Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29640 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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A very brief blog today as I am in work.
A lovely puzzle, which is most likely by our new Madame on the Block. Some witty clues, and just about the right level of challenge to make you think.
Please follow the normal guidelines and hint but don’t direct answer.
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 Close entertaining lawsuit wrapped up (7)
A word meaning to close goes around a word for a lawsuit.
5a Commanded European to wear gold, diamonds and crimson? (7)
Around the abbreviation goes a French or heraldic word for gold, the abbreviation for diamonds in card games, and another word for crimson.
10a Outlaw eating commanding officer’s food (5)
A word meaning to outlaw, has the abbreviation for the military man inside.
12a Garden with lights on head? (9)
The name for a garden (and a type of gardening business!) is found by taking a word meaning lights (as in touch down) plus the name for a geographical head.
13a Company with million quid making chemicals (9)
The abbreviation for company plus how million quid could be alternatively written using an abbreviation for the number.
18a What superhero might have on the outside? (9)
Love this clue. Attire-wise what Superman and Batman could be known for…
20a Puts on coat perhaps and disappears crossing river (9)
Some of you will be up to this over the weekend no doubt. A word meaning disappears ‘crosses’ or goes around the abbreviation for river.
26a Refurbished library accepts computers etc with bad temper (9)
An anagram of (refurbished) LIBRARY plus an abbreviation for PC’s and computer stuff in general inside.
1d Feature of laciest pants? (7)
Here pants is your anagram indicator – so an anagram of LACIEST gives another feature of such attire.
2d Expenses of Greek island trips on vacation (5)
The three-letter name of a Greek island, plus the first and last letters of TRIPS ( i.e. the inside vacated).
3d Lacking wings, asked all vets for any small bones (9)
This is the reverse of the last clue. This time, remove the first and last letters of five words in the clue and add S for small.
7d Shape reportedly ruined view (9)
If you ruined a point of view, you have W______ A_____ (7,5) – this a homophone of that.
14d Worried actor taken in by fashion for fleet of cars (9)
An anagram (worried) of ACTOR goes inside a word for something done by fashion.
15d Mischievously and proudly dropping husband after first bit of nookie (9)
A word meaning proudly loses its first letter and is replaced by the first one of NOOKIE.
17d Cleric with kinship to regularly call again (7)
An abbreviation for a cleric plus alternate letters from KINSHIP TO.
22d Shoot southern puritan (5)
The abbreviation for Southern plus an old-time word for a pompous oaf just like….
24d Blade, black, changing hands (5)
The heraldic word for black needs to ‘swap hands’, i.e., swap left for right.
Thanks to Chalicea for a lovely pleasant puzzle and see you next week.
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The Quick Crossword pun: hare+ray+sing=hair-raising