Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29844 (Hints)
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Greetings from a wind-battered Warrington.
Thanks to the gang for covering for me over the past few weeks.
I am in work covering for unwell colleagues, so it is a brief one, I am afraid.
It looks like today’s puzzle is the work of our lovely lady setter. It felt a little more like a Tuesday Toughie, and with a couple of obscure words and alternate spellings. Very enjoyable stuff, though. I did like the quickie pun, too!
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 Father had potato cooked immediately (2,3,4,2,1,3)
Something meaning immediately is an anagram of FATHER HAD POTATO.
8a Pack maybe last bit of mango into pastry dish (5)
Insert the last letter of the word MANGO into a type of pastry dish to give something that comes in a pack.
12a Not completely comprehend every cry expressing derision (7)
A word meaning to hear or comprehend needs to lose its last letter, then add something meaning ‘every’.
15a Daughter going into revamped classier data storage system (5,4)
Something that is used to store large amounts of data (and for music and films, for a short-lived time in the 80’s!) is found by taking the abbreviation for daughter and inserting into an anagram of CLASSIER.
20a Crumbly cheese’s matte finish partly making a comeback (5)
A hidden reversal for an alternative spelling of this cheese
23a Display resistance then help strike (3-4)
A word meaning show or display, followed by the abbreviation for resistance, and then something meaning help.
25a Spooner’s at large — trek to find amphibian! (4,4)
Spooner clues are usually found in the more advanced puzzles, but an odd one now and then is fine. You take a phrase and then clue it as though it was being said by the Rev Spooner, who used to get his words in a mess. BIRD WATCHING would become WORD BOTCHING. So here, the name of an amphibian would become a phrase meaning to be at large and a word meaning to trek.
27a Stupidly had a ham arms race — somewhat dippy! (3,2,1,5,4)
A phrase meaning mildly loopy is an anagram of HAD A HAM ARMS RACE.
1d Mutableness of shifting bilaterality (12)
An anagram (shifting) of BILATERALITY.
4d Commotion mostly in genuine rejection (7)
A word meaning commotion needs to lose its last letter (mostly) and goes inside something referring to genuine.
5d Showy sites of entertainment in buildings around America (7)
Types of buildings go around one of the several abbreviations for America.
10d Severely bruised group accepting deficiency; subsequently dismal (5,3,4)
Inside the word for a (musical) group goes a word for a deficiency. Add something meaning dismal and with a bit of letter tweaking you get an expression meaning severely bruised.
14d Equipped and cued actor to dance (9)
An anagram of CUED ACTOR.
18d Bury that chap (not husband) in time between events (7)
A word meaning to bury and something meaning that man, minus the abbreviation for husband.
19d Brag noisily of small bet involving golf (7)
The abbreviation for small, plus a word for a bet with G (golf) inside.
24d Region circling new sphere of action (5)
A word for a region goes around the abbreviation for north.
Thanks to our lovely lady for today’s challenge. Hope you enjoyed it. Leave your thoughts and let us know.
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Music today is a tribute to the marvellous composer and lyricist and cruciverbalist Stephen Sondheim, who passed away yesterday at the age of 91. He was a keen cryptic crossword solver and you can see some of the puzzles he compiled on his website.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pry+vats+cool=private school