Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29826 (Hints)
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Tilsit has sent another cry for help this morning. He’s not at work this time but has gone out and left his completed hints at home on his laptop. It would be interesting to know whether the clues he chose to hint correspond with my selection.
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 Reformed bachelor’s wife or, some say, what life could be (1,4,2,8)
We start with an anagram (reformed) of BACHELOR’S WIFE OR.
11a Haunt Chinese ethnic group with painful disease (7)
Haunt here is a noun, i.e. a frequented place. It’s a charade of an old Chinese dynasty and a disease affecting the feet.
12a Food supplier of three queens? (7)
The first of the three queens is an animal.
15a Jazz fans holding a thorough search for dark passages (9)
An old slang term for jazz fans contains A (from the clue) and a word for a thorough and methodical search.
21a Type of cocktail losing crushed ice in shaky locomotive (7)
This is a subtractive anagram. Remove the letters of ICE from an anagram (shaky) of LOCOMOTIVE. ‘Crushed’ here is indicating that the letters of ice are not in the prescribed order.
27a Making an arrangement, states animosity must change (15)
Another 15-letter anagram (sigh!) – this is an anagram (must change) of STATES ANIMOSITY.
1d Chaotically cash in on arms. Colts given to Normans, say (12)
An anagram (chaotically) of CASH IN ON ARMS.
14d Fruit products — leading items (9)
Stick together a fruit that we tend to see at Christmas and a word for products or brands available for sale. The answer often appear at the top of news items.
18d Nice region I found in such as Mississippi area (7)
Nice is the first word of the clue here to disguise the fact that it has to be capitalised. Insert I in what the Mississippi is an example of and finish with the abbreviation for area.
24d Is rubbish turning up in trunks? (5)
Stitch together IS (from the clue) and a synonym for rubbish! or balderdash! Then reverse it all (turning up in a down clue). The answer is a slightly unusual plural.
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