Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29766 (Hints)
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Tilsit has been called into work at very short notice this morning so I’ve been called off the bench to provide a few hints to get you started.
There’s nothing very frightening in today’s puzzle so I don’t expect most solvers will have too many problems.
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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Don’t promote record, our era (10)
A straightforward charade of a) a musical record, b) OUR and c) a synonym of era.
11a Pay a second visit, eh? (4,5)
Double definition, the second an informal request for a repeat of something said that you couldn’t hear or understand.
15a Public scoffing enormous apples initially – have too many? (7)
An adjective meaning public or visible contains the initial letters of Enormous and Apples.
29a Dutch ball fluffed, a Mexican nets (4)
Hidden in the clue (indicated by nets) – this ball is red.
30a Beat learned, bad for Glenn Miller perhaps? (10)
An anagram (beat) of LEARNED BAD. If you’re too young to remember Glenn Miller (who died in 1944) the picture should give you an idea of what he did for a living.
1d Hurry a little (4)
Double definition, the second a small amount (of something added to a cooked dish perhaps).
3d Covered in grease like cooked eggs, surface wiped (5)
How you might like your eggs cooked with the first letter (surface) erased.
23d House eleven in Aston (5)
Double definition, the second being the short name of a football team based in the English Midlands.
26d Look dance up (4)
Reverse (up, in a down clue) a Scottish dance.
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