Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29628 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours. Tilsit has another commitment today, happily not involving hospitals, so I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
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 – well, it might be the ‘Floughie Lady’ but I could easily be wrong.
Candidates for favourite – 5a, 10a, 16a, 27a, 7d and 24d.
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 Introduces fast way to travel round about (7)
A (2,4) term for a fast way to travel containing (round) the single letter used for about.
5a Less like lamb from this supplier? (7)
A sort of double definition(?) – while thinking of (a) lamb when it is being applied to a person find an antonym and make it comparative.
10a Hold-up man in downbeat LA suburb (5)
A lurker (in) found in the conclusion of the clue.
12a Wildlife rights protecting old English river (3,4)
Two of the single letter for right containing (protecting) all of the single letters for old and English and the equal thirty-second longest river in the UK.
17a Fighter back on horse yet losing every second? (5)
Reverse (back) ON HORSE YET from the clue then delete every second letter.
21a Character seen with drink: John Lennon for one! (7)
A three letter synonym, stretched as far as I am concerned, of character and a type of (fortified wine) drink – which used to be called Speke, not the drink, the answer.
22a Driver awaiting chance to pass? (7)
A driver with a Provisional Driving Licence – are they still called that?
27a Defiant expression from drunk in this place (2,5)
A three letter synonym for (a) drunk and a single word for in this place.
28a Weird people having time for miscellaneous article (7)
Two three letter synonyms – the first for weird and the second for people followed by (having) the single letter for time.
1d Sloth and one near it disturbed (7)
The Roman numeral for one and an anagram (disturbed) of NEAR IT.
3d Italian lake draws in British musicians (5)
A four letter lake in Italy contains (draws in) the single letter for British.
5d Liberal dons tolerate American state (7)
The single letter for Liberal, when applied to a politician, contained by (dons) a synonym of tolerate followed by the two letter abbreviated form of a term for American.
7d Torment tedious type outside electronic plant (9)
A four letter term for torment and a single word for a tedious type (of person) containing (outside) the single letter for electronic – for a plant some might know as The Christmas Rose.
14d Check others taking exercise inside (9)
A synonym of others containing (taking . . . inside) a synonym of exercise.
17d Lots following letter dictated: those in hot water? (3,4)
An informal(?) synonym of lots – as in, for example, ‘**** of money’ – placed after (following) a three letter term which is a homophone (dictated) of a single letter.
18d Medical speciality doubled European understanding (7)
A three letter abbreviation of a medical speciality, or hospital department, repeated (doubled) and the single letter for European.
20d Flow alternatively seen in Midlands river (7)
A two letter synonym of alternatively inserted into (seen in) a river in the Midlands which is the third longest in the UK.
24d Trap quickly springs up — end of mouse! (5)
A synonym of quickly reversed (springs up) and the last letter (end of) mousE.
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The Quick Crossword pun: MAY + DIN + CHINA = MADE IN CHINA