Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29586 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from Warrington, where it’s chilly and damp.
We have an interesting puzzle where some sound and clever clues appear, but I can’t help feeling one or two are too clever for their own good, with some definitions/indications that may be more at home in a barred puzzle. Enjoyable, but I think one or two of our gang may encounter a few brick walls if they don’t have a Big Red Book to help them.
Today we would normally be meeting in the Bridge House celebrating another year of the blog, however obviously we are not able to. The Boss will be organising one as soon as is possible but in the meantime, we are planning a virtual celebration via Zoom on
Saturday 27th February Saturday 27th March and we hope you’ll come and join us. We will post entry details on the day, and we hope you’ll be able to share coffee and cake, or maybe something stronger. Hopefully some of the setters will also join us and we’ll have breakout rooms where you can chat and enjoy the company. It’ll be nice to put faces to keyboards, so let us know here and on the birthday blog whether you’re up for joining us.
Enjoy the puzzle, remember the usual rules, play nicely.
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 The car of your dreams? (7)
A cryptic definition of part of a train.
5a Approachable female appears in a moral tale (7)
Inside A and the name for a story with a moral goes the abbreviation for female.
9a Parking arranged at a price for each person (3,6)
Abbreviation for parking, plus an anagram of AT A PRICE gives a Latin phrase
11a Strained decimal point (7)
How you would cryptically describe something decimal, plus a compass point in short.
13a Guy Busby-Brown making this cocktail? (9)
A word meaning a guy, what a busby is, and a shade of brown, all put together make a cocktail.
17a Seconds brought in Waller perhaps doesn’t eat (5)
Inside the first name of Mr Jazzman Waller goes the abbreviation for seconds.
18a Corporation accepting revised date after some delay (9)
One of the more obscure meanings of corporation has an anagram (revised) of DATE.
25a Social need at regular intervals to get sloshed (5)
Alternate letters (shown by at regular intervals) of SOCIAL NEED will lead you to the answers.
26a SPECTRE to supply such documents as Bond may see? (3,6)
Probably my favourite clue today; an anagram (supply) of SPECTRE TO gives an appropriate phrase.
28a Renowned as impotent? (7)
A word meaning renowned can be split into two parts which is an expression meaning impotent.
1d Thus PM defends his specious argument (7)
After a word meaning thus goes PM and inside (defends) goes HIS to give your solution.
3d Creature devouring rook and crustacean (5)
Inside a word that is an alternative definition of creature in the BRB goes the chess abbreviation for a rook.
4d Clobber river people invading small island (7)
This is quite complicated. The word for an item of clobber is found by taking the abbreviation for river, plus a word for a small island in the middle of one and a word for people inside that.
5d Adult with young man dressed at last in rubber? (7)
After the abbreviation for adult goes the name for a young man; add the last letter of dressed and IN and you’ll a person who was famed for rubbing.
6d The last word in unchanging time and space (9)
Inside a word meaning unchanging plus the abbreviation for time, goes the last word in the Bible or a prayer. This gives a bible word for a space.
14d Architect horrible about large country home (9)
The name for a famous architect plus something meaning horrible goes around the abbreviation for large, to give a city associated with a style of music.
18d Maybe second-rate celebrity in bubble? (7)
The most famous celebrities are known in some papers as this, so the second rate ones would be …..
24d Pulse in broth that needs stir (5)
An anagram (that needs stir) of BROTH is a word meaning to pulse.
Thanks to our mystery setter. Maybe they’ll pop in and say hello later. How did you do? Let us know.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Music today is by one of the most popular composers of recent times. Marmite to some. But this just lovely.
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The Quick Crossword pun: sow+pop+error=soap opera