Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29592 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington on a gloomy morning chilly morning. I gather we are in for some miserable weather over the weekend, so it’s probably a get out early and then stay home day (like most of the days at the moment!).
No news of vaccine on the horizon for me yet and an infected leg means I shall spend another day in the home office. It’s the first Saturday of the month, so it’s running the Quizzing GP all day for me and if I remember, I shall post a few questions from it later to tease you.
Today we have an enjoyable puzzle that needs a little thought for a few of the clues, but it fits nicely in the slot.
Remember the Saturday Club rules and play nicely. I have two special treats at the end of the hints. Enjoy and absorb one, split your sides at the other. As usual, if the answer is a direct anagram, I probably won’t hint it – look for a word or two that may indicate movement, directly e.g. broken, or less directly, like cunningly.
Last week I mentioned a Zoom gathering to ‘replace’ the annual bridge House gathering at the end of the month. I stupidly hadn’t fully checked my diary and realised I am due to direct a bridge tournament. We will hold it on the last Saturday in March, so you have plenty of time to prepare! Apologies!
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. Thank you to our setter for an enjoyable solve this morning!
Some hints follow.
1a Designs strong boxes to carry drug (7)
Inside a word for packages made of stronger materials goes the street abbreviation for a drug.
5a Clear around sides of lightweight screening structure (7)
A synonym for the word ‘clear’, think nylons, goes around the first and last (sides) of LIGHTWEIGHT to give a structure that ‘screens’ or protects you.
10a People used to pulling strings? (7)
A cryptic definition for people who pull strings as part of their hobby.
11a Authorisations of dad’s frolics? (9)
A short word for father’s is followed by a word for frolics.
17a Precedents of good person about to be admitted by Guys? (4,5)
A two word for precedents. The abbreviations for a good person and about (in the Latin form of the word) go inside Guys, which in this sense is a verb and you may need to look up!. A look in the BRB or Mrs Bradford (the nickname for the indispensable Bradford’s Crossword Dictionary) will reveal the word in the clue. Often people ask about the BRB or Mrs Bradford. This is my essential solving kit!
19a Overstrains joints? (5)
A cryptic definition. A mediaeval tortuous way to strain your joints.
23a Researcher, say, one going into trail of evidence, is right at last (9)
Inside a word for a trail of evidence goes the Roman numeral for one, followed by IS and the last letter of RIGHT.
26a Beasts harshly censure fashionable adult in review (7)
If you harshly censure someone, followed by the short word for fashionable and abbreviation of an adult. Reverse the lot, and you get your answer.
28a Roughly three billion yen — about that amount (7)
An anagram of three plus abbreviations for billion and yen gives a legalese phrase.
1d Devalue revolutionary article and writer (7)
The ‘first’ name of a famous revolutionary (or name by which he’s known) plus A and a word for something that writes.
3d Vagrant male caught by snare (5)
A word for a snare has the abbreviation for male inside.
7d End up in stitches here? (7)
A cryptic definition that has two interpretations; a clever clue. Somewhere where the final action could be you are stitched, or somewhere where often you have laughed yourself silly.
8d Once again arranges holiday locations (7)
Two definitions. If you arrange something again you could be said to do this, or the name for holiday destinations, invariably near the sea.
14d Cycling, climb a little hill in endless series of steps (9)
This uses a device more usually seen in the more advanced cryptics, like Toughies or barred puzzles (a clue to our setter, perhaps?). ‘Cycling’ in a clue doesn’t always mean modes of transport; it can refer to taking a word and moving the last letter to the first place or the first letter to the last. So here cycling climb could be (but isn’t) ASCEND becoming DASCEN or SCENDA would be ‘cycling back’. It’s something not often seen in a back-pager. Here you need a word for climb and ‘cycle’ it, then add A and a word for a (small) hill. That will give you your answer.
18d Having an untidy outline, steep initially, and full of rocks (7)
A word meaning tatty is found by taking the first letter (initially) of STEEP and then adding a word meaning full of rocks or the name of the island where Father Ted lived.
20d Around capital, cold and extremely tense atmosphere (7)
Around the name of a S American capital goes the abbreviation for cold, plus the first and last letters of tense.
21d To meet requirements, announce hedging possibly fits (7)
This was a trickly little blighter to work out. Around (hedging) an anagram of FITS goes a word meaning announce.
24d Racket made by single piercing hooter (5)
The numeral for one goes inside (piercing) a word for your hooter.
What did you think? Float your boat, or sank like a stone? Let us know.
The Crossword Club is now open.
For your music today, try this haunting reworking, most memorably used in the Handmaid’s Tale:
And finally, try this for local democracy. The meeting of the local council in Handforth near Wilmslow became rather chaotic. It’s gone viral! [,,,, and made Jackie Weaver an overnight superstar! BD]
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The Quick Crossword pun: diver+city=diversity