Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29808 (Hints)
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Greetings! A very quick blog today as I am on my way into the office to help out as we are short staffed at work.
This arrived two days ago and is the latest edition of an indispensable friend for fans of the black and white grid. Alongside the Chambers Dictionary (the Big Red Book), my two constant solving companions. This history of Mrs Bradford’s magnum opus is well-documented, but she has had to have help from her daughter with this year’s issue.
Back to the puzzle, it’s a pangram and it looks like the work of Cephas.
As usual, play nicely and follow the site rules, the naughty step may be decidedly soggy today and you don’t want a wet bum.
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 Medieval tournament, not old, is fair (4)
We start with the name for a medieval tournament and remove the abbreviation for old.
8a Plainchant in service (8)
The words for something plain and a type of chant when joined give the name of a church service.
9a Right in front of you and me, hard apple (6)
An abbreviation for right, a short word meaning you and me and a word with a huge number of definitions in the Big Red Book (the most of any word), one of which is hard (think custard!). All joined together they give the name of an apple.
13a Toil with same ground that is most fertile (8)
An anagram (ground) of TOIL and SAME gives a gardening term associated with soil.
19a Reportedly eavesdrop in this direction (4,4)
A phrase meaning in this direction is a homophone of a word meaning eavesdrop.
21a Gossip with school facing lows, it’s said (8)
This is in the new Bradford’s. The abbreviation for a school and a homophone for the noises made by cattle (that sort of low).
23a Subtle difference when one’s leaving pest (6)
Take the word for a pest and remove I and S (one’s).
25a Pastime building card-castle (4-6)
An anagram of CARD-CASTLE gives a hobby.
26a Weather when sun god is not out? (4)
A type of weather is made up of the name of the (Egyptian) sun-god, and something that isn’t out.
1d Couple jibe endlessly about average man in the street (3,6)
An anagram of COUPLE and JIB[E], minus the last letter.
2d Number of orders booked many years ago (3,12)
A cryptic definition for something found in a very old book.
5d Hurried round fish, kept it moist (7)
Something meaning hurried goes around a fish with a very distinctive appearance.
6d Judging people’s feelings is what one might be doing getting into bath (7,3,5)
If you were checking to see if the bath contents weren’t too hot or cold, you’d be doing this.
7d Old province of birth (5)
A word meaning ‘of birth’ is the name of an old province of S Africa.
17d Round bit? (3)
Cryptic definition for part of a circle.
18d Be first individual to enter wharf (7)
A word for an individual item goes inside that of a wharf.
20d Not easily disturbed by question and answer in rising river (7)
The abbreviations for question and answer go inside the name of a German river reversed.
21d Young fellow in charge of sound (5)
The name for a young chap and the abbreviation for in charge.
Did you find it smooth as silk, or the roughest hessian? As usual, we’d like to hear your thoughts and I am sure we will have a visit from the setter later.
Remember as usual, to play nicely and avoid being put on the naughty step. I’ll see you next Saturday.
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