Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29694 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington, where there’s not a cloud in the sky and the birds are fighting over the birdbath in the garden in my view. It’s the last weekend for me in my teeny tiny flat as I am moving back to the other side of town next week and reuniting with Dexter the Cat and Lexie the Dog, notwithstanding nervous breakdowns.
We have a very nice, pleasant puzzle today and our setter could be any one of our regular foursome, though I guess it may be from someone in a high place. Nothing terribly taxing, but a couple to make you just pause for a moment, scratch your head and consider your options.
Do let us know what you think of the puzzle. Setters love feedback as long as it is constructive.
Thanks to our mysterious maker-upper and hopefully, I’ll see you next weekend among the cardboard boxes and four-legged friends.
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 round to summit, as it were (2,2,5)
A word (or abbreviation!) for a signal goes around TO and then add the word for a summit, to give an expression that means as it were.
6a Copper pen in 3-D (5)
The chemical symbol for copper, plus a propriety brand of ballpoint pen, the brand founded by and associated with the inventor, a chap named Lazlo. Still one of my favourite types of ballpoint, but they do leak if left in a pocket.
9a Originally, lama is blessed with a place in Tibet (5)
The first letter of lama, a word meaning blessed with and A gives somewhere where you’d find a great many lamas!
16a Nick entertained by a short musical circus performer (7)
A word meaning nick is surrounded by A and the name of a stage musical, minus its last letter. If you are stuck on the musical, you need a good Memory!
18a Soldier on, bad time to retreat (7)
The name for a soldier is found by taking a two-letter word meaning on or about, something meaning bad and T(ime), all reversed (to retreat)
20a Strike yobbo gripping wood (4,3)
A word for a yobbo does around the name of a tree.
22a Couple stretched when working in theatre? (6,6)
In one of my mails this week I saw that this type of clue had been named a ‘fanciful definition’ which I quite like. So, this is a fanciful definition for something that comes in pairs and is stretched in a certain type of theatre before the performance, but it isn’t a performance theatre….
29a Swiss singing almost weird in loud performance? (9)
Two thirds of a word meaning weird goes inside when someone is very loud. You didn’t need the hint, did you?
1d One swimmer (4)
A fish that can be singular.
3d Nuisance also seen in fair (2-3-2)
A word meaning also goes inside a hyphenated expression meaning far, to give another expression for a pain in the backside.
5d Little inclination to conceal intelligence, a smart alec (4-2-3)
Inside a geographical word for a place that has a slight incline goes a word for intelligence, plus A to give another pain in the backside.
7d As hurricane may be described in every detail? (4-2-4)
Another fanciful definition for you would would describe every moment of a hurricane.
12d Central American fellow actor, trust me! (5,5)
How you would describe your fellow lead actor, plus a two word expression (1,3) that means trust me.
13d Give it everything, O frog? (2,3,5)
An expression meaning to give it everything is a literal description of O FROG. There are some people out there (I hope never to meet them) that think GEGS is one of the finest cryptic clues for ‘Scrambled Eggs’. This is similar, but actually 1000 times better.
15d Starting price fairly active (9)
After the abbreviation for Starting price goes a word meaning fairly.
23d Descriptive of galley, a shade beneath surface of ocean (5)
After O (surface of ocean) goes A and a colour to describe a Roman galley.
25d Closely fitting items to stick to, upside down (4)
Something you can be said to stick to is reversed.
Was it a smooth flight or full of turbulence? Let us know.
Thanks to our mysterious setter and I’ll see you next week, with a bit of luck.
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Today’s music is something very summery by a much underrated composer.
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The Quick Crossword pun: canter+knees=Cantonese