Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29802 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from Warrington! Thanks to Gazza for stepping in at short notice last week. It’s quite hectic at work at the moment with people starting to enjoy their freedom again and getting out and about. I’m on the late shift today starting at noon, so getting ready for that.
Back to the puzzle, which was a fair old challenge today from our lovely lady setter, sans doute. It was probably straying into Tuesday Toughie territory as I thought it quite a challenge, although it could just be me feeling more than a bit drained at the moment. Sometimes you can pick up a Saturday puzzle and write the answers in as you read the clues, but not today! And no less enjoyable. This was my cup of tea (if I drank the stuff!) so thanks to Chalicea for the challenge.
As usual, we’d like to hear your thoughts and I am sure we will have a visit from the lovely lady herself later.
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:
4a Most heated feeling of dread about boundless grief (8)
A word (derived from German, IIRC) for a feeling of dread goes around the word GRIEF, minus the first and last letters (boundless).
9a Engineers likely to be trustworthy (8)
The standard abbreviation when you see the word ‘engineers’ in a puzzle, plus something meaning likely or legally responsible.
10a Pleased with oil I cooked up for plants (8)
Something meaning pleased, plus an anagram of OIL I (cooked up).
12a Doubtfully ate up mostly foul stew (3-2-3)
An anagram (doubtfully) ATE UP and most of the word FOUL gives a winter warming stew with a French name.
13a Auditor finally hears half of text on board ship (8)
The last letter (finally) of HEARS and 50% of the word TEXT go inside the name a (cruise) ship.
21a Picture of old cold farm worker returning (6)
A type of artwork can be found by taking the abbreviations or old and cold and adding the name of a farmworker from the Middle Ages
24a Disease in fruit recurring we hear (4-4)
A homophone of the same word for a type of fruit twice gives the name of a disease.
26a Move fast! Don’t do this with something unpleasant! (4,2,2)
Two definitions, with the second one cryptic.
1d Swell dance circle working (7)
The name for an (organised) dance, plus the letter that represents a circle and a word that indicates something is working.
2d Reportedly prohibited joker having as topic fashionable movement (9)
A homophone for a word meaning prohibited, plus one meaning a joker or wit, and add something that means having as a topic or subject.
4d Farmer, a good country-dweller, welcomes international school (15)
A, plus the abbreviation for good and a word for a country-dweller (think of the adjective meaning ‘of the country’ and add -ist. Inside this goes the abbreviation for international and a word meaning a (religious) school. Phew!
6d Country’s supporter half-heartedly supporting computer technology (5)
Underneath the abbreviation for computer equipment or tech goes a four letter word meaning supporter that has letters two and three the same, but loses one, so is ‘half-hearted’.
14d Inquiring into pound invested in public showing by clique (9)
Inside a word for a public show (think Montreal in 1967) goes the abbreviation for pound. Add something meaning a clique.
15d Novice with inclination for dialect of German (8)
A word for a novice, sometimes spelt with an ‘I’ but here with an alternative second letter. Add to this a word meaning inclination.
18d King, troublesome fellow, acquired knowledge (7)
Famous Shakespearean king, plus a slang word for a tearaway.
22d Work hastily and superficially read page (5)
If you speed read, you are doing this, usually. Add to this the abbreviation for page.
So, has your mind been given a good bending, or was it plain sailing, let us know. And if you are going to carp, try and be constructive.
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 our music on hold at work (skip the clapping for the first minute!)
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We are being spoiled! Two Quickie Puns today, top and bottom rows!
Top Row: hill+areas=hilarious
Bottom Row: reign+deer=reindeer