Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29515 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a sunny Warrington. Now locked down again, it all feels a bit gloomy though I am faintly cheered by the news from across the Big Pond. Having been watching CNN for the past few days, I have now learned a few new words and phrases, including Key Race Alert. Don’t think I’ll be using it in conversation soon, though!
I am also cheered to see today’s puzzle is a bit more friendly than the past few weeks, and I suspect it’s either our original Saturday Setter, Cephas, back on duty or our original Mysteron.
Thanks to a correspondent, there’s something amusing in the Letters column of today’s paper. I’m surprised there haven’t been comments about a few other days as well!
Let us know what you think – please remember the site rules and the constraints we have to work to, so we can be allowed to bring you these hints on a Saturday.
And anyway, you’ll be sitting on the naughty step with a crying orange American chap, stroking his toupee. 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.
1a Scholar revised a manic idea about carbon (11)
An anagram (revised) of A MANIC IDEA goes round the chemical symbol for Carbon.
9a Trump has vehicle in Indiana abandoned (5)
Inside the first and last letters of Indiana (abandoned, i.e. the contents removed) goes that name of a vehicle to give you a name of His Ex.
10a Boss to lead with three articles (3,6)
A phrase for a boss in business is found by taking to and the chemical symbol for lead, and then adding three indefinite articles.
11a Sage Derby perhaps feeding mother (7)
Inside a name for a mother (or two!) goes what a Derby is to an American.
15a One obsessed in new way renouncing whiskey (4)
Take the word new, add the abbreviation for a way and remove the NATO alphabet letter to which Whiskey refers. Did you know the answer was first used by Dr Seuss as the name of an animal in 1950, with the word getting its first slang outing the following year?
20a Negative piece with slogan Reaganites used? (8)
The name for a particle that’s negative could be a voting slogan that could have been used by Reagan.
21a Trial by TV in the birthplace of science? (4,4)
The word for a trial is followed by the nickname for television is where a scientific experiment often begins.
23a Chap’s name is love (7)
You’re looking for a man’s name, though I have never met anyone with this name. Take IS and a word meaning to love.
25a Racing ace, forced out, not best pleased (9)
The name for a type of motor sport. Take A for ace, add an anagram (forced) of OUT and then a word meaning not pleased.
27a Bloke in forces set landmine off (8,3)
An obscure name for a military male is an anagram of SET LANDMINE
2d Church with old Irish singing group (5)
One of the abbreviations for church, plus the abbreviations for old and Irish.
3d Expert fish worker (3,4)
The name for a flat fish, plus that for a worker gives someone who knows what they are doing.
4d Musician Mike strangely silent around king (8)
The name for a medieval musician is found by taking the NATO letter associated with Mike and adding an anagram of SILENT going round an abbreviation for king.
6d Shot prior to retirement? (8)
A cryptic way of saying your drink (a shot) before bed.
8d Fellowship of real ale fans entertaining a Democrat on lake (11)
Probably a tricky one to work out. Take the name for a group loved by beer fans going around A and add the abbreviation for Democrat plus the name for a Great Lake.
12d Something wicked and frivolous that helps dispel gloom (11)
Here’s a crossword chestnut. Something that has a wick plus a word meaning frivolous.
Have some bonus music….
16d Unusually good ground yields element (4,5)
The name given to a group of elements in the Periodic Table is revealed by finding a word meaning good unusually and an alternative word for ground or soil.
18d Branch in High Street will keep bonnet that’s reduced (8)
Something that means high, as in stinky, and the abbreviation for street with the name for a bonnet or hat inside, minus its last letter.
24d Nobleman almost skinned? (4)
The name for a nobleman is a word meaning almost, minus its first and last letter.
All done? Enjoy it? Let us know.
Thanks to our setter for an enjoyable challenge today that had a few headscratchers in it. I’ll see you next week.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today’s music is cheering too. When I feel in ned of a pick-me-up, this does the trick. And you have an appearance of Father Christmas off duty and a cummerbund!
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The Quick Crossword pun: dare+Reeve+arms=dairy farms