Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29778 (Hints)
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The hard-working Tilsit has been detained in the office once more this morning so I’m providing a few hints to get you started if you’re having 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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Vivacity in dancing priest (6)
A straightforward anagram (dancing) of PRIEST.
11a Most ill-advised, if nothing else (9)
Split your answer 5,4 to get ‘most ill-advised’.
12a Contract, massive thing by the sound of it (7)
Contract here is a verb meaning to constrict. The answer sounds like something gigantic.
23a Support in reverse (7)
Double definition, the second a manoeuvre that you may need to carry out if you meet an enormous caravan travelling towards you in one of the very narrow lanes round where I live.
28a Microscopic, quite a few ticks? (6)
For ‘quite a few’ read sixty.
2d Change of mood in jazz-like music? (5)
Double definition, the second a type of easy flowing music played by Glenn Miller (who coincidentally featured the last time I provided the Saturday hints).
5d Under the table, like the ceiling? ()
An informal word for ‘under the table’ or inebriated could also describe the ceiling (and the walls).
7d Chuck quaffing draught is performing a trick (9)
A verb to chuck or throw contains (quaffing) a draught of the gusty sort.
9d Bond money impressing me (6)
Bond here is a verb meaning to join firmly. A monetary unit contains ME.
24d Sleep inside that thing, not suitable (5)
Put a short sleep inside a pronoun identifying ‘that thing’.
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