Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29862 (Hints)
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Tilsit has been called into work again today as apparently chaos reigns as 30% of trains have been cancelled! I suppose that’s one way of preventing people spreading the Omicron variant!
A pangram with lots of anagrams – this is surely the work of Cephas!
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.
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Some hints follow.
4a Air dozen composed in very dry area (4,4)
The first of several anagrams – this one of the first two words in the clue, as indicated by ‘composed’
8a Bishop takes turn to include current film (1-5)
The chess abbreviation for Bishop and a turn into which is inserted the symbol for electrical current
12a Like Don is extravagantly chivalrous (8)
Like the character in the Cervantes romance novel who gave his name to an adjective meaning extravagantly chivalrous
19a There is love in this for Pansy (8)
The solution goes with words three and four in the clue to give us another name for the pansy flower – the capital P being there to mislead the solver!
26a Poet‘s game reportedly working (8)
A homophone (reportedly) of a game and a simple way of saying working
1d Large volume of transport (7)
A large book or a more formal name for a type of transport
6d Bishop in animal park finds fox (5)
The abbreviation for bishop inserted into an animal park produces a South American fox
18d Having a second drink in pub in an accustomed way (2,5)
A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for second followed by one’s habitual drink in a pub
20d A Parisian in theatre box finding room (6)
The French indefinite article inserted into an originally French word for a box in a theatre or opera house
22d Groom occasionally cries entering enclosure (5)
The occasional letters of cRiEs ‘entering’ an enclosure
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The Quick Crossword pun: CHEW + CHOOSE = CHOO-CHOOS