Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29491 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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I’m still having to work (two more Saturdays after today and then the big R) so it is a little truncated.
Very enjoyable puzzle today by one of our Mysterons, needing a little more thought than last week’s. For those who attach importance to such things, no pangram today. A few creatures in the grid though. Lots of anagrams as well, most of which I have not hinted at. Look for the words that could indicate movement in clues.
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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.
5a Bind helium in nucleus (6)
A term in science meaning to bind is found by taking the symbol for helium and place it inside something meaning a centre or nucleus.
8a Great loss of liquid for flushing lavatory? (8)
Take the word for a type of liquid and a slang name for a lavatory. The definition is in the dictionary.
14a Non-Equity presentations shot in the afternoon? (2-4)
The name for performances where the cast are not professional could be described as ‘being done by noon’.
17a Send back rotten fish (3)
Reverse a word meaning rotten to get an edible fish.
20a Rodent traps doctor in shopping centre (6)
The name for a member of the rodent family is found by taking an abbreviation for a doctor and placing it inside the (American) name for a shopping centre (or center).
23a Substantial weight is in wood floor (8)
Inside the name of the wood from which cricket stumps are made goes a weight and IS.
31a Old weapons in unopened graves (6)
A word for type of raised burial site doesn’t have its first letter.
1d Ultimately malicious sorceress making light flicker? (6)
The last letter (ultimately) of MALICIOUS plus the name for a sorceress gives something you can flick to get light.
3d Sound rising? Time to exit street party! (9)
A musical term meaning getting louder is the name for a type of thoroughfare, minus a T, plus a word for a party.
4d Murphy dropping old rubbish in river (6)
The abbreviation for old, plus a word for rubbishy antiques both go inside the name of an Italian river.
7d Those out to stop traitor that changes Resistance? (8)
The name for a scientific device that alters resistance is found by rearranging the letters (out) of THOSE and placing them inside a word for a traitor.
15d Second number scheme on European aircraft (9)
A word sum. A word meaning a second, plus the abbreviation for number, add a word for a scheme and an abbreviation for European to give the name of an old aircraft
16d Heater that’s cooler for car (8)
Two definitions. At home it warms you and in the car, it’s designed to cool the engine.
18d Having reached 50, worker lives in fantasy land (8)
The name for a fictional land is found by saying you have got to the Roman numeral for 50, add a standard crossword word that is clued by ‘worker’ and a short word meaning exists.
27d Digs in snow and ice? (5)
Something for which ‘digs’ is a slang word for, but when snow and ice are involved.
Thanks to our setter for today’s puzzle. See you next week.
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Music today comes courtesy of one of Britain’s most promising young musicians. Jess Gillam is a truly talented saxophonist and this is one of her best:
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The Quick Crossword pun: pour+chew+Gaul=Portugal