Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29622 (Hints)
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Greetings from a very soggy and blustery Warrington.
Today’s puzzle is fairly accessible and with its pangram and abundance of short cluing looks like the work of young Cephas. Nothing terribly taxing in here, and all in all, a pleasant if somewhat brief solve.
Play nicely today. If you get sent to the naughty step, the umbrella’s blown inside out so you are likely to get drenched.
Thanks to Cephas (assuming it is he) for today’s challenge. I’ll see you again next week.
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 Patient fellow’s account, list of duties, tasks etc (3,11)
The name of someone from the Bible known for their patience, plus a word for an account.
12a Unemployed Ian didn’t like exertion initially (4)
The first letters of four of the words in the clue.
13a Dignified sculpture with girl embracing queen (10)
The name for a sculpture, plus the name of our very own Lemon Drizzle queen, going around an abbreviation for HM.
16a Young animal going round Corsica perhaps in collision (4-2)
One of the trickier clues, which I guess many will write in without working it out. The name for a young animal goes around how an inhabitant of Corsica would describe where they live.
18a Mythical female sailor went first (6)
Take the abbreviation for female, add one for a sailor and a word meaning went first et voilà!
20a Round letter (8)
Two definitions, and when put together, almost a third!
24a Pitcher that, in pieces, is removed from the water (4)
If you remove that, literally, from the phrase ‘the water’, you get…..?
28a Lets off Anne and Leo struggling to come out well from a difficulty (4,2,4,4)
An anagram (struggling) of LETS OFF ANNE, plus LEO gives a phrase that means to come up smelling of roses.
2d Half bite very rotten veal and oyster? (7)
50% of the word BITE, plus an abbreviation for very, and an anagram (rotten) of VEAL.
4d Messenger entertains tense attendant (8)
The name for a (royal) attendant is found by taking that of a messenger and putting it around the abbreviation for tense.
6d Suit(e)? (5-5)
Probably the cleverest clue here today; a phrase that could describe both the word with, or without, the ‘e’.
8d Hastily prepared without brief (11)
Probably the toughest clue today; a Latin word meaning without, and something meaning brief or short-lasting.
14d Revolutionary device that will not work when it is dry (5,5)
A cryptic way of describing something that goes around and might not work without liquid…
19d Some contraband, an antiquarian handkerchief (7)
A hidden answer and an alternative way of spelling it.
21d Owl flying over hill that’s not very tall (3-4)
An anagram of OWL (flying) plus a word that means a hill. If you are stuck on the word, think of a very famous one in fiction at Candleford.
25d Responsibility lying with you and me? (4)
If you split up this word it gives a two-word phrase meaning between us.
Let us know what you think. Were you Spellbound, in more of a Frenzy, or did it leave you with Vertigo? Let us know. I’m more of a North by Northwest Man when it comes to favourite Hitchcock films, though.
See you next weekend!
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Today’s tune comes courtesy of the amazingly talented Claire Jones, who provides a new spin on an old favourite….
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The Quick Crossword pun: edge+Ware+Rhode=Edgware Road