Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29580 (Hints)
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Greetings from a very snowy Warrington.
I think we have quite a challenging puzzle today. Not helped by entering completely the wrong answer to the first across answer, which held me up for quite a time.
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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.
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Some hints follow.
7a Handle in one’s hand? (9)
I entered SIGNATURE here and fairly quickly realised it wasn’t. A cryptic way of showing your name by your hand.
10a Means business! (6)
I am unashamed to say I worked this from the checking letters and found a word that means each of the words in the definition.
11a People grasping Old Testament symbols (8)
Inside the name for the people of a country goes the abbreviation for one half of the Bible which gives you a word for symbols.
12a Painter consumes gallon in attractive bar (6)
Inside the name of a famous artist called Edouard goes the abbreviation for gallon to give something that has attractive properties.
14a Crafty Kate Minola departs (6)
Kate Minola has a special name in Shakespeare. Add the abbreviation for departs to it, to get your answer.
19a Everyone outside potty over handsome youth (6)
The two-letter name for a chamber pot goes inside something meaning everyone and is followed by the abbreviation for over
24a New yarns composed: pens productive here? (8)
An anagram of NEW YARNS gives you somewhere you can see pens. And cobs.
26a Coat to take to the cleaners (6)
A double definition.
27a Parry, holding short sword in both hands? (5)
Inside the symbol for the names of both your hands goes a word for a fencing sword, minus the last letter. Another fencing clue soon!
28a At sixes and sevens, turn to her for direction (4,5)
An anagram (indicated by ‘at sixes and sevens’) of TURN TO HER gives the name for a specific direction.
1d Breather, then energy needed in fencing move (5)
Something that helps you breathe plus the abbreviation for energy.
3d Cheat catching fish for children’s writer? (6)
A type of large flat fish goes inside a word that means the same as the answer at 26 across.
5d Gambler now attending Gamblers Anonymous? (6)
Double definition where the second is cryptic. The name for a gambler (on the gee-gees) is what the gambler could be said to be if he/she joined Gamblers Anonymous!
9d Secret police given seconds to make arrest (6)
The name for the secret police of E Germany plus an abbreviation for seconds gives a medical term for an arrest.
13d Support band not totally sincere — songs lacking content (5)
The name for a (bodily) support is a word meaning sincere or honest, minus its last letter. Add the first and last letter of SONGS (lacking content)
15d Plot that failed? Good: prisoner taken in below (9)
The name of a famous plot in history. After the abbreviation for good goes a word meaning below with an abbreviation for a wartime prisoner inside.
18d Composer with part that’s upset Mister Solo? (8)
Nothing to do with the Man from UNCLE, but a man who is solo. The name of a famous composer (clue below) and the word for a part in a play reversed.
22d File assembled about iron tower’s designer (6)
An anagram (assembled) of FILE around the chemical symbol for iron.
23d Author in second chapter exaggerated (5)
After abbreviations for second and chapter (a one-letter one) goes a three letter abbreviation for exaggerated. This gives you a famous author and a homophone of his nationality.
25d See attempt to get out at the Oval? (4)
Double definition. The name of an English See (think religion or look in the Mine!) plus a way of bowling someone out in cricket.
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The Quick Crossword pun: hiss+panics=Hispanics