Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29688 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from a cloudy and slightly overcast Warrington. Just the start to a Bank Holiday weekend.
Another very cosy solve in the tradition of recent Saturday puzzles with nothing terribly challenging but some nice fun clues that make you smile while solving. For those who are fond of wordsums, where A + B = C, there are a number of those on display today.
It would appear that today’s teaser is the work of a certain lady of this parish. A little bird also tells me that it is her birthday today, so everyone at the blog sends very happy wishes to Chalicea on this auspicious day.
Let us know what you thought, but remember the normal blog rules, otherwise no birthday cake for you and the Naughty Step has been freshly coated with Cardinal.
Thanks again to the lovely Chalicea and here’s to many more.
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:
1 More appealing modelled attires (7)
We start with an anagram (MODELLED) of ATTIRES
5 Drop police force by choice (7)
Something that means choice (as in a top job) is alongside the abbreviated name for a police force. When checking the first word in the Big Red Book, it was interesting to discover that it also referred to a sum of money, £100,000.
11 Echo of past of showy defence player (9)
How you might describe a showy member of a soccer defence.
15 Standard of behaviour head teacher announced (9)
The name for a code of behaviour sounds like the name of a head teacher, more often found in the USA, but like other words, creeping into this country..
17 Promise oddly glum American organised support (9)
A wordsum. The odd letters of glum + abbreviation for American + organised + a (sporting) support = Something meaning a promise.
22 Gala perhaps that’s big in New York? (5)
Something that Gala is, can also accompany the word big in the name of the city.
26 Swedish group half-heartedly perform songs; it’s mortifying! (7)
The name of a Swedish pop group (not Roxette!) minus half of its heart, plus something meaning to perform songs will give you a word that refers to mortifying.
28 Thing to put in order this evening (7)
An anagram of THING TO.
1 Pig out, finding this food (7)
A cryptic way of describing a food that the creature is used to hunt for.
2. Locate model worried about uniform (7)
A word meaning model and something meaning worried or niggled goes around the letter represented by uniform in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
7 Coward takes advantage of work (7)
Something meaning takes advantage of, plus a word for work.
8 Track round leading lady’s houses? (7)
A word meaning track goes around the abbreviation for our country’s leading lady.
16 Fashionable English stage worker lacking in refinement (9)
Another wordsum. Something meaning fashionable + abbreviation for English + a stage of a sporting event + a creature of which worker is a kind = lacking in refinement.
18 Think well of a very quiet ramble (7)
A, plus the musical abbreviation for very quiet and something that means to ramble.
21 Joy of ultimately untrained boat crew maintaining lead at first (7)
After the last letter of untrained goes the name of a boat crew which has inside (maintaining) the first letter of lead.
24 Exercise time, then shower? (5)
The abbreviation for time, followed by something meaning shower.
How did you find it? Did it float your boat, or were you all at sea? Let us know.
Thanks to the birthday girl for a very pleasant challenge. I’ll see you all next week.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today’s music is by the son of a famous British composer whose music shaped much of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s – along with his partner Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway composed many hit records. Now Gavin Greenaway carries on the tradition, and this is rather fine.
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The Quick Crossword pun: hog+man+neigh=hogmanay