Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29790 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington! Another overcast day to deal with. It’s nice to have a day off, but it is filled with a number of things to do, including quiz writing, making a start on my next Open University course, and then planning a trip away in November.
As some of you know, I started my OU course in Languages some years ago and have plodded along. I’m studying French and German but over the past couple of years have been derailed several times due to illness and other problems. Rather than go back and try again, I decided to park the third-year German course for another year as I seemed to have problems around the halfway point and struggled to catch up. So, this year, I decided to go back to the French half of the course and study Year Two French. This course is somewhat different than previous ones, as all course materials are online, other than the grammar book. I am finding this a little strange, as I am used to wandering round carrying textbooks.
As this is the second year, there should also have been a residential school in Aix-en-Provence, but due to you-know-what, it has been replaced by an ‘Online Learning Experience’ for an intensive week of study next February. Watch this space!
Back to today’s puzzle. Very enjoyable, but a little odd. I had the top half done and dusted and then stared at the bottom half for a while, with no idea what was going on. A quick trip to the coffee pot and toaster and I’m sure all the clues had changed, as I finished it just as quickly as the top half!
Definitely a Mysteron (or Mister Ron) puzzle. I don’t think it was Cephas or Chalicea, not their style. Maybe the Boss is on duty, today.
Anyway, let’s look at a few of the clues:
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 Send watch to be wound back (5)
Another word for a watch is reversed.
4a Marine species lookin’ to catch you, ultimately (3,6)
Something meaning lookin’ for (i.e. remove the last letter ‘g’) has a letter used to refer to you inside.
11a Stretch where angler repositioned line, finally (7)
Something you do when you stretch an item is found by rearranging (repositioned) ANGLER, and add the last letter of LINE.
13a Inexplicable thing being in game as every other character sent off (6)
Remove the alternate letters from BEING IN GAME AS to get something that’s hard to explain.
15a Terms in list are endless in magazine (8)
A way of describing magazines, such as the ones pictured, has ARE inside, minus its last letter.
18a Journalist on carrier (8)
A short word meaning on or about goes before the name for someone who carries things for a living.
20a A burden describing some clues (6)
You could have added ‘like this’ to the definition! The indefinite article, plus something that was a burden to someone in the New Testament.
23a Top police force take a nosedive (7)
A word meaning top, or the best, takes the abbreviated name of a police force.
27a Right in the main? (9)
As with the previous (unhinted) clue, you’re looking for a nautical term. This time it’s the one for right.
29a Fruity edges of raspberry? (5)
Write down your literal answer to ‘What are the edges (end letters) of raspberry?
1d Fraudster, one playing tennis you might say? (9)
The name for a criminal is a cryptic description of how you might describe a tennis player, using the name for something used in their duties.
4d Crossword writer in sun at the end of the day? (6)
A curate’s egg of a clue. The answer is fairly obvious. Add the answer to the word ‘sun’ and you may describe cryptically someone at the end of the day. Not sure this works for me, or am I missing something?
5d Dog on telly, bitter (8)
A word for to have transmitted on TV, plus a type of bitter you drink.
7d Awkward problem, sexy King Edward? (3,6)
A slang word meaning sexy and what a King Edward is.
16d Number in the sixties, a short way back (9)
One of the biggest songs of that decade is a word meaning a short time ago. More later.
17d Plane is not dismantled for scrap (8)
A type of aircraft is added to an anagram of IS NOT.
21d Outfit a huge hit (7)
Two definitions – one a slang term for your outfit and the other a violent hit.
25d Something elasticated in mind (5)
An elasticated item of clothing (are they? Never had one!) plus IN.
Were you bowled over with today’s puzzle? Or completely stumped? Let us know.
Remember as usual, to play nicely and avoid being put on the naughty step. I’ll see you next Saturday.
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Our music to finish today is one of the finest versions of a certain song, other than the original, performed by someone who could rival Sinatra as a performer.
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The Quick Crossword pun: kink+urn+newt=King Canute