Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29760 (Hints)
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Greetings from Warrington, where the dawn is just sneaking over the trees and deciding it fancies another hour in bed!
Firstly, thanks to Crypticsue and Senf for stepping in at really short notice. As some of you know, I started a new job recently and as we have a very small team, sometimes it’s necessary to cover for colleagues at the very last minute. As it happens, I am on my own weekend shift rota today and tomorrow so am in my own home office taking bookings for assistance on trains. Luckily, I have been able to get things done before the shift starts.
So, to today’s puzzle, I found this rather enjoyable and generally quite accessible, although there are a couple of challenging clues to deal with. As to the setter today, I can rule out a couple but I guess it’s the Boss who’s come out to play.
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 Established procedure at home (7)
The name for an established procedure plus AT.
5a One in form maybe always allowed outside (7)
Here you need to find a meaning of form linked with nature. Something meaning always has a word meaning allowed around it.
11a Drink cures heart that’s broken (10)
An anagram (broken) of CURES HEART gives a liqueur.
14a Nonconformist priest nearby indisposed (12)
A nice appropriate anagram of PRIEST NEARLY. If the answer were plural, you’d have an anagram of Britney Spears!
25a Come between Italian footballers and model? (9)
The short name for an Italian soccer club and players, plus a word meaning to model.
26a Take the plunge with cricketer here on vacation (5)
A short name for a certain type of cricketer, plus the outer letters of HERE (on vacation).
27a Confusion of slave hiding cocktail of rum (7)
A word meaning to slave away has an anagram (cocktail) of RUM inside.
28a Fan display that is not so hot (3-4)
I’m taking this as two definitions, rather than a single all in. One of the definitions is cryptic, but read all together it could also mean the same thig Something than means a fan and what it does.
1d Appropriate whilst in transit (6)
A cryptic way of describing something – you need an alternative meaning (and pronunciation in some parts!) of appropriate.
3d Have one go then another almost, let out and capsize (4,6)
A nautical expression is what you are looking for. A word meaning to have a go plus the same word, minus its last letter, add an anagram of LET and you have the answer.
5d Way of living provided in the French fashion (9)
An article in French has a two-letter word meaning provided inside; add a word meaning fashion and you get a way of living.
6d Farewell from man-servant short of time (4)
You are looking for the Latin word for farewell (Think ‘Ave atque ….’ From your school days!). The name for a servant minus the letter T
7d Easy-to-make money Michael’s reported (5-3)
Something that is easy-to-make is a slang word for money (though better known in the plural) and a homophone of a possessive name for someone called Michael.
8d Standing a round perhaps giving medical care (8)
13d Piece of furniture and where to find it (10)
A slightly unusual clue as the definition is also the second part of the clue.
20d Reveal occasionally sunny view I initially loved (6)
The alternate letters of SUNNY VIEW plus I and the first letter of LOVED.
24d Ship‘s freight about to be removed (4)
A type of ship is formed by taking the name for freight on board, minus the abbreviation for about.
Did you sail through? Or were you becalmed? Thank you to our setter for an enjoyable solve this morning. Hope you found it as entertaining and enjoyable as I did. A good way to start the weekend.
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Music today is from a singer who passed away last weekend and this is one of my favourites. RIP Nanci Griffith
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