Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29856 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Greetings from a damp and dreary Warrington where the weather really doesn’t know what to do. Thanks to Senf for covering last Saturday while I was having to work. It’s still pretty hectic and I’m now nursing a dose of cellulitis, but hey ho!
And once again, we have our lovely lady setter on duty with a friendly puzzle that was pleasant with my porridge this morning.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, an assortment of clues, including some of the more difficult ones, have been selected and hints provided for them.
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.
4 Shook with cold three times as much around start of March (8)
We start with the word for multiplying three times around the first letter of March.
8 Last goal not oddly hurried (6)
A word for a goal or aim takes the even (not oddly) letters of HURRIED.
12 Main computer network in roof space (8)
The name for one of the world’s great waterways (that sort of ‘main’) is found by taking the name for a roof space in your home and adding the abbreviation for a type of computer network.
16 World’s response when Conservative comes to fore (8)
One of the trickier ones. A biblical-type name for the world is found by taking a word for a response and moving the C (Conservative) from the middle of the word to the start (comes to fore).
19 Ride with team travelling the Circle Line (8)
Nice clue. An anagram of RIDE and TEAM gives you a line found in a circle.
21 Cut into pieces parasitic insects inside coat of seed (6)
The name of horrible insects goes inside the outer letters (coat) of the word SEED.
23 Natural ability of a quiet little bird you’d picked up (8)
A word for someone’s innate ability is found by solving a Word Sum. Take A + the musical abbreviation for quiet + the name of a small bird + a three letter homophone of you’d.
26 Workers keep score using brainpower (8)
Something meaning workers, plus a word meaning to keep score.
1 Insignificant people in dissenting cliques (7)
A slang type word for insignificant people or lowlife is found by taking IN and adding the word for a group of dissenters.
2 A lake in alpine country or a distant one (9)
A, plus the abbreviation for lake goes inside the name of a European country to get somewhere farther and much in today’s sporting news.
5 Fellow losing head over electronic band’s recording (8)
The word for a fellow loses its first letter (to help, it’s a G) add an abbreviation for electronic and a type of band.
14 Intermittently encounter nitwit; truly gutless lightweight (9)
The alternate letters of two words from the clue, plus the outer letters of TRULY.
15 Toy’s success with daughter followed by grind (8)
Something meaning success, plus a letter that means daughter and add a word meaning grind.
17 To ease burden, consider having change of leader (7)
Take something that means consider and change its first letter to get the answer.
22 Royal entourage overheard in conversation (5)
The people who look after Her Maj can be a homophone for something meaning overheard.
As usual, remember to play nicely and don’t reveal answers. The naughty step beckons for those who do and there’s no Christmas cake with Lancashire cheese (mmmm) for you.
How did you find it? As easy as pie, or tough as stale stollen? Let us know, but no direct answering please.
Thanks to our lovely lady and I hope to see you next week.
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The Quick Pun: OWE + FEN + SIEVE = OFFENSIVE
Music today is celebrating the life of Mike Nesmith, whom we lost this week. And is something you may never have heard of before. It’s rather beautiful.
and from his post-Monkee career: