Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29527 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington. Much of my week was spent on a short holiday in the local hospital after an emergency admission last Saturday.
Fortunately, I’m now home after being well looked after and I’m on the mend, though need to rest (easier said than done!). Thanks to the amazing A&E staff and the nurses of Ward B19 for their fantastic care, though the food was a bit naff!
A very enjoyable puzzle today, and one with an extra help in that we have a pangram on duty. Although there’s a couple of unusual words, they are clued in a fairly friendly manner. I would reckon it’s possibly by one of the traditional Saturday setters.
Please remember the rules about hints, otherwise the naughty step beckons. Thanks to our setter and I’ll 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 Soaked in fat (8)
We start with a double definition. Something that is very wet is also a traditional type of fat.
9a Series of balls with chum dancing an excessive amount (8)
The name for a series of balls in a certain sport, plus and anagram (dancing) of chum.
11a Type of finish in race that’s vivid? It’s to do with images (12)
A sort of finish in sport plus something meaning vivid or extremely clear.
21a Lawbreaker facing prison? A liberal one might allow such visits (8)
The nickname for a criminal plus a slang word for where they go for their sins, add A plus the abbreviation for liberal.
23a Remarkably adept Patricia stopping short became involved (12)
An anagram (remarkably) of ADEPT and PATRICIA, minus the last letter (stopping short) gives you a word meaning became involved.
27a A bird in China coming from father’s side (8)
A type of bird goes inside a word which means the same as what China means in Cockney Rhyming Slang
28a Hothouse‘s coloured lines (8)
A type of conservatory is revealed by taking a colour and adding the abbreviation for some railway lines.
2d Act with old student in show again (4-4)
Inside a word meaning to show again (or a second soccer match) go the abbreviations for old and student.
3d Think about supporting new rep, worker being dominant (12)
Under an anagram of REP goes a word meaning to think and then add a common crossword answer for worker (think six legs!).
6d Bring up one under care located astern (8)
Something meaning to bring up goes over a word meaning a child under the charge of a guardian.
12d After vegetables, start to eat sweet porridge? (5,7)
Take some vegetables, add the first letter of eat and the word for a sweet or dessert and this serves up a North Eastern delicacy (though other areas claim it as well!)
14d Poisonous beef consumed in short moment (5)
A short word for cattle goes inside a word for a moment, minus its last letter.
16d Bed-wetter? (8)
Nice cryptic definition for something you water your outdoor bed with.
19d Odds on famous racehorse first to run? It might be seen in November (8)
The abbreviation for some odds in horse racing plus the name of a famous racehorse of the 1960’s and add the first letter of run.
22d Head over valley to find animal (6)
An unusual name for an animal (think guinea pig) is a slang word for the head and the name for a drowned valley in geography.
25d Game explorer (4)
We started with a double definition and we finish with one. The name of a sport is that of a famous explorer from the Middle Ages.
How was that for you? Not too taxing, I hope. Thanks again to our setter and I’ll see you next week!
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Music today features two beautiful pieces from one of my favourite current contemporary composers and performers. Enjoy!
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The Quick Crossword pun: Diss+Dane+full=disdainful