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DT 29443 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29443 (Hints)

The Saturday Crossword Club
Hosted by Tilsit

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Good morning from Warrington, where it’s still positively tropical.

Today’s puzzle was another one that I guess will divide the gang.

There are couple of really tough answers in here and you may need a picture or two to help you. I could probably have written a hint to every single clue, but you’ll have to make do with the ones, I have selected.

Running a bit late today, so we are a bit brief here.

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 Bats desire birds to leave lake (7)
A slang name for (cricket) bats is revealed by taking a word for desire and adding the name of some birds, minus l (for lake).

5a Leader, one from France entering race (7)
Take the name for a race of people and insert the French for one.

11a Certain result to invest Republican — and Democrat! (7)
A word for a result with R for Republican inserted – and then the abbreviation for the Dems afterwards.

12a Soldiers disembark round Floridian city (7)
The abbreviation for soldiers (the one in last week’s puzzle) plus a word meaning to disembark, followed by a round letter.

17a Enthusiast returning lives in capital (5)
The word for an enthusiast or fan is reversed and a short word for lives to give an African capital.

18a Revolting animals were so stubborn? (9)
A cryptic definition of how the animals in a certain book by George Orwell were ruled is a word (sometimes hyphenated 3-6) meaning stubborn. A search around the website may reveal that a similar version of this clue was used last year around this time in a prize puzzle!

21a One to smoke in bed — it takes brave person to intervene! (7)
The name for an item you smoke is the name for a brave person, inside a type of bed.

22a Child tucking into pork pies not the smallest, for example (7)
A grammatical term for which the phrase ‘not the smallest’ is an example can be found by putting the name for a child inside what ‘pork pies’ are to a Cockney.

27a Stadium accommodating second large team (7)
The name for a football team is found by taking the name for a stadium and inserting S (for second) and then placing L (for large) afterwards.

28a Creche in North Surrey moved (7)
After the abbreviation for North goes an anagram (moved) of Surrey.


1d Stitch up with nurse in classy area (4,3)
A word meaning stitch is reversed (up, as it’s a Down clue) and add a word meaning to nurse someone. Join the two and split elsewhere to give the name for somewhere upmarket to live.

3d Playful animal despicable sort beheaded (5)
The name for some creatures known for being playful is the name for a bounder or cad without its initial letter (beheaded)

4d Pain accordingly doubled? (2-3-2)
A word for a pain in the backside, is something meaning accordingly together with another word meaning accordingly.

6d Able to resist crackers? (9)
Probably the toughest clue in the puzzle. If this puzzle cannot be cracked, it may well be this!

8d Discharge policeman found in south-western river (7)
Inside the name of a Devon river goes a nickname for a policeman, derived from Enid Blyton.

14d Agreement to involve government statisticians in count (9)
Inside the word for a count held every ten years goes the abbreviation for the Government organisation that looks after facts and figures.

15d Lead astray? (9)
A cryptic definition for not ruling properly.

17d Feline in tattered coat gives touching display (7)
A musical term that refers to a piece of music designed to demonstrate the performer’s touch is found by taking the name of a feline and putting it inside an anagram (tattered) of COAT. A bonus music clue.

20d Annihilate French from the besieged city (7)
The word in French for ‘From’ (plural!) takes the name of an ancient city involved in a siege to give you a word meaning annihilate.

24d Taken from Sanskrit it lends book name (5)
A hidden answer.

Sorry for the lateness!  Now play nicely, I’ve given you a couple of extra explanations as it’s a bit trickier.  See you next week

The Crossword Club is now open.

Have something nice and relaxing for a muggy and balmy day!

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The Quick Crossword pun: musky+tear=musketeer

133 comments on “DT 29443 (Hints)

  1. I don’t wish to be rude – but what happened to the idea of Saturday’s hints appearing shortly after Sounds of the 60s (or ten o’clock in old money)

    1. Sheepdog, please remember the hints and reviews on this site are posted by willing volunteers to help us, the solvers. If they sometimes turn up later than expected I am sure there is a good reason for that, and we should all be grateful when they do do appear.

    2. It is my experience that when someone says “I do not wish to be ……….” they almost invariably are, or at best being unthinking. Reviewers do have other priorities from time to time I for one am grateful for the insight they willingly GIVE.

    3. I am only too grateful to the bloggers for taking the time to give hints to puzzles. It is they that make this site fulfil its remit – explaining clues in plain English. If I were to write the hints, you wouldn’t get them a little late, you would probable get them the following day if at all.

      1. A thoroughly enjoyable solve. I had 3 possible answers for one across almost convincing myself two of them could be correct, so thank you Tilsit to the rescue again. Tilsit you may be interested to know we have a different plan for outdoor bridge four. At home someone deals out 8 hands writes them on 4 pieces of paper and distributes them at random on arrival at the table. We each take our own pack of cards and sort each hand accordingly. Works well for four old ladies without handling each other’s cards. Thank you to the setter and Tilsit.

        1. As Secretary of a brick bridge club, I get lots of requests about reopening and one of the issues is that apparently the virus can live on card or paper for 72 hours, so you would lead lots of sets of hands and bidding boxes, with each set ‘quarantined’ for 72 hours before reuse. Most bridge tables are 60cm distance and as duplicate bridge means everyone plays the same hands, we’d need a machine to produce lots of the same hands and there would need to be the same 24 boards at each table.

          The English Bridge Union has issued guidelines on reopening, but to be honest, my colleagues on the Club Committee and I don’t feel we can countenance it until a proven vaccine is available to all. Some clubs are looking at opening-up again, where everyone uses tablets instead of playing card and players wear masks. Again you’d have to restrict movements throughout the club and bring in lots of regimes.

          I like your way of doing things for your group. If you look at the results on my club’s site http://www.bridgewebs.com/stretford, you can see and print off hands there and have the benefit of seeing how others wrestled with them! Feel free to use them!

          1. Thank you so much Tilsit. That is very kind and I am sure we four old ladies will appreciate it.

    4. Do you think you could solve the puzzle, write these hints and add the pictures, all before the rest of us have discovered that we don’t know very much? I would take a long walk off a short pier before I would volunteer to join the brave band of hinters.

  2. Actually, you are being rude.

    I have been working on this for quite some time and as I have a few things to do today and had to check with a couple of colleagues about answers. I am running late and have apologised. Some of the clues in this puzzle are not obvious today. If you have problems, so do we amazingly.

    Perhaps you would like to do the hints instead.

    1. 🌹Your hints are always very gratefully received at whatever time and especially appreciated when recognising your other commitments and personal problems with Covid etc. Thank you. 🌹