Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29455 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning everyone and welcome to another Saturday!
After a week of really unsettled and mainly damp weather, we actually have some sunshine over Warrington this morning. Though how long we enjoy it remains to be seen.
We have a really enjoyable puzzle today from one of our Mysterons, much of it went in smoothly but there were a few traps. No pangram or other gimmicks lurking round, just a solid puzzle with lovely clues. Several favourites including 7 ac and the last one in was 15 down.
Other puzzles around today include a Bank Holiday Jumbo from Maskarade (once Busman around here) – there is a preamble, but it shouldn’t be too tough to tackle. Our Sunday setter is on duty in the FT. There’s also a Hob puzzle in the Independent. All these are free to download at the various sites. Today’s music is pretty stunning too!
Remember to play nicely as naughty people will get a not inconsiderable dose of opening medicine if they misbehave.
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 Paint Dean Court ground (9)
Nothing to do with AFC Bournemouth – an anagram of the name of their stadium (or ground – geddit?) gives a type of paint. By the way, did you hear about the man who drank varnish? He had a sticky end, but a lovely finish © Ken Dodd – probably.
10a Way to load part-emptied revolver? (6)
Around the name for a way or thoroughfare goes the abbreviation for part. This will give you something that revolves around something else.
11a Drunk shortly drinking last of booze in pub (8)
An archaic name for a pub is an anagram of SHORTLY with E, the last letter of BOOZE.
14a Again and again? (6)
If something happens again and (once) again, it’s happened this many times.
19a Spend colder months in Kraków in terror (6)
A hidden answer to a word that is now a verb but was hardly used as such at the turn of the century.
21a Have riches perhaps in American vault (6)
An abbreviation for American and a word meaning to vault as in gymnastics.
24a Excited seeing leg — not small — in flimsy robe (8)
A garment is found by rearranging SEEING LEG, minus the abbreviation for small.
28a Hardened companion comes to standstill (9)
Take a word meaning hardened (as in bread) and a word for a companion. You get a chess term.
1d Ancient invader offers perspective (5)
2d Beast runs right round a German river (8)
This took a bit of teasing. Inside the abbreviations for right and run go the German word for A and the name of a Scottish (and Welsh) river.
5d One-dimensional Shakespearean king stays home (6)
if something is one dimensional it’s this. One of the most famous names of a king in drama goes round (stays) a short word meaning (at) home.
15d Something done about meat supplied (9)
The name for a meaty offal goes inside something done.
17d Sort of music book extracted from rubbish (6)
A type of music I probably won’t be featuring at the end of the blog is the name for rubbish across the pond, minus B (for book).
18d Carriage said to be well-proportioned (8)
The name for a type of carriage sounds like a way of saying well-proportioned in terms of looks. Hmm, not sure it does, there’s a little bit more to the answer, methinks.
22d Delphic priestess in wicker boat seen topless (6)
The name of a boat associated with Wales needs to lose its first letter.
23d EU collecting money raised forms alliance (5)
Inside EU goes a slang word for money all raised.
25d Takes in tea brewed by son (4)
An anagram of tea (brewed) plus the abbreviation for son.
Today’s music is quite stunning. One of my favourite pieces of music is Beethoven’s 7th (as was Araucaria’s) but try this version.
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The Quick Crossword pun: nigh+Trojan=nitrogen