Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29521 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Lockdown Central in Warrington. I have just managed to upgrade the software on my iMac to the new Big Sur operating system, with surprisingly little trouble. Accordingly, I can bring you today’s blog.
I think the comments from the past few weeks will apply again. A few people will enjoy it, but most will feel negative about it. A shame. It is a very classy puzzle but is probably more suited to a Tuesday or Wednesday Toughie and probably set by our newish kid on the block. Lots of clever definitions to admire, but this took me quite some time to get onto the right wavelength. Maybe while we are locked up or down the esteemed Editor feels we need a stiffer challenge than the usual Saturday puzzle.
Two more puzzles for you! If you are missing our former Sunday setter, he’s on duty in today’s Guardian. You’ll find the puzzle here:
Today’s Indy puzzle is by Morph who sets Toughies as Micawber and can always be relied upon for some mischievous fun. That puzzle is here:
You need to watch an advert and then there’s a print option on the screen.
The usual rules. The hints are designed to help you give you a start or a nudge to finish. Please don’t ask for extra help, it will not be forthcoming and may earn you a trip to the naughty step.
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 Greek character recalled problem about British diamond (7)
A letter of the Greek alphabet, then a word for a (Maths) problem reversed going round B for British.
5a Martians at last on flying saucer? It’s deliberate (7)
The last letter of Martians goes on the end of something saucer-shaped that flies through the air in a sporting context. The definition can be found if you pronounced the final word correctly!
12a Coppers on spot reported revolution (3,6)
After a homophone for to spot something goes a word for the coinage in your pocket.
13a Denied agent involved in a plot (9)
Inside A and a word for a garden plot goes an anagram of AGENT.
17a Conscientious consumer for example stops goods vehicle (5)
The abbreviation of ‘for example’ gois inside a commercial vehicle to give someone who eats with a conscience.
20a Boat from Oxford University set off (9)
A type of ‘boat with stabilisers’ is found by taking the abbreviation for the Uni and adding something that means to set off.
26a Drunk on a charge in Alaskan port … (9)
The name of a place in Alaska is an anagram of ON A CHARGE. The three dots indicate a run-on to the next clue which you should treat exactly the same.
28a Lead and quietly withdraw (7)
The abbreviation for quietly in msic and a word meaning to withdraw.
1d Actor, ‘with it’, could make something cheesy (7)
A type of Italian cheese is an anagram of ACTOR and IT. One of those answers that seems to be appearing in more and more puzzles.
3d Popular movement to exclude fwightful person? (9)
A word meaning to exclude plus a word for a person who can be aggressive or bad tempered, but bear in mind the way one of the words appears here. This lady specialised in them!
5d Champ among boxers perhaps in ruthless competition (3-3-3)
Inside two examples of what boxers are goes a word for which champ be an obscure-ish definition.
7d Classy bar near a poor town locale (5,4)
The abbreviation for classy (as defined by one of the Mitford sisters) plus an anagram of BAR NEAR A.
15d Communications device to signal unwittingly (9)
A double definition and a third if you know what you’re reading.
16d Stew has turkey in creole cooking (9)
The word for a numpty inside an anagram of CREOLE.
17d Bad lover pens heartless gag for online contributor (7)
Inside in anagram of lover goes the outside letters of gag to give someone who would possibly do a video version of this.
19d Intense old partner leaves home? Maiden brought in (7)
Inside the name for a former partner and a home for leaves goes M for maiden.
22d Run, step up and go over again (5)
After the abbreviation for a run goes something meaning step reversed.
24d In the beginning, Adam mentioned temptation as moderate (5)
The ‘beginning’ letter of Adam and a homophone (mentioned) of a word for a temptation
Thanks to our setter for a puzzle that grew on me as I tackled it. See you next week.
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Today’s music is something simple and pleasing. Enjoy!
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The Quick Crossword pun: Lassie+chewed=lassitude