Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29598 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a sunny but bitterly cold Warrington.
An interesting puzzle, which has the feel of being by our original Saturday setter. The usual pangram is on display and fairly short concise clues provide a reasonably accessible challenge with one or two of the entries with a potential to hold you up for a while.
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 Discharge from the army? (7)
A cryptic definition for what the army may discharge in the course of its duties.
9a Ancient city zoo compound in east-north-east continental area (8)
A business term for a financial area across the channel. Take the name for an ancient city of Mesopotamia (the one it usually is when you are asked for an old city!) plus an anagram (compound) of ZOO and place it inside the compass direction.
13a Poor maid helping will get approval (10)
An anagram (poor) of MAID plus a word for a helping.
15a Bird leaves lake (4)
Some leaves that you drink plus the abbreviation for lake.
16a Naturally it covers every one of us (9)
A medical name for what is on the outside of every person on this planet.
21a Net gain? (4)
A cryptic definition for what someone who may use a net in their job obtains.
22a Order at all times to seize for military use (10)
A word for an order, plus a poetic word meaning ‘at all times’.
27a Frightful villa by small houses (7)
A hidden word, indicated by houses.
29a Desmond Little’s fate (7)
A short name for Desmond, plus a word for small.
2d In run, be a tenth on a winning streak? (8)
4d Delight following priest’s manifestation of divine will (10)
After a short name for a (C of E) priest goes a word for delight.
5d Second student leaving port has a dance (4)
Take the name of a UK seaport, remove the second occurrence of the abbreviation for a student. Add an A to what’s left and you have a dance!
6d Joseph’s with Hugh reportedly taking a book (6)
The abbreviation for Joseph’s (think Boris’ brother) plus a homophone for Hugh and add A.
8d Estate needs me to move (7)
A word for an estate (you may need our friends Mrs Bradford or the BRB) is an anagram of NEEDS ME.
18d As a vehicle for verse (8)
A type of verse that has only four lines. A Latin word that means ‘as’, often in legal documents goes before the name for a vehicle.
19d Race son going to van (7)
The abbreviation for son, plus the name for a type of van.
20d Show affection in a roundabout way? (7)
26d Money? There’s some in nanotechnology (4)
A hidden answer.
Thanks to our setter for today’s challenge. Let us know what you thought. Remember to play nicely, or the naughty step beckons.
See you next week.
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Your music today is something whimsical from the band, duo. Enjoy!
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The Quick Crossword pun: bray+cough=break off