Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29796 (Hints)
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I’ve had another SOS message from Tilsit this morning so you can blame me if you think the following hints are not up to scratch although I don’t think most solvers will need much in the way of help today.
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 County suit under discussion (5)
The short name of an English county sounds like one of the four card suits.
13a Sign there’s tooth decay, first one pulled (5)
Remove the first letter (first one pulled) from a word for tooth decay.
17a Do as I do facing queen: that’s child’s play! (6-2-6)
Start with a phrase meaning ‘do as I do’ (6,2,4) and add our Queen’s regnal cipher.
24a Faint, not very fit (4)
Drop the abbreviation for ‘very’ from an adjective meaning faint or indistinct.
30a Underwear of poor quality (5)
Double definition, the second an informal term for rubbish which in recent years has become a well-used, though not universally liked, anagram indicator.
1d Excellent thing, tea or coffee perhaps? (3,5)
To quote Chambers this is ‘any person, thing or performance that is outstandingly remarkable, excellent, vigorous or attractive’. It could be how you’d describe recently brewed tea or coffee.
3d Witness jumpers being lifted (4)
These jumpers are garments.
7d Break down in tears initially: see, I’m upset (7)
The initial letters of In Tears followed by an anagram (upset) of SEE I’M.
21d Stage before drive shows cricketing skill (3,4)
Stick together a word for a stage or section of a journey or sports event and a drive or short trip for pleasure.
26d Stair hamsters perhaps will climb (4)
Reverse what hamsters can be examples of.
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