Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29742 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning from an overcast Warrington with the potential of a whole lot more moisture.
For yours truly, an important day. After 17 months I am running my first quizzing event, and it’s the World Quiz Championship, the biggest event in the calendar. Normally we have up to 100 quizzers taking part in my event, with hundreds of others. Instead, we will have around 30 taking part in Warrington, but there are a number of other Face-to-Face (F2F) events and three huge events on Zoom, including the whole of the Australian events, as much of the country is currently locked down. Indeed, this morning the only F2F event in the country had to be cancelled and moved online. Good luck to everyone taking part!
Now, back to the world of black and white grids. We have a lovely, slightly challenging, puzzle that for me is one of the best recent Saturday puzzles. This appears to be the work of Chalicea, so thank you for her efforts. Lots of clues to make you smile and give you that challenge to think about, which is the mark of a good puzzle.
Let us know what you think, but please remember the site rules. It is a prize puzzle, so watch the additional help, please. Have a great weekend!
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 Shape epic jests, all exposed as most joyous (8)
Remove the first and last letters of three words (all exposed) to give you the answer.
5a Stable condition without English in command (6)
Something meaning a condition needs to lose the letter that represents England. Add the abbreviation for in command and you have your answer.
10a Hush-hush religious education in cult (6)
Inside a word for a religious cult goes the abbreviation for religious education.
15a Unpleasant person in bother over weird pet (7)
An anagram of pet has a word meaning to bother someone ‘over’ it, i.e. around the anagram.
20a Passion! She’s undressed with naked mate (4)
One to make you smile! If you follow the treatment of 1 across, it’s the same here. Two words need to lose their first and last letters (undressed, and naked).
21a Trimming fruit mostly during start of growth (7)
A word meaning trimming in gardening. Take a word for a type of dried fruit and lose the last letter. Add a short word that means during, plus the first letter (start) of growth.
25a Jailbird and French cop facing tense clash (8)
A short word for a prisoner goes just before a French slang word for a policeman and then add the abbreviation for tense.
29a Furnishes quality shop with lines finally lacking (8)
The name for an upmarket food shop has a word for poetic lines added, minus its last letter.
31a Changing sides, beggar becomes more hopeful (8)
You need a slang word for a cad or bounder and ‘swap sides’, i.e., replace the L (left) with R (right).
1d Better to accept European doctor (6)
The name for a doctor (usually associated with homeopathy, etc.) is found by taking a word meaning better (as in health).
2d Show off in heaven: one’s missed out! (6)
A word for heaven needs to lose I and S (one’s) to give a word meaning to show off.
4d Volte-face of moderates creating fuss (4)
The name for moderates in the Conservative Party is reversed (volte-face) to give something meaning fuss.
8d Reportedly see a Conservative without, say, class (8)
A letter that is a homophone for ‘see’, plus A and a word meaning politically conservative goes around (an old meaning of without) the abbreviation for ‘say’ or ‘for example’.
14d Environs of ancient region captivate (7)
Take the outer letters of ancient, and a add a word meaning a region, or piece of land.
18d Income from grannies at work? (8)
An anagram (at work) of GRANNIES. Which reminds me of this….
22d Bit of gear you might have a hand in (6)
A cryptic definition for part of something you wear that you might put your hand inside.
27d Tolerate ill-mannered type (4)
A double definition to finish.
How was it for you today? A walk in the park, or a battle with a blown-out umbrella in Storm Evert? Let us know your thoughts.
Thanks to Chalicea for a fun challenge and to dig our a favourite Python clip. See you next week.
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Music today comes from one of my favourite suites of music, Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite. Enjoy a waltz around your living room…
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The Quick Crossword pun: pet+yew+near=petunia