Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29556 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning and I hope you’ve had a good festive period thus far.
I have no printer where I am staying and so tried to find the DT Crossword App (is there one?) and had no success. I tried via the website on my iPad and gave up after half an hour as I couldn’t enter answers.
I then went and got the trusty laptop and got in through the website and was able to solve the puzzle. Another in the run of fairly friendly prize puzzles that we have had on a Saturday, but I’m less than happy with a couple of the definitions which I feel are a bit loose. Mind you after wrestling with the Elgar Double Toughie (blog up later), I think I welcome something that wasn’t too taxing.
Any bridge players that would like something to do today, the online club I run is holding a session this afternoon at 2pm. If you’d like to play, get in touch via the club’s mail account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll send instructions.
As this is the last Prize Puzzle blog, I’d like to take this chance to wish you every good wish for the New Year. After this one, I’d like to say it couldn’t be any worse, but who knows?
Anyway, on with the motley, and here’s today’s hints. Remember that unless it’s a first or last clue, I’m not going to hint at the answer if it’s a full anagram. Look for words that indicate movement as indicators.
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 Part-timer shocks alluring women (11)
The short name for a part-time worker, or more accurately a short-term worker is followed by what shocks are in the tonsorial sense of the word.
11a Hit yourself (6,3)
Two definitions. The name for a hit record, and a way of describing yourself.
12a Weapon striking girl? (9)
Another double definition. It’s the full name for a type of weapon, and the name for an attractive woman, usually preceded by ‘blonde’.
13a The writer of this puzzle a subject for discussion (5)
I think I have seen this clue about four or five times this week in various dailies. It happens sometimes, but it provided my starting point for today. THE plus a way of describing the creator of this puzzle gives you a word for a discussion subject.
14a Something like a cricket cap is coveted, and delighting Australian openers (6)
Take the first letter of six of the words in the clue to get the answer.
24a Money man in more ostentatious clothes (9)
Something meaning more ostentatious ‘clothes’ (goes round) IN.
26a Move top article in magazine (9)
A word meaning to move and the word for a top of a hill make something found in a magazine (not a printed one).
28a Rich yellow food in salad stuffed in mouth, perhaps? (11)
The name for a food accompaniment that is rich and yellow (and usually causes chaos on Masterchef). Inside a slang word for your mouth goes an anagram (stuffed) of IN SALAD.
2d Course record so modest at the outset (5)
A type of 7″ record that often was popular around this ti.e of the year, plus so and the first letter of modest (at the outset) give a venue for the Sport of Kings.
4d Stem river perhaps? (6)
This word has 24 different definitions on the Chambers app. Here’s one of them and a cryptic one. The name for a rooting stem that runs along the ground and a word a cryptic crossword compiler may describe a river, other than a flower (flow-er) or bank-er (one with banks).
5d African very African! (8)
An East African person is found by taking a short word for very and the name for a West African person.
7d Reported impertinence by those waiting for a haircut? Spicy stuff! (8,5)
A homophone for a group of people in line waiting for a haircut and a word for impertinence or cheek.
8d Solitary type, fellow struggling to carry on (4,4)
An anagram (struggling) of fellow with ON inside.
17d Flower opened, a daisy’s beginning to come up (8)
If something is opened (particularly a jar) it is often said to have this, add A and D (beginning to Daisy) and you get a flower! How many of you went looking for a river automatically?
21d Swimmer touring islands and one country (7)
The name of an edible fish goes round (touring) an abbreviation for islands and the Roman numeral for one. This gives you a country.
22d An official in college on the range (6)
AN plus the head of a college gives a word relating to a range of mountains.
25d Clubs I initially rely on, not spades (5)
I, plus some first letters give the name for some sporting clubs.
Now, as usual, play nicely and avoid the naughty step. I’ll see you next year!
The Crossword Club is now open.
Here’s something beautiful to finish the year. Discover the whole concerto, it’s amazing.
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The Quick Crossword pun: jib+booty=Djibouti