Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29562 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a chilly and slightly snowy Tier 4 in Warrington.
For those not aware, we very sadly lost one of our regular Saturday setters last weekend, with the passing of Richard Palmer who was our original ‘Mysteron’ setter. Richard set a great number of the Saturday puzzles in recent years and his puzzles were always enjoyable and laced with humour and were always accessible. Prior to being part of the Telegraph team, both on a Saturday and as Messinae in the Toughie, Richard was a regular in the Independent as Merlin and in the Times. He also set barred puzzles in the broadsheets. His contribution to crossword history is immense and we will miss him terribly.
R I P Richard.
Now to today, well it was a challenge and I guess it will divide the house. I found it quite enjoyable and wondered if there was an original plan for all the entries I n the outer grid squares were all meant to start or end with vowels (including Y) but it couldn’t fully work out.
The usual request to play nicely please and not post direct answers to clues not hinted at. You’ll get exposure sitting on the naughty step.
As usual, thanks to today’s setter and I’ll be back next Saturday.
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.
6a Process imposed around rocks (5,8)
Which klutz tried to make an anagram from the first two words of the clue (that has 14 letters)? Yes indeedy, me! Glad I’m not alone. An anagram of IMPOSED AROUND gives a Latin phrase that describes a process or way of working.
9a Disorganised start to school fair around noon (8)
After S * the start to school) goes a word meaning fair or attractive that goes around N (for noon).
11a Threaten naughty child with death (6)
The name for a naughty child plus one meaning death or finish,
12a Big ship linked to eastern charity (8)
After something meaning big goes an abbreviation for a ship and then E for eastern.
16a Tactless remark about Irish beast (7)
The word for an error or tactless remark goes around the abbreviation for Ireland.
20a Fellow sailor Johnson wants his tea stirred round (8)
Around the abbreviation for the role played by B Johnson goes an anagram (stirred round) of HIS TEA.
26a Get to the point! (6)
Two definitions – to get to someone and something with a point?
27a When batter’s needed, before fast spell? (6,7)
A cryptic definition. When batter is used the day before you should stop eating, for religious reasons.
1d Follower died here, nursed by social worker (8)
Around D (died) and HERE goes that name for something that frequently appears under ‘social worker’ in the various crossword dictionaries. You’re looking for the name for an insect.
2d Man’s man perhaps is on spacecraft (8)
The name for a man from the Isle of Man, you need to take IS and add a type of spaceship.
3d Judas for one bitter about situation? (7)
Something Judas was in the new testament is a word for something that bitter could be around a word meaning situation as in the expression ‘situation vacant’. I had TRAITOR with I around TART (bitter) reversed. It wasn’t.
5d Something added is a letter dictated (6)
If you say the indefinite article and a letter of the alphabet, you get something meaning an addition (to a document, etc.).
6d Steamship and two ducks involved with Mr Toad’s transformation? (13)
An anagram (involved) of STEAMSHIP, OO (two ducks) and MR. gives a scientific word for change.
7d Elf is so ridiculously unwise, given voice in archipelago (5,2,6)
Mix up the letters of ELF IS SO and then add a homophone (given voice) of a word meaning unwise. This gives the name of a famous British archipelago (I have never thought of it as an archipelago).
13d Swimmer in short dress (3)
A type of fish is a word for clothes, minus its last letter.
19d Hermione’s daughter partied wildly (7)
The daughter of Hermione from a Shakespeare play is an anagram of PARTIED.
22d Fourth session of play with England’s opener having an effect? (6)
Write down the name for the fourth part of play plus E (the opening letter of England).
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Today’s music is often played around this year in Vienna. I managed to find one that doesn’t feature the simpering face of Andre Rieu, who appears to have hijacked this stuff. As you might guess, I am not a fan of his. See you next week.
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The Quick Crossword pun: cygnet+wrings=signet rings