Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29449 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning everyone from Warrington.
Here we go again with another Saturday challenge. An enjoyable challenge with some interesting definitions where you may need to think outside the box to get your answer.
Several favourites in the batch including 2 and 20 down – lots of Greek references today, maybe our setter is on holiday there?
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 Steal in the ears as Dalek’s voice? (7)
A word meaning to steal plus one meaning related to the ears.
5a City needs a good hospital — 500 coming in sick (7)
Inside a word meaning sick goes A, plus the abbreviations for Good, Hospital and the numeral for 500.
11a Divert attention from London-bound coach? (7)
The way you describe traffic going to London, especially from the south, plus a type of coach from the Middle Ages.
12a Greek victor going inside roasts nuts (7)
A Christian name associated with Greek is found by rearranging the letters (nuts) of ROASTS and inserting what Victor means in the NATO alphabet.
18a Martial arts student, inexperienced, given punch (5,4)
A word meaning inexperienced plus one for a punch or hit.
21a Mister Solo animated after a little hesitation (7)
After A and a word for a hesitation goes an anagram (animated) of SOLO to give something that makes mist.
22a Think pigmies occasionally must conceal a trap (7)
Inside alternate letters of PIGMIES goes A plus a type of trap often found in crosswordland.
26a Olympian collapsed in pit — oh dear! (9)
The name of someone who lived on Mount Olympus is an anagram (collapsed) of PIT OH DEAR.
28a Something very irritating in opening chatter (4,3)
The name for an opening or rip and a word for chatter.
1d Check votes again in detail (7)
Two definitions: one for an election and the other to detail something to another person.
2d Supporters start to save money (5)
Things that support in Crosswordland (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) plus the first letter of SAVE.
4d Wild idea to correspond with artist (7)
When something corresponds, it is said to do this and the abbreviation for an artist gives a word I had not associated as being this. I know it better as a monster.
7d Port only provides fish (5,4)
The name of a South Eastern port and a word meaning only.
14d One sten gun shot bags resistance rebel (9)
After the abbreviation for one goes an anagram of STEN GUN with the abbreviation for resistance inside.
15d Velocity rising with single step in void (4,5)
Reverse a word for velocity and add a word for one step.
20d Greek hero recognised in Florida and Georgia? (7)
The name for a Greek hero is an abbreviated location (3,2,2) for where you will find Florida and Georgia on a map of the US. Clever!
24d Freezing in panic in Gdansk (5)
A hidden answer.
Lots to keep you amused. Play nicely and have a great weekend.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today’s entertainment is provided by BD – proof, if it was needed, that rock’n’roll is still alive!
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The Quick Crossword pun: wee+jar+bored=Ouija board