Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29850 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours. Yesterday evening, well afternoon my time, Tilsit asked me if I could cover for him today as he was ‘feeling really under the weather,’ so here I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing but the important parts are here and a little bird has told me that it is probably a Floughie Lady ‘production.’
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 20a, and 14d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
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 Top team at a disadvantage, in total confusion (6-4)
Three pieces of Lego required – a two letter synonym of top, a synonym of team, and a single word equivalent to at a disadvantage.
9a Unfinished in short competition, allowed time finally (10)
Now it’s four pieces of Lego – IN from the clue, an abbreviated (short) form of competition, a synonym of allowed, and the last letter (finally) of timE.
15a Commons’ terseness conceals fiendish things (8)
A lurker (conceals) found in two words in the clue.
20a Muslim with Parisian is most genial (8)
A Muslim following one of the two main branches of Islam and (with) the French (Parisian) for is.
23a Male opponents involved in a welcome contract (9)
A term for male opponents (as in RD’s favourite board game?) contained by (involved in) the combination of A from the clue and a verbal synonym of welcome.
24a Curving branch of circling body of water (4)
The reversal (circling) of a (small, enclosed?) body of water.
27a Unusually impressive, allowing freedom of behaviour (10)
An anagram (unusually) of IMPRESSIVE.
29a Shows concerning gifts (10)
The two letter preposition equivalent to concerning and a synonym of gifts.
1d Raised money used at first for single item (4)
The reversal (raised) of all of a slang term for money and the initial (at first) letter of Used.
3d Gave proof of evil spirits, taunted principally and scolded (12)
A type of evil spirits, the first letter (principally) of Taunted, and a synonym of scolded (definition 2 of the word needed for the answer in the BRB).
5d Cautious about tea mostly over-diluted (6)
A synonym of cautious containing (about) TEa with the last letter deleted (mostly).
8d Incorporating art, working sappers produce replacement components (5,5)
An anagram (working) of SAPPERS containing (incorporating) ART from the clue.
14d Vehicles to drive with patience, it’s said (10)
The plural of a type of vehicle used for transporting (to drive with) a homophone (it’s said) of patience.
21d Endless memos stir dons’ agitation of mind (7)
Delete the first and last letters (endless) of three words in the clue.
25d Favourites slowly walk up (4)
A single word for slowly walk reversed (up) – I wasn’t sure why ‘slowly’ was in the clue, but ‘slowly walk’ is in the BRB entry for the word to be reversed, so heigh-ho.
An energetic performance from the James Last Orchestra, and some of the audience:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
NICE + SET + EASE = NICETIES
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