Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29784 (Hints)
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Good morning from Warrington, where it’s a dull overcast day. Thanks to Gazza for holding the fort last week.
It’s a fairly brief intro, as I have something unexpected to sort out, so off we go.
We have an agreeable puzzle which may have an odd headscratcher lurking within. If you like cryptic definitions and anagrams, you’ll be at home here. You will find a pangram within the grid, which usually means we have Cephas on duty. Thanks to him for the challenge.
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 Relative with a universal set of books (4)
The name of one of your relatives is found by taking A, plus the symbol for universal and, as usual, ‘set of books’ refers to a specific set; one of two in a certain book.
8a Gardening trough designed for catchment area (9-6)
An anagram of GARDENING TROUGH will lead you to a phrase. The answer is shown in the Big Red Book with that definition, although without the hyphen, it has another meaning.
10a Choice food‘s fragility (8)
11a Aspic ordered with pepper (8)
An anagram of ASPIC, plus the Latin word for with gives you a type of pepper.
17a Calls back for the second time? (2-6)
An all-in-one cryptic definition.
19a It’s for those who need fresh air in the main (8)
Another all-in-one cryptic definition for something that was invented by Jacques Cousteau, whose ‘Wonderful World’ used to be on BBC2 every Sunday evening around 7:30pm.
22a One gets rich as if by magic (9,6)
A cryptic definition of someone who makes money easily or a cryptic definition of JK Rowling!
25a Kind of light, to a great extent (4)
A double definition, a type of flare is also a word that means to a great extent.
1d Article on farm animal biting motorists, silky beast (6,3)
A type of animal with particular fur, is found by taking the two-letter indefinite article, adding the name of a farm animal and inserting (biting) an abbreviation for an organisation that represents motorists.
3d Jumper over the moon? (6,3)
Think of an animal that in rhyme went into space, and what particular type of that animal it could be defined by the first word.
5d Glider daughter’s dispatched deviating around star! (5)
Remove the abbreviation for daughter from GLIDER and rearrange what’s left to give the star in the bottom right of the illustration.
6d Loafer that’s not suitable for express train? (9)
The name for an idler is a cryptic way of saying part of a train that is not fast.
7d Relative of 1 Down finally stumped (4,3)
The name for another type of the same animal as One Down, but it has a noticeable feature cryptically defined by the last two words.
17d Expecting to start late exercising power (7)
A word meaning expecting doesn’t have its first letter (starts late).
18d Played ace OK, nibbling at biscuit (7)
An anagram of ACE OK which goes around (nibbling) AT. It’ll give you something that is different wherever you go in the UK and can be ‘sweet’ or savoury.
20d Partly harmful, certainly that’s sore (5)
Were you like 3 down, or were you in need of 19 across? I don’t think too many will be troubled by today’s challenge. Thanks again to today’s setter (surely Cephas?). I’ll see you next week.
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