Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29652 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from Warrington and today we have a special crossword, reflecting the day, and by our esteemed Editor. Two main clues, first and last across are appropriate for the day.
Usual Rules apply. The Naughty Step has been especially buffed up for the day.
Thanks to Chris L for today’s puzzle.
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 Royal figure with bond he’d built across UK? (4,2,9)
The name for a famous royal is an anagram (built) of FIGURE, BOND HE’D around UK. A nice tribute.
9a Trim sailor, somewhere high (7)
The abbreviation for a sailor, plus a geographical word meaning a high place.
10a Danger signals exposed Malay spirits (7)
An old word for danger signals is found by taking the word MALAY and remove top and tail (exposed) plus some (alcoholic) spirits.
16a International team’s second to wear unusual silver uniforms (8)
Around the abbreviation for international and the second letter of TEAM’S has an anagram of SILVER around it.
18a Records go in artistic production (8)
A word meaning records using a machine and something meaning go as in attempt.
21a Parking licence is commonplace (9)
The abbreviation for parking, plus something meaning licence to do something. This gives a word which is described in the BRB as ‘a dull commonplace’.
27a Folding business? (7)
A cryptic way of describing an art form where folding is essential.
28a Sign of hesitation entering museum gallery (7)
Inside the abbreviation for a famous museum goes a word used to signify hesitation.
29a Finally resting, sleeps with grace, tho’ moving service here? (2,7,6)
The location of today’s event. The last letter of resting, along with SLEEPS, GRACE AND THO’. All are combined (moving) to give the answer.
1d Terribly idle lad rang (7)
An anagram of IDLE LAD gives something meaning rang.
3d Instructions to take on 51 English hospital workers (9)
Inside a word for instructions goes the Roman numeral for 51 and E.
4d Get rid of ultimately vile joke for the audience (5)
An unusual word meaning to get rid of is the last letter of VILE plus a homophone for a joke.
6d Offer to purchase artist’s twisted material (5)
Inside a word meaning an offer to purchase goes the abbreviation for an artist.
8d Problems of husband left surrounded by fools (7)
The abbreviation for husband plus a word for fools around the symbol for left.
15d Attractive part of bowler’s job (9)
Something that means attractive is something that a bowler does looking for a dismissal.
17d Delicately built type destroyed room etc over pub (9)
An anagram of ROOM ETC is followed by the abbreviation on maps for pubs.
20d Complete position of ‘w’ in ‘wall’? (7)
If you write the word WALL going downwards, where is the ‘w’?
23d American ruler loses kilo exercising (5)
After the abbreviation for American goes the name for a royal, minus the NATO letter described as Kilo.
26d Admit adult leaving Greece (3,2)
Another word for an adult loses an abbreviation for Greece.
Have a peaceful and reflective day.
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