Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29873 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Greetings from Warrington and a very happy new year to you all from me and my lovely sidekick, Dexter, who has his own way of wishing you well!
Let’s start the year in the company of our lovely lady Chalicea who welcomes us into 2022 with a reasonably friendly challenge today.
Because this is a prize puzzle, we are back to selecting clues for hints again. There are some pretty smart anagrams on duty today, so they should give you a good foothold.
If you are stuck for something else to tackle, take a look at today’s Guardian puzzle by the wonderful Brian Greer. Once again, a pretty amazing grid construction. It’s available here and you can win a prize with it! https://crosswords-static.guim.co.uk/gdn.cryptic.20220101.pdf. It’s a decent day for puzzles with a pretty good Independent puzzle as well.
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.
Off we go with today’s hints..
1 Technocrat ordered military garment (6,4)/span>
We start with one of the nice anagrams I mentioned earlier.
8 Unusually heartless, collecting proof of debts in a horrible manner (8)
Inside a word meaning unusually, minus its central letter, goes an abbreviation representing items that show debts.
10 Press cold youth resistant to change (8)
Something that means to press, plus the abbreviation for cold and a word for a youth. This word could also refer to an old battleship or similar.
12 Oscar accepted by that woman in Oxford? (4)
Inside a female pronoun goes a letter from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet. This reveals something that an Oxford is a type of.
18 Examine and analyse ordinary copyright in newspapers (7)
Inside a generic name for newspapers abbreviation for ordinary and copyright.
23 Thoroughgoing street half cut off regularly in city (6)
Take half of Street and replace the rest with the alternate letters of IN CITY.
24 Important deal announced for part of propulsion system (8)
Something that may help propel you is a word meaning important and a homophone of a word for a deal in retail business.
28 Resort to guessing for this hint (10)
An anagram (resort) of TO GUESSING.
1 Sadly dowdiest having multiple aspects (3-5)
Another anagram of DOWDIEST.
3 Grasp chickens? (6)
A word meaning grasp and a group of chickens (or their babies).
5 Stable and occasionally strong anaesthetic (8)
The alternate letters of STRONG and the name for an early anaesthetic.
6 Loving upright type getting endless credit (8)
The name for a style of font or typeface and a sland word for credit, minus its last letter.
7 Chooses for office fellows replacing Conservative constituents (8)
Take a word meaning chooses for office and swap something meaning fellows for the abbreviation for a Tory.
17 Dogs receiving large decisive blows (8)
Inside the name for breeds of dogs goes an abbreviation for large.
21 Bags holding northern nibbles (6)
Inside a word meaning bags goes a short way of saying northern.
22 Speak hesitantly ahead of answer I repeatedly state (6)
The name of a US state is found by taking an unusual word meaning to hesitate, plus an abbreviation for answer, and two I’s.
Was it a first footing through the puzzle or did you stumble around? I hope the former.
Thanks to Chalicea for the entertaining workout to start the year. I’m off to start my annual challenge of tackling the Listener Crossword each week through the year and see if I can get past the end of February (I ignore the mathematical ones!). The first one of the year is usually friendly and I note it’s by a favourite setter. Wish me luck!
Some music to start the year and let’s have something that won’t trouble the hangover. A beautiful version of a lovely song. See you next week!
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The Quick Crossword pun: WHO + DENE + KNEE = HOUDINI