Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29724 (Hints)
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Good morning everyone, from a soggy Warrington.
In a bit of a rush today, so am keeping it short and sweet. A puzzle that will probably divide the nation. Some will enjoy it and others will moan about it being ‘a General Knowledge puzzle’.
Do let us know what you think, but if you are going to criticise it, at least have the courage to explain why it’s not floating your boat. Setters love feedback; they have put time and effort in designing the puzzle, but they don’t need halfwits who, like one or two last week were just downright rude.
To paraphrase Mark Twain and Lisa Simpson, better to be thought a fool, than to hit the keyboard and remove all doubt.
Thanks to our setter for today’s challenge.
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 US city is behind new online map (11)
We start with the name of an American city. An anagram (new) of ONLINE MAP plus the word IS after it.
7a In error, Greek character backing exercise system (7)
The name of a letter of the Greek alphabet goes inside a word for an error, and the whole thing reversed.
10a Starter in Rajasthan filling belly; boy, it’s hot! (8)
Inside a short word for your belly goes the first letter (starter) of Rajasthan. Add to this a boy’s name and you get the name of a spice.
11a Twins placing car behind empty garage (6)
The name of heavenly twins is found by taking the first and last letters of GARAGE and adding the name of a car.
16a Prehistoric monument seen on the ground, inspiring gasps initially (10)
The name of a famous landmark is an anagram of SEEN ON THE with the girst letter of GASPS inside.
21a Eat in drinking establishment (6)
25a A pressing household chore? (7)
Cryptic definition for something I never do.
26a Light box to carry on banner (11)
A word meaning to light (as in fire) is found by taking the name of a type of box and inserting ON, plus a type of banner.
1d A student hugged by girl — that’s infectious (7)
Inside a girl’s name goes A and the letter that represents student or learner.
3d I sent a side to play in Borneo etc (4,6)
An anagram of I SENT A SIDE, gives the old name for an area of Asia that includes Borneo.
6d Cult I connected to area (7)
Another name for a cult, plus I and a short word meaning connected to.
7d George of England perhaps, unlikely star in panto (6,5)
An anagram of STAR IN PANTO, gives something that George of England is an example of.
9d Platform for workers teaching doctor (8,3)
A name for a platform where people work is found by taking a word meaning teaching and something meaning to doctor, as in an election.
12d Appalling wind finally is blowing (10)
After the last letter of WIND, goes IS and something that means blowing, as in a wind.
17d Natural magic in a grotto, somewhat uplifting (7)
A hidden answer but reversed.
19d Drink studied, moan out loud (3,4)
A homophone for a word that means studied (at uni), plus something meaning to moan.
20d Two fathers requiring a temple (6)
The word for a father, plus another for the Father (for some) and A.
23d Leads in Ibsen dramas often lacking for film star (4)
First letters of some words in the clue describe how some view a film star.
That’s all folks. Thanks to our setter for the challenge. Remember to play nicely or you won’t be allowed to stay up and watch the match.
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Music today is something tranquil before the hysteria of tomorrow:
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The Quick Crossword pun: day+jar+view=déjà vu