Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29545 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning everyone from Warrington.
A very brief blog today. Broadband problems and oversleeping has conspired to make this a bit of a rush.
[Not helped by my forgetting about adding the hints, being distracted by the postman delivering some New Berry Fruits and Turkish Delight! BD]
This is a very enjoyable puzzle, somewhere towards the harder end of Saturday, but my advice would be to read the clues carefully, sort out what you believe the definition to be and take the indications from there. There are a couple of obscurities lurking around, so tread carefully.
I have given a couple of extra clues in some places to odd words.
1 Across took several different entries before I had the right one. A few crossword chestnuts are lurking in the indications, so think a little outside the box. My guess is it’s our original Mysteron behind the mask today. Unless it’s a first or last clue, and the answer is a full-on anagram, I’m not hinting them. So, look for words that could be anagram indicators.
As usual remember the usual caveats about hints and posting answers. The Naughty Step is a bit damp and there’s only stale Simnel Cake and the juice from the Brussels Sprouts that have been on since August to drink.
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.
1 Ogre entering disreputable bar? Split! (7)
Probably the hardest clue today. A word for a sleazy bar has the name for an Ogre from the world of Tolkien inside to give something meaning to split (in a marital way).
5 Birds with wings in Estonia’s coastal location (7)
The name for a British town on the coast. Take some birds and add the first and last letters (wings) of ESTONIA.
10 Half a dozen with tasty dish (5)
The Roman numeral for six, plus a word that means ‘with’. You could swap ‘tasty dish’ for ‘French meat’, as an extra clue.
11 Armchair found by couple in a Sumerian city (7)
Something meaning to couple or join inside A, plus the name of a Sumerian city. Change ‘Sumerian’ to ‘biblical’ if you are not a traveller to Sumeria.
16 Performance going ahead in London district (5)
A word for a performance and something meaning going ahead or taking place.
21 Lass around when love gives gemstone (7)
A word for a female goes around a short word meaning when and the symbol for love in tennis.
25 Guru’s morning in Westminster? (5)
Inside the area location of Westminster goes the abbreviation for morning.
28 Painter harboured by diplomat is secure (7)
Simply a hidden answer!
1 State directive emptied Irish county (7)
The first and last letters of directive plus the name of an Irish county.
2 Grand house in very bad area (5)
The abbreviation for very, a word meaning bad and the abbreviation for area.
5 Trickery from the French in great deal (7)
Something meaning trickery, especially associated with magic. This man was a genius at it, and one of the funniest people I have seen live (after Doddy, of course).
6 Profit sometimes taken unfairly? (9)
A double definition.
7 Get this cooked: old man coming in for food (9)
Inside an anagram (cooked) of GET THIS goes a word for your old man.
14 Planted bananas in secret? (9)
The location of something planted plus the posh name for a bunch of bananas.
18 Student in Hell beginning to sweat: this fans flames (7)
The abbreviation for a student inside the location of Hades plus the first letter of sweat.
20 Made to suffer in wicked college life (7)
Inside a slang word meaning wicked, or brilliant goes an anagram (to suffer) of MADE.
23 Milling corn gerbils ate regularly (5)
The alternate letters (regularly) of GERBILS ATE.
24 Gets close attention in north and south (5)
Inside the abbreviations for North and South goes a word meaning attention.
Thanks to our setter for a pleasant challenge. I hope the hints help and you got through it! See you next week.
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Today’s music is something to get you feeling seasonal.
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The Quick Crossword pun: Sun+tall+buns=St Albans