Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29574 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from damp and chilly Warrington. An OU tutorial this morning on German dialects and linguistic style is my treat for this morning, so the blog is a bit brief.
It’s back to basics today with a very straightforward Saturday puzzle which should please most people, even Brian! Chockful of cryptic definitions, it’s fairly easy to guess who set it and hopefully he’ll visit us later and confirm it!
Remember the usual rules and play nicely. See you next week!
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 Peak protection for optics? (8)
A cryptic definition indicated by the question mark and its brevity. Something to wear that has a peak and gives protection to optics.
5a Patient chap left books in collection of odds and ends (3,3)
The name of a character from the Bible famed for his patience, plus the abbreviation for left and then an abbreviation that applies 50% of the time when a setter uses the word ‘books’.
9a No ruin, we hear? That’s unwise (8)
If you didn’t have a ruin, you could be described as this!
12a Made plans having been called up (7)
A double definition.
13a Male midwife? (8-3)
Think of the main role of a midwife and give it a masculine spin.
22a State who in Paris inside is trembling (7)
The French word for ‘who’ goes insider something meaning to state.
25a Misled Gerry about this book? (6)
A hidden answer
26a Then look round — you might find it in the wood (8)
An anagram of THEN LOOK will give you something literally in the wood.
1d Employee, beginner starting late (6)
Take the name for a beginner and lose the first letter (starting late).
3d After short break, alight in country (7)
The abbreviated name for a break or rest, plus a word meaning to alight and you have somewhere overseas, just about.
4d Unwilling, Sidney stood up and bowed (11)
A short form of Sidney reversed (stood up) and a word meaning bowed or sloping.
7d Lengthy item removed over a considerable period (4-4)
A word meaning lengthy and an anagram (removed) of ITEM.
12d Where one could have caught train in Chester in chaos (11)
A double definition. Something meaning chaos is where you would have caught a train in Chester in Roman times! Clue of the day for me!
14d Avoidance of European clash we organised (8)
A slightly obscure word. The abbreviation for European, plus an anagram (ordered) of CLASH WE.
18d Question purchasing the French garment (7)
A word meaning to question something has a French definite article inserted.
20d Reportedly fix wall decoration (6)
The name for a wall decoration sounds like a word meaning to fix.
That’s all for today. Did it float your boat or were you all at sea? Leave a message and let us know!
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The Quick Crossword pun: inns+sighed=inside