Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29485 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a locked-down Warrington, but in the brave new world some of us are sitting in work keeping the rail network ticking over. Now in the last four weeks before redundancy, there are fewer members of staff as people find other jobs, so we are busier. Apologies for the late posting today.
To be honest, today’s puzzle is quite a challenge and where last week I was suggesting solving the longer answers, it’s the reverse today as they are generally the harder clues in the grid, so concentrate on the five-letter answers to give you a foothold and see how you go from there.
I’ve posted hints but please remember the terms of reference of this blog and DO NOT ASK FOR ANSWERS TO CLUES NOT HINTED AT. It’s a prize puzzle and unlike the Monday to Friday answers are not given. If you do, you could incur the wrath of the mods, and be sent to the naughty crocodile pit. The step is already full.
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 He got a different purpose for lodge (9)
An anagram (different) of HE GOT A, plus a word meaning purpose
8a Shop uncovered concise memo transforming food technology (4,9)
Uncover sHOp and follow with an anagram (transforming) of CONCISE MEMO
13a First woman to enter the French bank (5)
Tha name of the first woman inside the French definite article to give an earthwork associated with a river bank.
18a Start to watch playing this game (5)
The first letter of WATCH, plus an anagram of THIS.
20a Susan turned back with heavyweight to find station (6)
Reverse the short form of SUSAN and add a weight to give somewhere to travel from.
28a Rock having even weight (9)
A word meaning to make something even and a different weight from before.
2d Stop and state temperature (5)
A word meaning to state and the abbreviation for temperature.
5d Review problem at university (3,2)
A word for a (mathematical) problem and the expression for someone at university (Go check our knowledge store if you’re really stuck)
6d From objectors remarkably, his sympathy is actually discouraging (4,9)
An anagram of FROM OBJECTORS gives you a phrase for someone who specialises in faux sympathy.
7d Prostrate after mishap and likely to get hurt (8-5)
A word for a mishap followed by one meaning prostrate will define someone like me!
9d Coldness following stiffness (9)
The abbreviation for following plus a word meaning stiffness
13d In this case there are no capitals (5)
how the first letter of this hint’s written….
22d Troublesome Naomi embraces learner, one in the fuel industry (6)
An anagram (troublesome) of NAOMI goes around the abbreviation for learner.
23d Part of Mercedes, Cortina or another car (6)
26d Something wrong about Italian protest (3-2)
A word for something very wrong goes around the abbreviation for Italian.
Thanks to our mystery setter (my hunch is the new kid on the block, who’s been here for a few months now) for today and remember to play nicely.
Have something a bit different for our Saturday musical offering……
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The Quick Crossword pun: MISS+SUNDER+STANDING=MISUNDERSTANDING