Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29604 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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No, you have not slept for over 24 hours. In the wee small hours (UK time) of this morning, Tilsit was taken to hospital with ‘leg problems’ and so, after responding to an emergency e-mail, I am substituting for him, and best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
So, a very good Saturday morning from Winnipeg. Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing but the important parts are here and I am not even going to hazard a guess at who the setter might be.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 20a, 3d, 17d, and 19d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
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 City, foremost in commerce, one holding record (7)
The first (foremost) letter of Commerce, and ONE from the clue containing (holding) a three letter record (of events?).
5a Shaker to accompany piano? Nonsense (7)
A shaker (used by a baby) is to follow (accompany) the single letter for piano giving a noun associated with a verb we have seen a couple of times recently – yes, I know that the answer can also be a verb but the definition is a noun.
11a Discussed more peaceful destiny (5)
A homophone (discussed) of a single word for more peaceful.
12a Irish curse adopted by the poor (5-4)
The two letters often used for Irish and a (mild) four letter expletive (curse) used to express vexation (so says the BRB) all inserted into (adopted by) THE from the clue.
16a Seconds served with fish and flower head (5)
The single letter for seconds (of time) and (served with) a large (freshwater) fish.
17a Police finally leave small wood (5)
The slang term for Police and the last letter (finally) of leave.
20a Race around 500 trees without thinking (9)
A type of race (that is a preliminary to the final races of an event) containing (around) all of the Roman numeral for 500 and the plural of a type of conifer (trees).
26a Girl almost taken in by trivial prediction (9)
The honorific title given to a girl with the last letter removed (almost) inserted into (taken in by) a synonym of trivial.
28a Lancashire town immediately north? (7)
A five letter term, more usually preceded by a three letter word, for immediately and the single letter for North.
1d Insect in game with long hops? (7)
A double definition(?) – the first is illustrated.
3d Shock where vehicle is caught in strong wind (9)
A type of (delivery) vehicle and IS from the clue all contained by (in) a strong wind (Force 8 on the Beaufort Scale).
5d Slip in some London lane? (9)
A thoroughfare in London, formally known as Middlesex Street, with an informal name based on its famous market.
7d Conductor contains oscillating current (9)
An anagram (oscillating) of CONTAINS and the single letter symbol for (electrical) current.
8d Great old plane maybe carrying millions (7)
The two letters frequently used to indicate old (or former) and what plane can be a type of (in nature) containing the single letter for milliions.
14d What falls easily to one as northerner? (9)
There is an expression that something may fall into one’s ***, combine that three letter word with a six letter word that might be something ‘falling’ to Earth or onto another celestial body.
16d Patience tried endlessly as oil wasted (9)
An anagram (wasted) of TRIE
d with the last letter removed (endlessly) and AS OIL.
19d Nobleman over there with but little time elapsed (5,2)
The nobleman that is the third ‘rank’ in the UK Peerage and the three letter poetic term for over there – either with or but, probably but, in the clue seems to be surplus to requirements.
24d Criticise characters on the rise in state government (3,2)
We finish with a reverse lurker (characters on the rise) found in the last two words of the clue.
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
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The Quick Crossword pun: LEAVER + SALOON = LEAVE US ALONE