Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29676 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from a gloomy and moist Warrington!
An enjoyable puzzle, a little more challenging than the past few weeks. After solving the first two clues in the bottom right corner, it had me on the hunt for a pangram, and sure enough it was visible. This does have all the hallmarks of our traditional Saturday setter, Cephas. A few clues to make me smile and all in all, a nice way to pass time on a Saturday morning.
Let us know what you think. As usual, remember this is a prize puzzle so do not post answers on here. The naughty step is quite soggy today and you’ll end up with a wet bum!
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 Inappropriate of problem daughter to purchase magazine (3-5)
A phrase meaning inappropriate is revealed taking something meaning problem or troublesome, and an abbreviation for daughter with the name of a famous American magazine inside.
9a Blonde careless entering marsh (6)
Inside a word for a marsh (think E Anglia) and insert a word meaning careless.
11a Where foxes go to be practical (4-2-5)
A phrase meaning to be practical or basic, is the name for where a fox may go to be with his family.
14a Moon starer, possibly (10)
An old chestnut anagram that defines itself.
16a Enthusiasm shown by last letter oddly missing from bedsit (4)
The last letter of the alphabet, plus the word bedsit minus the odd letters.
17a Disorder, Georgia’s audible deception went away (7,3)
An illness is found by taking the possessive abbreviation for the state, and adding something that sounds like a deception or con took flight.
19a Device showing if someone’s been at the gin? (6,5)
I did wonder if there were two answers to this as there is an American device for measuring alcohol levels that could conceivably fit in. However, it’s not referred to in any of the major dictionaries. You’re looking for a device that could be cryptically used to described how you would visibly know if someone had been at the gin.
23a Fine-tune commercial exactly (6)
A short word for a commercial and something that means exactly or fair.
25a Back twisted once more? (8)
A way of saying twisted again can also mean something has come back.
2d Flower girl from the valley? (4)
The name for a flower that’s also a girl’s name and with the addition of the phrase can also be another flower.
4d Scotsman before long getting wind (7)
The way a Scottish person could say ‘man’, plus something meaning before long.
5d Surprisingly I’m seen deserving to be an angel (6,9)
An anagram (surprisingly) of I’M SEEN DESERVING gives a word for an angel.
6d Reported soldier’s bitterness (7)
A slang name for a basic non-commissioned soldier sounds like a word for bitterness.
8d Set off twice knowing it’s a spreader of disease (6,3)
Two anagrams of set, plus a (US) word meaning knowing or savvy.
12d Healer’s potatoes cooked and hot (9)
I liked this clue. An anagram of POTATOES plus the abbreviation for hot.
13d Otherwise working on said holy agency of public speaking (10)
A word for an alternative, plus a short way of saying working on, plus the homophone for a holy place (think Delphi!)
17d Pull up gentleman, accepting European is more courageous (7)
Something meaning to pull is reversed. Add to this a word for a gentleman with the abbreviation for European inside.
20d Open some beer (4)
A slang expression for a beer, as in ‘going for _ ___’ is something that means open.
21d Man perhaps erected Helsinki houses (4)
What Man is, can be found hidden backwards inside Helsinki.
Big thanks to our setter for an enjoyable challenge. Do let us know your thoughts. I’ll see you next week from somewhere different.
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The Quick Crossword pun: wreck+ignition=recognition