Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29658 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning all from a beautiful morning in Warrington.
Another brief one today, I’m afraid, as I am working in the home office, as opposed to the Home Office.
Today’s puzzle has all the hallmarks of a Cephas challenge. [Although Cephas has now commented that the crossword isn’t one of his! Time to play guess the setter] Concise clues and dashes of wit are all there. It shouldn’t take too long to complete, but there one or two sneaky tricks in there, so you’ll be able to go out and enjoy the nice weather.
As usual, play nicely.
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 Help a relative into position (10)
Inside A and a word for a position or view goes the abbreviated name for a relative.
6a Plug vessels the wrong way (4)
Reversing the name of some household vessels will give you something meaning to plug, in the sense of filling a gap.
9a Animal cold in Shanghai, say? (10)
The name of a small animal is shown by taking a word for cold and putting inside where the city is located.
13a Drone accompanying bell perhaps, amazing thing (9)
A word for a drone, plus what a bell may be cryptically described as being, gives something amazing.
15a Abducted by alien in ET, I estimate for ten years (8)
A cryptic way of asking you to find a hidden answer.
23a Difficult to get credit, one broke (9)
Although I normally don’t post hints to full anagrams, the word you’re looking for is not particularly common. You are looking for something that means difficult to get, as in hard to understand, or abstruse.
27a Racecourse built somewhere in Paris (5,5)
A famous Parisian location, and the French name for it is needed, and it’s an anagram of racecourse.
29a A benefit, after shave possibly for young person (10)
A, plus a word for a state benefit then all may become clear if you weld together words 3 & 4 to give you the second half word that as a whole creates the definition.
1d Rainbow possibly mysterious (4)
Two definitions, the shape of a rainbow and describing someone or something mysterious.
2d Bird touching cheese (7)
The name of a bird (the legs are a clue) plus something meaning touching from above.
3d Best one puts on more weight? (6-2-4)
A phrase meaning the best is found cryptically by adding another heavy weight before the word ONE. Probably my clue of the day.
8d Boring thing might exercise (5,5)
A word meaning might, plus a type of exercise particularly in the military, put together make something whose job may be said to be boring.
11d Orchestral instrument remains — blow it! (12)
An expression you could use instead of ‘blow it!’ comprises the name of a musical instrument and something meaning remains.
14d Plant photograph on domineering person (10)
Any excuse to trot out a photo of one of my favourite actresses in her archetypal role. A word for a photo plus the role usually played by her gives the name of a plant.
19d Mark wrong in lecture (4,3)
A word for a mark, plus something meaning wrong gives a word for a lecture, possibly from the lady above!
25d In short, beginning to reduce horse’s pace (4)
A small quantity of alcoholic drink (short) into which is inserted the beginning to Reduce
Thanks to the setter for the challenge. Do let us know what you think.
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