Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29634 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a bright and breezy Warrington. Firstly, a big thanks to Senf for covering last Saturday when I was unavoidably detained in work on the Census. It’s quietened down after last week’s non-stop barrage of phone calls.
Today we have a pleasant puzzle that could quite easily have been written by any of our regulars. No pangram, so that may rule one out. However, it was a nice challenge that took a little bit of thinking over the toast and coffee this morning. My best advice is to read some definitions and indicators in a different way, not everything is straightforward.
Thanks to our setter for today’s teaser and please remember the rules of how we operate. The naughty step has been spring cleaned with a fresh dollop of Cardinal on the edge. Don’t be the first to get it on your posterior!
One other final thing. I had planned to try and organise a Zoom gathering for today, but my hospital stay and return to work put paid to my plans. I will work on something for the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Keep an eye out for details.
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 Solving aid that’s peaked? (8-3)
We start with a cryptic definition. Something that you could put on to help you get through this that may have a peak. You see these on Bargain Hunt occasionally have a peak.
8a Charge retiring US soldier occupying Scottish island (7)
The abbreviation for an American soldier is reversed (retiring) and goes inside (occupying) the name of a Scottish isle,
10a Current description of water-skier, perhaps (8)
A word for a sea or river current could be a way to describe someone who’s water-skiing.
14a See eel fighting with chub — it could be Danish (4,6)
An anagram of SEE EEL and CHUB will give you something that Danish is an example of and I dislike intensely for tasting like soap.
16a Scruffy child, kid with a cake (10)
A word meaning to kid or con, plus A and a type of (bread) cake.
21a United improved, Solskjaer finally sacked (6)
A word meaning to have improved after a series of setbacks loses R (last letter of Solskjaer)
24a Controversial reason for action online? (7)
If you send mail online, it’s email, if you have a reason for doing something online, it could be this…
26a Press cast to drink beer, facing issue in rep (11)
An anagram (cast) of PRESS has a type of beer inside and then added a word for a human issue.
1d Rubbish tango: move like a duck! (7)
The letter associated with Tango in a certain alphabet, plus how a duck moves.
3d Blows to bring one round? (4,2,4)
A cryptic description of a method to bringing someone round
5d Coast road’s my special place (8)
A word meaning ‘My!’, plus the word for a special place gives a name for a coastal road where you could drive this vehicle.
6d Triple rum, hot inside, could be aphrodisiac (7)
An anagram (rum) of triple with H inside.
7d Chip glass that’s found on bed (11)
A type of chip used in gaming, plus a sheet of glass.
9d HQ never moving money about (5,6)
An anagram of NEVER, plus a piece of money and a short word meaning about.
15d Jeopardise hosting leader in Ark Royal (8)
A word meaning to jeopardise or endanger has the first letter (leader) of Ark to give a word meaning royal
19d Stay away from a black spot (7)
A plus the abbreviation for black and a spot or mark.
23d Exercise outside to compress muscles (4)
The abbreviation for exercise, plus the first and last letters of compress.
That’s your lot for today, thanks to our mysterious setter and see you next week.
Crossword Club is now open.
Music today comes from a piece of music I really can’t stand and turn the radio off whenever it comes on, but add a choir and it becomes strangely listenable. Some people adore it and describe it as the best piece of classical music ever, but for me…. Tell me your thoughts!
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The Quick Crossword pun: aisle+Beeb+Bach=I’ll be back