Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29772 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from the tropics of Warrington! Thanks to Gazza for covering last Saturday when, once again I was asked to work at short notice.
Today, we have a pleasant puzzle, which is by our lady in residence. A nice straightforward solve that should tick all the boxes.
I’m off to the British Quizzing Championships where I shall be proctoring the Great and the Good in an effort to see who is the best quizzer in Britain.
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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. Thank you to our setter for an enjoyable solve this morning!
Some hints follow:
1a Unusually deep loving evolving (10)
We start today with an anagram (unusually) of DEEP LOVING.
9a Sofa, not posh, with more space to sit? (6)
Take a word for a type of (outdoor) sofa and remove the abbreviation for posh first coined by Nancy Mitford, I believe.
11a Leading estate, this could make the papers! (6)
A cryptic definition – There’s an expression for the press being this estate.
14a Round capital city, cold and extremely tense atmosphere (7)
Around the name of a S American capital goes the abbreviation for cold and the first and last letters (extremely) of tense.
23a Fruit‘s extremely arresting dull surface (6)
A word meaning extremely has inside a word for a dull surface – this word can be spelt three ways, and this is a less common way.
24a Wind up backing deficit hidden by disreputable resort? (8)
Inside a word for a disreputable place goes a word for a deficit, reversed.
25a Get basic new bra with no restraints, it’s more comfortable (6)
Remove the first and last letters of the first four words (unrestrained).
28a Wholesale whiskey I had before English meal (10)
A word sum. After the abbreviation in a certain phonetic alphabet to which the drink refers, goes a shorter way of saying I had. Add the abbreviation for English and the name for a meal.
1d A nervous response after Scotch perhaps could be striking (8)
After a quantity that has come to mean a small measure of Scotch goes A and something that is an involuntary nervous response.
2d Ballot victor due to get time for wife (6)
After another phonetic alphabet letter goes a word meaning due, but with the abbreviation for Time replacing that for Wife
5d Beginning to drive in VW is hard for one in tank? (8)
Inside a model of VW goes the first letter of drive plus IS and the abbreviation for hard.
13d Affirm boast about unfinished government order (9)
Inside something meaning to boast about something goes the word for a government order, minus its last letter.
16d Publication that may include explosive material (8)
Two definitions that mean the same thing.
17d Quarrel after motor crashed this time yesterday? (8)
After an anagram of MOTOR goes a word for a quarrel.
22d Cover emerging from hassle eventually (6)
A hidden answer.
Thank you to Chalicea for today’s challenge. Did you reach for the stars, or crash and burn? Let us know what you think. Hope to see you next Saturday.
The Crossword Club is now open.
Time for something from the talented Kanneh-Mason family. This time from elder sibling Sheku, who certainly brings the best out of the cello.
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