Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29562 (Hints)
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Greetings from a chilly but bright Warrington.
We have a fairly challenging puzzle with some quite tricky definitions to untangle. Very enjoyable and contains a good amount of humour with some clever clues, topped by 5 across. I’ll be interested to see what you made of it.
For me, the top half went in reasonably well, although I needed the Big Red Book to confirm one or two. The bottom right-hand corner proved much trickier.
In order to help, unless the answer is the first or last in each section, any answer that is a full anagram will not be hinted at. Look for words that indicate movement in the clue.
Please play nicely, we’re not allowed to give direct answers on the thread. The naughty step is still very cold and we are still serving left over sprouts and Christmas cake.
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 Band of stars showing class in Sinatra number (5,3)
Inside a song made famous by F Sinatra goes a word meaning class or kind.
5a Mamma Mia finally shown in French port (6)
A word meaning Mamma (look it up in the BRB, look it up online very, very carefully!) Inside the name of a port in Brittany goes A (MIA, finally).
13a Where animal comes across university pair? (8)
The 2-letter name for an animal and something it may cross.
20a Bath water in which Virginia rotated leg (4)
Reverse the abbreviation for the state and add the name for the leg side in cricket (look in The Mine for help).
25a Character set to move a table outside pub (8)
Outside the abbreviation for a pub on a map goes an anagram of A TABLE
29a Refusal abroad to accept a European emperor (8)
The French word that means a negative has A and another European nationality inside it.
31a Boozer — he turned into a swine! (8)
Inside A and a word meaning a cad or swine goes the reverse of HE.
1d Complaint from youth in spring month (6)
Inside a month of the year goes a word for a youth.
2d Desire Liberal associated with marital consent (6)
An abbreviation for Liberalis followed by the two words that give consent at a wedding.
8d Aroused? By implication no! (6,2)
This a phrase meaning aroused, but if the phrase were a clue, it might give the answer NO.
14d Cobblers fitting sole in alcove (7)
Inside a word meaning an alcove or section in an workshop, for example, goes something meaning sole.
17d One wandering sailor in van with dog barking (8)
The abbreviation for sailor goes inside an anagram (barking of VAN + DOG).
22d Detective leaving North American land once? (6)
The abbreviation for a British detective is removed from someone from where our Sunday blogger lives. This gives a biblical land.
23d Short old French person grabbing tea cake (6)
The name from a French person from Roman times minus its last letter has TEA inside.
27d Monied Manhattan street with everything? (4)
The abbreviation for with plus something meaning everything.
How did you find it? A socially distanced stroll in the park or needing a booster jab to tackle it? Do let us know. See you next Saturday!
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The Quick Crossword pun: par+tee+peace=party piece