Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29754 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Young Tilsit was called into work at silly-o’clock this morning, and so rather than wake up Senf, Gazza and I had a bit of an arm wrestle and, ever the gentleman, he insisted on ‘ladies first’ (well my email saying I’d do the blog was sent two minutes before his!)
This lovely sunny morning brings us an actual on-the-back-page backpager which has to be a good start. I think I’ve guessed the setter, so it will be interesting to see if the right person turns up to claim ownership of the crossword.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them. If, as is bound to be the case, I haven’t given hints for the clues for which you need help, try looking for anagrams, lurkers or ‘old friends’
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 Two Europeans finish (6,6)
Two European nationalities combine to give a finish found on furniture
8a Aussie native infiltrating company, genteel English establishment? (3,4)
An informal term for an Australian native ‘infiltrating’ a set of people (company)
14a Wood entirely in foil (9)
A type of wood and an adverb meaning entirely
24a Ship’s captain, delicate flier? (7)
Double definition, one a lot more obvious than the other
26a Wine coming together for traditional event (5,7)
A type of wine and part of a verb meaning uniting closely (coming together)
1d Standards to preserve on vessels (7)
Some standards preserving ON (from the clue)
3d Succeed with technology? You’re joking! (4,3,2)
A two-word phrase meaning to succeed and some abbreviated technology
6d Little golden item, royal (7)
I’ve included this clue as the first definition made me smile. The second one refers to a Muslim royal
7d Those blending in with surroundings never leave exclusive groups (5,7)
An expression meaning to never leave and some exclusive groups
22d Hurled from one side to the other, reportedly (5)
A homophone (reportedly) of a way of saying from one side to the other
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The Quick Crossword pun: DIRT + TEAS + EGRET = DIRTY SECRET