Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29664 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from a bright sunny Warrington, though by the time I finished the blog it’s turning rather grey in the distance.
A pleasant puzzle to match the day, most probably by Cephas, with the short concise clues and anagrams he is best known for, although no pangram lurking there.
Do let us know what you thought about it, but remember it is a prize puzzle and be careful about posting hints and obvious answers.
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 Nothing perceptible initially, standing in shadow (10)
a letter that represents nothing, goes the first letter of PERCEPTIBLE followed by something that means a standing. For the definition, think politics and titles.
10a Test returns in regular order (4)
A hidden reversal.
12a Steed struggling with back in fact can’t stand (6)
An anagram of STEED followed by the last letter of FACT.
13a Turning out to be appropriate (8)
15a Nice unmarried woman? (12)
You probably need to know that Nice is not meaning pleasant here, nor is it pronounced that way, in this cryptic all-in-one definition.
18a One’s inclined to use admin in building (12)
An anagram (building) of TO USE ADMIN IN.
21a Prepares tomatoes perhaps, and other items? (8)
Two definitions one cryptic, and one could refer to how they prepare them for use in the Whistle Stop Café?
25a Constable would have had one tidying up trash in pub (10)
An anagram of three of the words. Don’t think of policemen.
27a Polish were fine men, though not entirely (10).
1d Performing team not anticipating referee’s whistle? (6)
Two sporting definitions. One where the team is playing, the other in soccer where a goal can’t be disallowed.
3d Going around island, day works fine (12)
Around the abbreviation for island goes the short name for a day of the week and the name for somewhere to work.
5d Where television aerial is usually free (2,3,5)
An expression that means free is where you’d normally put an aerial in this double definition.
8d Mat originally straightened, dragged through the mud (8)
The first letter of MAT, plus a word meaning straightened.
11d Great message about drone is broadcast (12)
The 1940’s and 50’s equivalent of a text message goes around an anagram (broadcast) of DRONE IS.
14d Due to leave centre, release planned (10)
Due loses its middle and a word meaning to release.
16d Wonderful hitting tennis ball hard (8)
Double definition, a word meaning wonderful is also a term in tennis.
19d Unable to speak about fashionable time (6)
Around a word meaning fashionable or chic goes something meaning unable to speak.
23d Testament maintained by perfect opponent (4)
A section of the Bible goes inside an abbreviation for perfect.
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Music today is something short and sweet but very beautiful.
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The Quick Crossword pun: silly+cone+ship=silicone chip