Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29616 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from an overcast Warrington where even the birds on the table outside my window look rather gloomy today.
To brighten things up, here’s a Prize Puzzle that will give the mental muscles a good workout today. I think there a couple of clues that give the game away as to our setter, who I’m guessing is our lady in town, who’s a most welcome addition to the Saturday setting gang. 9 across is the main example as it’s a device not often seen round these parts, but it is quite accessible if you read the clue properly. It’s sometimes seen in Toughie puzzles and other types of puzzles that our setter specialises in. Having just completed three other puzzles by her, I was probably in tune with the clue.
The grid is one of those that I could live without as there’s only one way into each of the four corners and this held me up a little. As seems de rigeur at the moment, the NW corner was the hardest part of the puzzle for me, but that didn’t spoil the enjoyment of this lovely challenge.
Remember what we do on a Saturday and don’t go giving answers to clues not featured. The naughty step has been given a bit of a treatment with Cardinal this week, so if you get to sit on it, you’ll end up with a red bum. And of course, no cake for you.
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 Two tunnels under a bridge? (8)
We start with a cryptic definition. Where will you find two tunnels under a bridge? Look in the mirror!
9a Fuel broken-down Chelsea tractor disgruntled setter leaves (8)
These types of clues, known in the trade as composite anagrams, are not very often seen in these sorts of puzzles as they have specific rules,
Basically, it works out like this:
The answer = an anagram of a word or phrase minus a word (or an anagram of the word).
So, take today’s clue and remove SETTER from CHELSEA TRACTOR. There has to be an anagram indicator with setter as the letters are not in order. Them’s the rules!
10a Hip and excellent independent island state (6)
A word meaning hip, in the botanical sense, plus the standard crossword phrase for excellent and the abbreviation for independent.
13a College sent back reserve computer (8)
Reverse the name of a famous college and add a word meaning to reserve.
21a Spotted and quoted on the radio (7)
Something meaning spotted is a homophone for a word meaning quoted.
25a South American ways of handling cases packed with meat? (8)
The abbreviation for S American plus a word meaning the ways of dealing with things.
29a Hard to work reaped field the French cut or glean finally (8)
The name for a field after all the crops have been gathered, minus the definite article in French, plus OR and the last letter of glean.
31a Find stern tests all exposed curiosity (8)
Remove the first and last letters (exposed) of three of the words.
1d Upset innovator at centre introduces delicious drink (6)
A hidden reversed answer.
3d Rally finished in sports ground yard (8)
An abbreviated name for a sports field (where you used to play as a kid?) and an abbreviation for yard. Inside goes a word meaning finished.
7d A child wrapped in fur in the winter, perhaps (8)
A, plus the name for a child inside a type of fur.
14d Policeman in command enters proposal (7)
The abbreviation for in command goes inside something meaning a proposal to give the name for one of these. It’s back for a new series soon….
18d Attempt to follow Asian river is hard work (8)
The name of a famous Asian river (starts in Kashmir and flows through Pakinstan) plus a word meaning attempt.
22d Taproom about noon providing no sustenance (6)
The name for a taproom, plus something meaning about and the abbreviation for noon.
24d Swimmer turned up after exercise for bit of food (6)
The name for a type of fish (often canned) reversed goes after the abbreviation for exercise.
27d Amaze star — about time! (4)
The name for a famous star goes around an abbreviation for time.
Thanks to our setter for today’s enjoyable challenge.
Did it float your boat, or sink like a stone? Let us know your thoughts.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Music today is something calming from the recent Disney Pixar film, Soul. Enjoy!
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The Quick Crossword pun: veer+cult+axe=vehicle tax