Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29718 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from a very soggy Warrington where no doubt a great many people are preparing for this evening’s events. I certainly am. It’s the Shrewsbury Bridge Club Saturday evening session, and I shall be directing the session as usual. If you are at a loose end and would like an enjoyable, friendly session, please contact me and I’ll tell you how to find us. We start at 7pm, and like you to be in around five-ten minutes before. I’ll even find you a partner if need be!
Anyway, back to today’s puzzle, which was reasonably straightforward, with a couple of little potential trip-ups here and there. I’m guessing the setter may be our esteemed Editor; there’s no pangram and it feels similar to some his other oeuvres.
As usual, it is a prize puzzle, so remember the rules. It’s too soggy to sit on the naughty step. Play nicely, and don’t give the mods any grief.
Thanks to our setter for an entertaining solve, and I’ll be back next week.
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 In speculation, judge lacking (6)
Inside a word for speculation goes a short word for a judge, one of whom may be under the microscope in Rome this evening.
4a Sorcerers, security against conflict? (8)
After a word for conflict goes the name of items that may give security and protection.
12a Wrapping that woman’s mother, edges of towel warming (7)
Inside a word meaning that woman and an abbreviation for mother go the outer letters of TOWEL.
15a Fine electricity supplier, possibly? That’s pointless (8)
After the abbreviation for fine goes the name that describes companies such as E.ON, Octopus, and my favourite (because they are cheap, green and customer service is good), Bulb.
18a Gloss covering first of bandages on part of leg (8)
Inside a word for gloss goes the first letter of bandage and ON to give a part of your leg.
25a Apes shortly scoffing last of ripe fruit (7)
Inside the name for some apes (the first part!) goes the last letter of RIPE.
27a Strange alien, right? Not I! (9)
Clever clue. The whole clue could be the definition, but it’s also all the indications, so you are looking for an anagram (strange) of ALIEN and RIGHT, minus one of the I’s.
29a Watching international cricket, declare (6)
If you were watching an international cricket match at Lord’s you could be this. When the two words are put together it means to declare.
1d County has wrong date for item in private chamber (8)
Take the short name for a county not too far from London and add an anagram (wrong) of DATE
3d Forenames rearranged, one’s in order (9)
An anagram of FORENAMES gives a member of a secretive order (‘no, we’re not, honest!’ – Grandmaster).
5d Comprehensive, where queen might go? (6,3,5)
Two definitions, one cryptic. You are looking for where a queen (not Liz!) might go in a game. The three words give a phrase that means comprehensive.
6d Storey that’s reached from above or below? (5)
I like this clue a lot! A word for a storey in the building is palindromic (and as it’s a down clue, this way of saying it works cleverly).
8d Hit the roof — stop when you do that! (3,3)
Another two definitions, one cryptic clue. An expression meaning to get angry could also be when you have to stop in your car.
9d Rule of law I care about damaged listener (11,3)
An anagram of RULE OF LAW I CARE gives something many boxers (two-legged, not four) experience.
16d Enjoy a drink of whisky? Willingly! (4,1,4)
And another two definitions, one cryptic clue. An expression meaning willingly is to enjoy a glass of scotch.
17d Sense I place in hearing? (8)
A homophone of I place, as one word, is one of the senses.
24d Song sung initially in tree (5)
Inside a tree found on desert islands goes the first letter of SUNG.
Once again, thanks to today’s compiler for an enjoyable solve. I’ll see you next week.
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Today’s music is a new piece from a talented artist – this is a young Detroit based pianist who is joined by Renee Elise Goldberry. Just wallow in this!
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The Quick Crossword pun: pie+knap+pull=pineapple