Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29503 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning everyone from a sunny autumnal morning in Warrington.
Normal service resumed next week hopefully. This is my last Saturday before redundancy and I am a free agent.
Today’s teaser I suspect is probably by our new kid on the block and is quite a stern challenge, possibly straying towards Tuesday Toughie territory. A few clues that were quite tricky and needed some thought.
I’ve tried to cover them as best as I can. I have given an extra clue hint to get people to behave themselves and not post additional hints or answers.
John Halpern, our Sunday setter and Dada in Toughies, has been running regular Zoom sessions discussing his Guardian puzzles. Next Thursday he turns to Telegraph Towers and is hosting a Q and A session with Chris Lancaster at 7:30pm. Expect a few others to be lurking around.
You can sign up here: https://www.johnhalpern.co.uk/
He’s on duty today in the FT as Mudd, Puck is the Gaurdian Prize slot and for me, best of all Micawber, under his Morph guise is in the Independent.
Remember to play nicely, don’t ask for answers that are not hinted at, and don’t post answers not hinted at. There are reasons why we do this, so respect them. If you don’t like it, there are places you can go and get them.
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 Change characters in French poem about Charlie (6)
A way of saying in in French, plus a type of poem, with the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO Phonetic alphabet tucked in.
4a Crazy lustful type swallows new plant with supposed magical powers (8)
The same device used as in 1 ac; a word for crazy and a lustful, disreputable person has the abbreviation for new inside.
9a Court may be held in this but this can’t be held in court (6)
Two definitions here, both sort of cryptic. A Latin phrase when a court meets in secret, and something that is forbidden in court.
11a Academic gets caught replacing fine computer part (9)
Be careful to get this the right way round. The definition you are looking for is underlined. The name for an academic has the abbreviation for fine replaced by one meaning caught
14a Who’ll save a great pile taint loan administered with corruption (8,5)
The organisation that protects ‘piles’ Is an anagram of TAINT LOAN plus a word for the corruption of metal.
17a After long time volunteers will face politicians — they should secure delivery (7,6)
The Latin word for after, plus a word meaning long time, plus the standard crossword abbreviation for volunteers, plus one for politicians.
23a Group of soldiers throwing out head of government showing restraint (9)
Remove the letter G (head of government) from an unusual word for a group of soldiers.
26a Reverberating snore disturbed TV presenter (8)
An anagram (disturbed) of SNORE plus the name of the rehabilitated half of a TV presenting duo. He’s always the one on the left.
27a Mean, like a jellyfish? (6)
If ‘like a stick’ is ‘sticky’ then like a jellyfish could be this….
1d Flee with directions leading to headland (6)
The abbreviation for two directions at right angles to each other, plus the name for a type of headland.
2d More than one camp friend of Clegg coming to North Dakota in America (9)
The name for a friend of Clegg in a TV comedy series, plus the abbreviation for America with that of one of the states inside.
5d Noted alarms going off in weapons site (11)
The name of a famous weapons establishment that provoked marches in the 1960’s and led to the establishment of CND is an anagram of NOTED ALARMS.
6d Unassertive type raised cap, cross (7)
This, I think, is quite tricky. Take the name for a cap (the first part of a Scottish one can be one – see the BRB) plus the name for a type of cross and reverse the lot.
8d Condemn what director’s paid? (8)
A short word for a company director plus what they earn.
12d E.g. Hamlet on TV provides diversion (11)
What the brand Hamlet was and probably still is, plus a name for a TV.
16d Key watering-hole that’s out of this world? (5,3)
A description of a hostelry near the Milky Way, perhaps, is something you may have just pressed.
22d Geography student’s requirement finally reduced (5)
A two word phrase meaning finally, minus its last letter and then joined together.
Thanks to our setter and I’ll see you next Saturday!
The Crossword Club is now open.
Music today is this splendid new release and a stupendous video…
and if you like that, you’ll adore this….
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The Quick Crossword pun: Al Gore+rhythm=algorithm