Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29509 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a drizzly and gloomy Tier-3 Warrington. Newly liberated from work, though still searching for something to replace it, here we go with another Saturday blog. And apologies for a little lateness – we have a fire alarm go off in our block and I had to go and stand in the drizzle for 50 mins (well, sit in my car!).
Over the past few weeks I have found the puzzles increasingly less enjoyable and have been surprised that most of you have seemed to enjoy them. I’m afraid today’s seems to sustain my feelings. Felt like a Wednesday/Thursday Toughie rather than the normal light and cheerful make-you-smile efforts we have come to know and love. Maybe it’s just me feeling a bit off as I’ve had a fairly difficult few weeks with redundancy and looking for a new role. The double unchecked letters or ‘unches’ in Crosswordese, don’t help either. As a final help, the pictures I have put in relate to answers that I haven’t hinted at but go in sequence in the puzzle!
I shall leave St Crypticsue to do the detailed explanations. I could probably have given hints for almost every clue, but I’m not allowed to. So, remember the usual instructions and do not ask for explanations. Last week, the naughty step was full by 12:27pm. The best advice is to study the clue, definition is always at one of the two ends (unless it’s an all-in-one) and the rest are your indications. Quite a few container clues today as well, not too many anagrams.
Enjoy the music at the end – today’s is really special and will no doubt uplift you.
I’ll see you next Saturday.
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 Weak sense about black and white’s last piece (6)
A word meaning to sense goes around the abbreviation for black. Add the last letter of white to complete the answer.
5a Bust on returning fresh funds for election? (3,5)
The slang name for money that political parties hold for campaigning is found by placing the location of your bust after reversing a word meaning fresh, uncooked.
11a Bishop buzzing with energy in gown (8)
The abbreviation for bishop and then a word meaning buzzing – if it was shining it would be ‘aglow’ – this is similar. Add the abbreviation for energy to get the answer.
19a Widely shared image includes fibre layer (8)
The name for one of these images with words on them that people think other people find them funny (I don’t – and never share – Gosh, I am grumpy today!). Inside this goes the name of some fibre you have at breakfast time.
23a Brave husband left to introduce Beethoven symphony (8)
A slightly unusual word – never heard this style before. Inside the abbreviations for husband and left gores the name of Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony.
25a Cover point with erstwhile Prime Minister (6)
The name of a former UK Prime Minister goes after a compass point in brief.
2d Say Arab initially abhors narcissism (8)
After an abbreviation for say goes a Middle Eastern nationality and the first letter of abhors.
4d Complex Greek character has mug with beer raised (9)
Take the name of the 7th letter of the Greek alphabet, a word meaning to mug someone and a name for beer. Now reverse the lot!
5d Film director ad-libs the moves around set (4-11)
The name of a film director and actor (Think Rosebud!) and then add an anagram of ‘ad-libs the’.
7d Being timeless, The Prince somehow reveals code (8)
An anagram of The Prince, minus T (timeless).
14d Such weapons as come shortly to hand? (5,4)
A cryptic definition for weapons such as hand guns, grenades, etc.
16d Notice cut in smart cloth (8)
Inside a word meaning to smart goes almost all of a word meaning to notice or pay attention to.
17d Roman’s possession in this case? (8)
A cryptic definition referring to the declension of Latin nouns (remember that at school?) that refers to possession. A chance for me to recall the wonderful Gilbert Burrows, my Latin master at Prescot Grammar School, who got me into the love of words and crosswords.
18d Operate reciprocally having Virgin Queen inside (8)
Inside something that may be described as virgin or unsullied goes an abbreviation for HM.
19d African leader forced to hold northern city (7)
A word meaning forced has N (northern) inside. Add to this the abbreviation for an American city.
Well, are you as grumpy as me? Or did this float all your boats. Have your say but remember the rules and play nicely.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Now for some music. I promised you something special today, and here it is. If this doesn’t fill your Saturday with joy, I’m not sure what will. A family that are rapidly becoming the most famous around, and have more talent than many of their contemporaries, and actually look as though they are enjoying themselves hugely.
And this is their version of one of my very favourite pieces of music ever:-
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The Quick Crossword pun: raita+weigh=right of way