Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29467 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington where the R rate is rising and probably by this time next Saturday we’ll be locked down, along with most of the North.
Brief blog today as I have been summoned to work and recalled by furlough (yes, even though I am being made redundant in a few weeks!). I have also had a sad week with the loss of my brother-in-law, who quite simply was one of the most gentle, calm and unflappable people I ever met. R I P John Cannon.
One of my tasks next week is to write and deliver the eulogy at the funeral but in the new era of these things, we have but 20 minutes for the ceremony at he crematorium and I have three or four minutes only to deliver the speech.
I found this a fairly straightforward puzzle, probably by our original Saturday setter, and to be honest not a lot held me up. And, of course, it’s a pangram!
Let us know what you thought, and remember to play nicely, or the Naughty Step beckons….
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 Rabbit by pan said to be a fabulous monster (10)
We start with a monster made famous by someone whose home in Daresbury I shall pass en route to work in Preston Brook.
6a Level area’s reported weakness (4)
A word for a level area of ground sounds like a weakness in something.
9a Main board meeting of the day? (6)
A very cryptic way of saying a gathering where people eat.
18a Old soldier chopped up tree in transit? (7)
An anagram (chopped up) of TREE goes inside a vehicle that Transit is a type.
24a Like finest, outstanding, incombustible material (8)
Add together a short word meaning like, goes before something meaning finest and then the abbreviation for outstanding.
25a In alternator, questionable force (6)
26a Group that’s missing led old flier (8)
The name of a rock band loses its first word.
28a A metal ring damaged part of harness (10)
An anagram (damaged) of A METAL RING.
1d Fast mover over snow? One going over water (3-5)
A name for something that travels fast takes someone who moves over snow.
4d Fuel store for festival (9)
A type of fuel plus a word meaning to store is the name of a festival where the group indicated at 26 most famously did NOT play.
5d Mostly eager to welcome greed, cooking dish (8)
Three-quarters of a word meaning eager has inside an anagram of GREED to give one of my favourite dishes.
6d Make delicate adjustments to superior melody (4-4)
A word meaning superior and a word for a melody.
13d Turned out too late? (9)
A cryptic description for when you may not get dressed in time.
15d Sacrifice male accountant placed on vault (8)
A short word meaning a man, plus the abbreviation for a chartered accountant and the name for a vault.
16d Gosh, one in quest fabricated incommunicable quality (8)
A word meaning ‘Gosh!’ takes an anagram (fabricated) of QUEST with the abbreviation for one inside.
21d You and I will have a poncho, not half, only an arm (6)
A word for you and I, plus A and 50% of the word PONCHO.
22d Cut short brilliant woman (6)
A woman’s Christian name is a word meaning brilliant or star-like, minus its last letter.
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Today’s music is something that will be played next Thursday afternoon as we remember one of the nice guys. I’ll be back next weekend.
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The Quick Crossword pun: purr+chess+tacks=purchase tax