Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29706 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from an overcast Warrington where the weather really doesn’t know what to do. Thanks to Senf for covering last Saturday while I was moving house. All is now settled and I am reunited with the terrible twosome, Dexter the cat, and Lexie the dog. Dexter is currently about three feet from me dozing on the other keyboard. So, this morning’s blog is courtesy of my laptop, so apologies in advance for any typos, as the screen is so small!
Today we have a challenging little puzzle with a couple of obscure-ish words to stretch the mental muscles. One of these is a cryptic definition clue, and will really make you think (don’t worry, there’s a hint!). Not sure who the setter is but I can narrow it down to one of two. I think we can rule out the Lady of the Manor!
If you happen to finish in good time and would like something lovely to continue your crossword solving, our former Sunday setter is on the loose in Guardian with an enjoyable romp, and here’s a link:
As usual, remember to play nicely and don’t reveal answers. The naughty step beckons for those who do and there’s no cake for you.
Thanks to our mystery setter today, who’ll hopefully come out and identify himself later on.
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 Distortion according to interpretation (10)
A short word meaning according to (the Latin word), plus something meaning an interpretation of a work.
6a Go, having emptied salt — salt! (4)
A word meaning a go or attempt. The outer letters of SALT (emptied), plus an abbreviation for a nautical one.
13a He might fall for actor (8)
Someone who enables a movie star to keep their good looks…
15a Losing water to make ice first, it’s a way of preservation (6-6)
A method to make ice, followed by how you lose water from something.
18a Butcher’s bill that’s used by couples? (5,7)
A cryptic way of describing what you might get from a butcher for a ham hock or a piece of pork, is something that can be paid by either of two people from the same source.
24a One leading 1000 very good warriors (4)
One of those words that appears in a few puzzles from time to time and then gets forgotten. The Roman numerals for 1 and 1000, plus a word meaning good, as in a religious sense, gives the name of some Zulu warriors.
25a Tiny foolish person stopped short, a Dickensian (6,4)
A word meaning tiny, plus a slang name for someone foolish that happens to also be a girl’s name, minus its last letter. When together this gives the name of a Dickensian character, about whom Oscar Wilde said that one would have to have a heart of stone to read the death of this person without dissolving into tears… of laughter”.
26a Lady’s incomplete pattern (4)
Be careful! You are looking for a girl’s name here, not for the definition, but for one that must lose its last letter to give you the answer, which is something that means a regular habitual pattern.
27a Powerful teacher first is obstinate (10)
An adjective meaning powerful is preceded by a senior teacher
1d Get better vehicle (4-2)
Two definitions, to get better and a type of vehicle that is more popular in the US and hasn’t taken off as such over here.
2d Distant unfinished roadside building about to start (6)
A word for somewhere to stay near a main road, minus its last letter, preceded by a short word meaning about.
5d Too much of article included in open work (4-3-3)
A word for an article goes inside something meaning open or transparent. Add a short word for work and you get a phrase meaning too much of something..
7d To be one, this administrator must have two others (8)
To quote m’ learned friend from Canada, this probably deserves a ‘hmmm’. It’s a name used in ancient Rome for one of a team of three Government administrators.
8d Teasing good for youth, presumably (8)
A word for teasing, or banter which when written as three separate words literally means not good for someone old. A slightly off-the-wall clue.
11d Breach in border intended to be announced (12)
IN from the clue, plus something meaning border, plus a homophone of a word meaning intended.
14d Yours truly playing clarinet in commercial (10)
Inside a short word for yours truly, goes an anagram of clarinet, to give a word relating to commercial in a business sense.
17d Instrumentalist going round station trapping serpent (3,5)
The name of a nasty serpent is the name for an instrumentalist (from north of the border) around the name of a TV channel.
20d Take out ad in support of peacekeepers (6)
If you had an advert for the international organisation of peace keeping forces, it may be said to be one of these…
23d No end of room for horses (4)
The name of a room found on a Cluedo board, minus its last letter is where you could find lots of horses.
How did you find it? As easy as pie, or tough as old boots? Let us know. I have included a couple of extra answers as I think it is a little harder than usual, but no less enjoyable.
Thanks to our mystery torturer and I hope to see you next week.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Music today is from the amazing Max Richter – the video is pretty amazing as well….
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