Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29736 (Hints)
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Greetings from the tropics of Warrington! Thanks to Senf for covering last Saturday when I was asked to work at short notice.
Today, we have a pleasant puzzle, which is by our old friend Cephas unless one of his colleagues is being mischievous. Nice concise clues and the usual pangram are very much on view today.
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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:
4a Unwanted delivery of boat, man reported (4,4)
The name for a Chinese boat, plus a homophone for a man.
9a See Liz in turmoil about rating, it’s fairly large (8)
An anagram of SEE LIZ goes around the abbreviation for a rating in the Royal Navy.
12a Train heard in nursery (4-4)
How you might hear a train described in a nursery of very young children.
13a Make public form in Excel (8)
If you revealed private information about someone, you would possibly do this, plus the word for a form in a school.
16a Dandy follows celebrity to begin journey (5,3)
After a word for an A-Lister goes an old word for a dandy or gentleman. Split the two words slightly differently to see the answer.
19a Letters exchanged before couple finally move (8)
An anagram of the word LETTERS, plus the final letter of COUPLE
21a Nonsense coming from motorist having stopped short and left (6)
A word for a motorist, minus its last letter (stopped short), plus the abbreviation for left.
25a Plate of meat we hear Ian cooked (6)
Probably the trickiest word to find today. You need a word for a plate in science, especially in geology. A homophone of a meat you may eat for lunch on Sunday, plus an anagram of Ian.
26a Unrivalled lady about 50 (8)
The name for a lady (or should that be Lady?) who sits in the House of Lords, around the abbreviation for 50 in Roman numerals.
1d Tense, suffering from a hangover in the morning? (7)
A cryptic way of saying you are awake, and still sozzled the next day
3d Endlessly intertwine garland (6)
A word meaning to intertwine loses its last letter.
4d Only kind pals who are not emotionally involved (4,4,7)
A word meaning only; one meaning kind, and one meaning pals gives you an expression that describes people who know each other but have no emotional attachment. It’s also the name of a famous BBC comedy series that was very popular back in the day.
5d Tarzan, he is out of place in pilgrimage centre (8)
An anagram (out of place) of a famous place associated with religion.
14d Schoolmate not about could become abhorrent (9)
If you remove the abbreviation for about (the one that’s derived from the Latin version of the word!) and rearrange the letters you’ll get a word meaning abhorrent or despicable….
15d Free policeman, powerless in pit (8)
…and if you do the same here, removing the abbreviation for power from policeman and rearranging the remainder, you’ll get a word for a pit.
17d Run up river as punishment (7)
A word meaning to run, reversed (it’s a Down clue, so ‘up’ is acceptable to indicate this). Add to this the name of a river in N Yorkshire.
22d Caller does not have the item for part of helmet (5)
A word for a caller needs to lose something that refers to an item gives a part of a helmet in a suit of armour.
Was that just the ticket, or did the wheels fall off the bus? Let us know your thoughts.
Thanks to our setter today for the enjoyment and I’ll see you next weekend!
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Music today comes from the Olympic Opening Ceremony, which I found beautifully staged and in tone with the times. This was played as the thousands of paper doves were dropped into the stadium.
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