (street) map and an abbreviation for a private eye gives the name for early Americans.
That’s all for today.
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Our music today is something rather special. On a Sunday afternoon, there’s a programme on Scala Radio at 3pm by the pianist and composer Alexis Ffrench who plays some of the most beautiful classical music. Here’s the great man playing one of his compositions.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pry+Mini+stir=Prime Minister