Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29748 (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, once more, work was ‘getting in the way’ for him, so here I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
Believe it or not, once again, 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, seven in total including two partials, so recognising them should be helpful.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 26a, 10d, and 17d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
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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.
Some hints follow:
1a Document I don’t know, left at sea (8)
A single word for I don’t know (which Magnus Magnusson should have copyrighted) and the side which is left at sea – and here is the post-Brexit ‘edition’.
5a Blocks changes on the radio (6)
A homophone (on the radio) of a synonym of changes – and block is the first word, not counting an indefinite article, in the BRB entry for the singular of the answer.
11a Into Panama sailed East African (5)
A lurker (into) found in two words in the clue.
15a It’s far from dull as Margaret’s parent (6-2-5)
Heaven only knows where our setter got this from, but I ‘stumbled’ across it in Wikipedia, perhaps there is a simpler answer – one of our two parents, OF instead of the possessive S, and the translation of the old Persian word from which Margaret is derived.
26a English and European in retreat flee together (5)
The single letter for English and cruciverbalists’ favourite European, because it is one with only four letters, all reversed (in retreat).
27a Secreted chemical: call to inject extra rejected (9)
A five letter synonym of call (electronically) containing (to inject) a synonym of extra that has been reversed (rejected).
29a Dark tassels twisted around first of ropes (8)
An anagram (twisted) of TASSELS containing (around) the first letter of Ropes.
1d Beef gone, sheep beginning to increase (8)
A synonym of gone, a type of sheep, and the first letter (beginning to) of Increase.
3d God has a revolutionary style (7)
A (Greek) god, A from the clue, and, probably, our favourite revolutionary.
7d Country — nation imbued with Aboriginal light originally (9)
A (European) nation containing (imbued with) the initial letters (originally) of Aboriginal and Light.
14d Deceptive opus, a cod TV programme (8)
It would appear that I am leading a very sheltered life – an anagram (deceptive) of OPUS, A COD – involving this group? And, the answer is in the BRB.
17d Concerns pinning article down (8)
A synonym of concerns containing (pinning) a definite article.
19d Ineffective thing gone awry, resentment (7)
A three letter synonym for ineffective thing and an anagram (awry) of GONE.
20d Wallop opening oven (7)
A three letter synonym of wallop (as in corporal punishment?) and an opening (into a room?) – did anyone try looking for a triple definition?
25d Others take a break (4)
And, after all that, we have a straightforward double definition to finish.
Part 1 of Sir Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs from the Last Night of The Proms – 2012. The improvisation of the lead violinist at 5:00 is very entertaining. A pity about the idiot with the antique ‘bulb horn’:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
SOUTHPAW + CIVIC = SOUTH PACIFIC
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