Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29539 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a damp and drizzly Warrington.
Thanks to the boss for covering last Saturday while I went to get my legs lagged. Here we go with another Saturday teaser and this is probably the friendliest we’ve had for a few weeks. It’s also probably by Cephas, but I may well be wrong. It’s a pangram which will also help some people as well.
Tell us what you thought and as usual remember the rules of the Weekend Crossword Clubs about direct answering. I am off to do some proctoring at the World Quiz Championships which finally happen today after being postponed in June. A large number of people all over the world will be taking part in the event, and later today, I shall share some of the questions with you to see how you would have done.
If you are at a loose end, today’s Guardian puzzle is by our much-missed former Sunday setter, while today’s FT puzzle is by the present incumbent. I know which one I prefer. Get them here!
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 Old vehicle’s trim pocketed by flier (6)
The name for an old wreck of a car is found by taking a word meaning to trim and placing it inside the name of a large black bird of the crow family.
4a Cheap American couple snapped (3-3)
An old American expression meaning cheap and tawdry is found by taking the number that makes up company, rather than a crowd and a word meaning snapped (with teeth).
9a More than enough to help working artist (8)
An anagram (working) of HELP TO and the abbreviation for an artist.
12a Held forth on person living abroad facing one terrible date (10)
One of today’s more obscure answers. The name for a Brit living abroad is followed by an abbreviation for one and an anagram (terrible) of DATE.
16a Bookkeeper’s test of equilibrium? (5,7)
A standard accountancy procedure is cryptically described a word for a test and one relating to equilibrium.
20a What might bring a lump to one’s throat (5,5)
A cryptic way of describing a part of your body.
24a Vessel that’s well-filled (6)
A type of vessel that derives its cargo from a type of well.
25a Well now, that’s better (6)
A double definition.
1d In summer month, right to make soup (8)
I’d forgotten this is also a type of soup, as well as a style of chopping veg (presumably for it!)
5d Cleaner with wooden thumb, oddly? (7)
The abbreviation for ‘with’, a type of wood, and the odd letters of ‘thumb’.
8d Place stripper removed item of footwear (6-7)
An anagram of PLACE STRIPPER.
14d American river crossed by container vessel (9)
The abbreviation for American plus the name of a British river inside the name of a container.
17d Book Russian to sit on throne occasionally (7)
A famous book is made up of an archetypal Russian name and the even letters of THRONE.
18d Fish and beer with married woman (7)
An unusual name for a fish – one that lives in the seas of Crosswordland! A type of beer and a word for a woman who’s wed.
21d Herb’s lab is vandalised (5)
An anagram (vandalised) of LAB IS.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today’s music is by Ludovico Einaudi and while his music divides some of the critics, you can’t ignore it, especially when some vocals are added….
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The Quick Crossword pun: toy+let+tree=toiletry