Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29891 (Hints)
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Good morning from Warrington.
Here we go with today’s hints from a friendly puzzle by our lovely lady setter, Chalicea. Lots of accessible clues that shouldn’t cause a great deal of head-scratching if you read each clue carefully and follow what you are being asked to tackle to get the answer.
The usual request to play nicely and follow the guidelines by not giving inappropriate hints. The naughty step beckons and it has a suitably charged cattle-prod for the miscreants.
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.
1 OTT for film stars in a muddle throughout (4,5,2,4)
An anagram (in a muddle) of OTT FOR FILM STARS leads you to an expression for throughout an event.
11 Fail actors, like some models? (3-4)
An expression that could describe some models, but not the catwalk kind. A word meaning to fail or finish plus one for a group of actors.
13 Wander but not at first in leisurely walk (5)
Something meaning to wander needs to lose its first letter.
15 Armistice — constant calm following fury (9)
An abbreviation for a mathematical constant, plus something meaning to calm or settle, the abbreviation for following and a word for fury and passion.
20 Great ledges partly receding in river estuary (5)
One of the three hidden reversed answers in the across clues. If you are stuck on a clue – check it’s not one of them!
21 Such a team, say, of top performers, can all also start with no restraints (3-4)
If you remove the first and last letters of four words in the clue (with no restraints) you’ll get an expression for a group of famous people who work together.
23 70 per cent of French island drink (7)
Find the ten-letter name of a French island in the Caribbean and take the first seven letters to get the name of a drink that is not as trendy as it used to be.
25 Desert animal has trouble going round bush (8)
The name for a bush is that of an animal found in the desert, plus something meaning trouble reversed.
27 NATO triennially reassembled involving many different countries (15)
An anagram (reassembled) of NATO TRIENNIALLY
1 Flash Daimler constructed for top military officer (5,7)
An anagram of FLASH DAIMLER gives a top-ranking army person.
3 Fuss at first about each man who is under no compulsion (4,5)
Someone who is not required to do something may be said to be this. The first letter of fuss, the short abbreviated word for about, a short way of saying each and a word for a man.
5 Music created by jazz aficionado wearing new coat (7)
A word for a jazz fan ‘wears’ (has around it) an anagram of coat. If you are still stuck, see below.
7 Typical of writer, dreadful hot air interrupting a university student (9)
An anagram of HOT AIR goes inside (interrupting) A and an abbreviation for university and one for student.
14 Splendid fish pursued by one worker (9)
A type of fish (often pan-fried and seared on TV cookery shows)and add one and a word relating to worker in most cryptic puzzles (can also indicate soldier, similarly).
24 Dream of trade supporting India (5)
A word meaning trade goes after (supporting) the NATO alphabet abbreviation for India.
Was it all neat and smooth or were you shaken and stirred? Thanks to Chalicea for an enjoyable challenge. The lovely Crypticsue will be along with her full analysis after the closing date next week.
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The Quick Crossword pun: WART + ERR + FOUL = WATER FOWL
We haven’t had a mad organist on the loose for a while, but there’s one today…
They could have at least applauded him! See you next week!