Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29700 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours. Last Saturday, Tilsit told us he was moving house this week and, as part of that, he has not yet been able to get ‘reconnected,’ so I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
So, a very Happy World Gin Day and a good Saturday morning from Winnipeg where the puzzle was solved and the blog was prepared with an appropriate cocktail. Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing but the important parts are here and I am not even going to hazard a guess at who the setter might be since I am invariably wrong.
Candidates for favourite – 19a, 10d, and 19d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
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.
Some hints follow:
1a Something carried responsibly by exercise nut (5)
Something ‘carried’ if one is owning up to doing something (admitting responsibility for) placed after (by) a two letter type of exercise (in school).
4a Best spinner, neither winner nor loser? (3-6)
A toy that spins and a term that could indicate not a winner or a loser as the result of, say, a football match.
12a Bowler possibly ending in ambulance can’t stand (4)
A type of bowler, as illustrated, and the last letter (ending in) of ambulancE.
14a So immersed in river yesterday (4)
A lurker (immersed in) found in two words in the clue.
17a Tool smearing oil on grinders (9,4)
An anagram (smearing) of OIL ON GRINDERS.
22a Glass wind instrument (5)
A double definition – the second should be clear from the illustration.
27a Dropping place (7)
A double definition, I think – the first could perhaps refer to the sun at the end of the day – I consider that the clue deserves a ‘?’.
29a Like a drip, small and dry — that’s not right (5)
The Northern synonym for small and DrY from the clue with the R removed (that’s not right).
1d Those taps turned quickly (9)
An anagram (turned) of THOSE TAPS.
5d Surprisingly, my ant aspiring to be large insect (7,6)
An anagram (surprisingly) of MY ANT ASPIRING.
7d Peripheral characters in weepie, serious film (7)
The first and last letters (peripheral characters in) of WeepiE and a synonym of serious (perhaps when considering a facial expression).
10d Asleep immediately, switched off? (3,4,1,5)
A double definition(?) – the first refers to falling asleep quickly or immediately.
18d Mutant gene slimy on the surface (9)
An anagram (mutant) of GENE SLIMY.
19d Initial word a friend mentioned firstly (7)
A from the clue, a type of friend (the BRB says intimate companion), and the initial letter (firstly) of Mentioned.
24d Some stuff in Norway, northern European (4)
Another lurker (some) found in three words in the clue – an inhabitant of the country illustrated in dark green.
25d Keep smiling, though ostensibly weary initially (4)
The first letters (initially) of four words in the clue.
This musical selection might help with one of the Down clues:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
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The Quick Crossword pun: BARBER + QUEUES + HORSE = BARBECUE SAUCE