Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29885 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from a chilly and frosty Warrington. We have a nice new Tim Horton’s to drive through (not thru!) so we have some really nice coffee to accompany this Curate’s egg of a puzzle.
It looks like we have a Cephas effort today with concise clues and a pangram within the grid, which may help when you solve the puzzle.
Last Saturday was quite annoying in that we had to redact a number of posts that were giving additional answers and hints. Please remember that because this is a prize puzzle, we are limited in the number of hints we can give, which is why we try to space them around the grid to give you a start. The pictures are always some help, too. With any clue you haven’t worked out, read it carefully. It also means that Crypticsue and Rahmat Ali need not spend their valuable time analysing the puzzle in more depth afterwards.
One of the things in any newspaper cryptic crossword is that there are rarely any surplus words that do not contribute to the puzzle. In some of the more advanced themed puzzles, surplus words may indicate something as part of the theme to help with a theme or denouement.
This slot is one of the ‘easier’ puzzles to tackle so the Saturday setters are deliberately chosen for their accessibility. When was the last time you saw an Elgar Telegraph Saturday Prize puzzle? He doesn’t do very accessible. He does tough but is still scrupulously fair and accurate following in the tradition of his heroes.
So, please play nice. I’ve turned up the voltage on the new Amstrad Electric Naughty Step I bought from Amazon for Christmas, and you may be forced to sit through two Jimmy Carr shows as a punishment while sitting on it. See you next week!
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.
2 Prolonged drama, it’s an old record (8,4)
We start with the name for an old 45 rpm. A word meaning prolonged and one meaning a drama are welded together.
8 Female in north? (4)
This is one of those clues where each part of it adds up to the whole definition. Usually indicated by a question mark to show something is a little out of the box. The abbreviation for female, plus in and the compass point for north, gives you something that is a way of describing the answer.
9 Talcum powder shaken, team withdrawing in international competition (5,3)
Another type of clue you don’t see often in these puzzles, but obvious if you read the clue. Remove the word team from the phrase TALCUM POWDER and then rearrange the rest for a famous competition that can occur in a number of sports. The most famous of them all will, unusually, happen around Christmas this year.
10 Right during month to have soup (8)
The name for a type of soup that has ingredients sliced in this style is found by putting the legal word for a right inside a month of the year.
17 Range of knowledge boy had back in town in north-west (6)
A NW England town famous for something very sweet is made up of a word for knowledge plus a generic name for a boy, reversed.
24 Gain access after one’s turned round? (8)
A cryptic way of describing something you rotate to gain entry.
26 Flowery way to describe life of pleasure (8,4)
A phrase used by Mr Shakespeare in the Danish and Scottish plays. The name of a small flower and something meaning a walkway is a description of a hedonistic life.
1 Drink that’s sweet without ice (6)
This was my last one in today. The name for a sweet root without the ice
2 Be taken in by fellows not starting with Edward to be excited (9)
A word meaning to “be” is inserted in (“taken in by”) a word for “fellows” minus its first letter followed by a name derived from Edward.
4 Ben, his wellbeing could originate from modern translation of Scriptures (3,7,5)
An anagram of the first three words reveals one of the biggest selling books of all time.
5 Train continental celebrity (8)
A word for continental and one for a celebrity form the name of a famous train.
15 No time apparently when operation starts (4,4)
A word meaning no and a measure of time give a military term for the start of an operation.
16 Dance with officer supporting female hobbling (8)
A type of dance is made up of the abbreviation for female, a word meaning hobbling, and one for a military officer.
19 Strange affair, it’s binding (6)
A word I remember from my childhood when we had this in the greenhouse to tie the tomatoes to their canes. An anagram of AFFAIR.
22 Reportedly seedy gypsy’s disk (2-3)
A type of computer disk is a homophone of seedy and a word for a gypsy.
Did you breeze through it, or were you becalmed? Hope you enjoyed it and found the hints useful.
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The Quick Crossword pun: HIPPO + CRITICAL = HYPOCRITICAL
Music today is one of the mistresses of the keyboard with something beautiful.