Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29479 (Hints)
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Thanks to BD for stepping in last week. Afraid as I am working today, it’s going to be a brief blog.
A very agreeable challenge today which contained one or two little stings in the tail. The four long answers should give a foothold into the puzzle and help you on your way.
If you complete it, there are a couple of fine puzzles around today. The Guardian is by the talented Picaroon and the FT is by our Sunday setter. Enjoy them!
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.
8a Throw for all the players (4)
Two definitions to start today. A word meaning to throw and all the actors in a drama, for example.
10a Mature and complex schedule (6)
A word meaning to mature and an anagram (complex) of AND.
12a Written work about border plant (8)
A type of plant is revealed by taking the name for a type of writing and putting it around something meaning a border.
13a Not natural to be a whisky hater? (7,3,5)
An expression meaning not natural is a cryptic way of saying that you are not in favour of whisky, here described as a Scottish nickname for what it’s made of.
17a Engaging question from one lacking confidence? (7)
A way of describing someone who is engaging can be split up into a three-word question that someone who isn’t confident may ask of themselves.
20a Dean intends to be awkward in last romantic occasion (2,10,3)
An annual romantic event is revealed by taking a word meaning a dean and rearranging the letters of INTENDS and placing both inside a word meaning to last.
23a Platforms elevated with two-way struts? (8)
A cryptic description of places where a short walk up and down attracts public attention.
26a Hot stone cracked around lake (6)
A slang meaning of hot is an anagram of STONE placed around L for lake.
28a Lose balance — beer knocked over! (4)
Take the name of a (Czech) beer and reverse it.
1d Really warm support Conservative lost (6)
Something meaning very warm is found by taking a word for support and removing the abbreviation for Conservative.
3d One can’t know why the votes aren’t counted! (6,2,7)
An expression meaning one can’t know something is a cryptic way of the election count has been cancelled; probably because the counters are on strike!
5d Irregular bet incriminates leading politician (7,8)
An anagram of BET INCRIMINATES gives the name of someone at the top table of government.
7d Price of round and capacious cups? (4)
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink time! The name for a type of price in gambling is found by taking a round letter and adding the sizes associated with very large bras!
21d As and When You Like by Shakespeare? (2,4)
Clever clue. An expression meaning as and when is revealed by taking a word meaning nearby and the (short) Christian name of the Bard.
22d Fuss about an American soldier moving very slowly (6)
A word meaning fuss goes around A plus the abbreviation for an American soldier.
24d Singer in laryngeal torment (4)
A hidden answer.
That’s all for today. Hope you managed to crack today’s enjoyable challenge.
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