Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29730 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours. Yesterday evening, well afternoon my time, Tilsit asked me if I could cover for him today as work was ‘getting in the way’ for him, so here I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
Believe it or not, both the solving of the puzzle and the completion of the blog were completed in a ‘dry’ environment. 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. It is a bit of an anagram fest so recognising them should be helpful.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 23a, 26a, and 8d.
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 Uncertain, decide about a time to commit (8)
We start with an anagram (uncertain) of DECIDE containing (about) both of A from the clue and the single letter for Time.
10a Game where ultimate risk taken by spinner? (7,8)
Perhaps an act of bravado rather than a game involving one or more people and a firearm.
12a Blade caused girl to fetch plaster? (7)
A ‘small’ injury, that may require a (sticking) plaster and a generic synonym of girl – guess a girl comes later.
18a Loudly sand wood (5)
A homophone (loudly) of the illustrated type of sand (which is actually in Manitoba).
25a Basket girl found in seaside attraction (7)
Guess a girl and insert her into (found in) a seaside attraction.
26a Theatre work possibly faced? (8,7)
One of the types of work done in the other type of theatre which may be completed (possibly) on a face.
28a Hunter parted, or set off (8)
An anagram to finish the Acrosses (set off) of PARTED, OR.
1d Show filth around middle of deck (6)
A synonym of filth containing (around) the middle letters of dECk.
4d Caught swimmer, one with a good ear? (5)
A homophone (caught) of the illustrated swimmer.
7d Bread mine, thanks! (5)
A three letter type of mine and the two letter informal synonym of thanks.
9d Real party island (8)
The abbreviated name of a (political) party and the largest Greek island.
16d Leader in power, citizen (9)
The single letter for Power and a synonym of citizen.
19d That man prepares book (7)
The pronoun that indicates that man and a synonym of prepares (a drink?).
22d Act of devotion, through catching fish (6)
A three letter synonym of through containing (catching) a type of fish – I still vividly remember being stung by one of these on South Padre Island in Texas several years ago.
25d Model puzzle (5)
We finish with a double definition the second is a puzzle that might be a bit of a head scratcher!
An extract from Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concherto d’Orange Juice from the 1996 film Brassed Off – the ‘real’ musicians were the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
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The Quick Crossword pun: COOK + HOOK + LOCK = CUCKOO CLOCK