Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29551 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from Warrington!
All is well after last week’s lateness. Unless I’m very much mistaken, this has all the hallmarks of a Cephas puzzle and is not overtaxing and all round, it’s a pleasant solve.
Remember not to step out of line with answer requests etc. The naughty step has been sprinkled with holly today and the mulled wine has a rather rancid sprout bouquet. Unless it’s the first or last clue in each section, I am not hinting at any answers that are just full anagrams. Look for words such as ‘distributed’, ‘beaten’ and ‘rolling’ that could be indicators of them.
I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year? I should be around on Christmas Day for the annual Double Toughie with Elgar and will be back on Boxing Day for the Prize Puzzle notes.
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.
7a Sporty student to initiate classy descent (4,5)
The name for a sporting student at the major universities, plus a word meaning to bring in.
10a Rich cake and drink found in Gaul, mostly (6)
A type of drink goes inside most of the name of the old country give.
11a First-year student cheeky in front of staff (8)
Someone who’s cheeky may be said to be this, followed by the name for a member of staff.
14a During hostilities Democrat reveals secret (6)
A short word meaning during, followed by a word for hostilities and the abbreviation for Democrat.
18a Dance venue wanting backer in circle (4)
The shortened name of a place to dance.
19a Giselle perhaps takes everyone in punt (6)
Inside the word for a punt or gamble goes something meaning everyone. This gives what the classical work Giselle is.
21a Sailor repeatedly sees fierce person (6)
The name for a sailor and the same name again.
26a God needs a mark to locate treasure chest (6)
The name for a Norse God, plus A and a symbol for an anonymous mark on a treasure map.
28a Protest about short audition for leading lady (9)
The name for a type of protest has a type of audition or legal case minus its last letter inserted. This year we lost a number of famous people, and this was my favourite leading ladies in one of her final and most famous roles.
1d Crow and lark’s head covered in butter (5)
Inside a word that means a butter (i.e. one who butts) goes L, the first letter of LARK.
3d 100 yobs coming to blows (6)
The abbreviation for 100 and the name for a thugs / yobs.
5d Relative in north-east: that’s a relief (6)
After the abbreviation for the North East goes what you say when something is over and you’re relieved.
9d Sheep from Ireland doctor keeps (6)
A poetic word for Ireland goes inside the abbreviation for doctor.
13d The writer is drunk outside — over this perhaps? (5)
A way of saying the first person, who is the writer of this puzzle goes inside a slang word for drunk to reveal something you can go over.
15d Supreme soldier often up on horse (9)
The name for a type of soldier who’s often up in the air, plus a word meaning a horse.
20d Bark’s courageous owner sails absurdly close to shore (6)
The name for a famous Barker, not Ronnie, is an anagram (absurdly) of SAILS plus the last letter (close to) of SHORE
25d Pain in the neck? Medic rang regularly (4)
After the abbreviation for a medic goes the alternate letters from the word RANG (you can work out which ones!)
Thanks to Cephas for today’s teaser.
The Crossword Club is now open.
I leave you with two seasonal, emotional and beautiful items. Happy holidays!
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The Quick Crossword pun: miss+tickle=mystical