Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29610 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello all! Nice to be back and a big thank to Senf for covering last weekend for me.
I was released back into the community yesterday with orders to take things easy for a while, and this is what I plan to do. I’m a bit wobbly on my feet so I’m not planning to go anywhere other than around my sheltered accommodation block to get some circulation in my leg.
I was rather starved of the daily puzzles this week although as usual I did manage to sneak some old ones in my case while I was packing to go to hospital, along with Mrs Bradford’s book. I thought it too much to take the BRB in with me!
Anyway, to today’s challenge, and this was rather enjoyable, although 1 across held me up longer than it should have done, as did 1 down.
Do let us know what you think, and as usual, play nicely. Although the weather is rather lovely, there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, and the naughty step may give your bum a nasty shock. And there’s no cake today.
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 Rush head teacher limiting right for extended time off (6,5)
A word meaning to rush headlong into something takes an old name for a teacher with R (right) inside. This will give you a phrase that means an extended spell of leave from work.
7a Reportedly charge criminal gang finding dried-up food (7)
A homophone meaning to charge and the name of a foreign criminal gang.
11a What might be appropriate in the air? (6)
Probably my favourite clue today. Think of a salubrious meaning of the word appropriate and imagine it going on in the sky
13a Powerful type caught going after banker (4)
A shortened word for a person of power is revealed by taking a three latter name for a river in Devon plus the abbreviation for Caught.
14a Feature cool American animal (10)
The name for a feature of the body, a word meaning to cool something and an abbreviation for American.
24a Top political strategist (7)
Two words that may describe a child’s toy and the devious aides at the top in politics.
25a Suggestion about Queen’s houses (7)
A word for a suggestion, in terms of quantity, goes around the abbreviation for Her Maj.
26a Somehow trace online prejudice (11)
An anagram (somehow) of TRACE ONLINE.
1d Arrange 70 per cent of security (7)
Haven’t seen one of these clues for a while. Something that means arrange is the first 7 letters of ten-letter word for a financial security.
3d Mad dog’s companion in The Sun? (10)
I rather liked this clue. In a famous song, who has a passion for a spell outdoors at lunchtime? (Big hint at end of blog)
5d View certainly restricted by rowers (8)
The response that indicates certainty goes inside the name for a team of rowers.
6d Clever-clogs opener for Kent short of boundary? (4-3)
Nothing to do with cricket. The first letter of Kent goes alongside a cryptic two word way of saying there isn’t any boundary (to land).
9d Risk action when playing Monopoly? (4,1,6)
Something you can do three times each lap of a Monopoly board, unless you have to go back to Old Kent Road. Fascinating fact: Old Kent Road is the only property on a Monopoly board south of the Thames!
15d Trainee occasionally rents place to surf (8)
The name for a trainee (in an American hospital) plus the even letters of RENTS gives you somewhere to surf without a board.
17d Drink hot Italian stuff on the way up (7)
A word for hot or trendy, the abbreviation for Italian and a word meaning to stuff.
20d TT race rehearsal (3,3)
If you are TT you may be said to be this, and a word for a race/
23d River over in Belarus (4)
A hidden answer reversed.
Thanks to our setter for a jolly romp. Let us know what you think.
The Crossword Club is now open.
If you are still flummoxed by 3 down, this might give you a big nudge.
To finish we have something for a nice day:
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The Quick Crossword pun: raise+herb+laid=razor blade