Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29897 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Greetings from a damp and blustery Porthmadog.
I sneaked away for a few days break having set myself the personal challenge of riding the ten Great Little Trains of Wales. I duly booked a room here in the hub of a number of them, only to find out they are not running until the end of February/beginning of March!! So it looks like I shall go for an afternoon tea in Portmeirion.
I rather think we have another visit from our lovely lady setter today. More clues that leave you with a smile on your face, and with pleasant appreciative thoughts.
As usual, remember the forum rules, and please don’t post open hints. A full dissection by Rahmat Ali will appear in due course. I’m off for a homely Welsh breakfast and a stroll around the seafront.
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 Puzzle — cattle disease grips bird (6)
Inside the abbreviation for a disease that causes havoc with cattle goes a bird from the Antipodes.
4 Jettisons rotten, mostly base publicity items (8)
A word sum. A word meaning rotten, plus two-thirds of a word meaning base, plus a short way of saying publicity items.
10 Raised fists of Ellington and Wellington? (5)
Two definitions, one a cryptic name for raised fists and one describing Messrs E & W.
17 Building anew, deplorably cutting corners (14)
An anagram (deplorably) of cutting corners.
23 Some cricket starts with appeal ignored (7)
A word meaning starts is needed and then remove the first three letters, a word meaning appeal.
24 Scotsman caught breaking into fruit machine (9)
One of the archetypal names associated with Scotsmen and the abbreviation for caught both go inside the name of a common fruit.
26 Adventurously hanging round centre of Hebrides (8)
An adjective meaning hanging goes round the middle two letters of Hebrides.
27 Girl checks email on vacation (6)
A word meaning checks or blocks plus the first & last letters of the word email.
1 Orchestras welcoming American Democrat (Liberal) in South Dakota region (8)
A word for orchestras has inside abbreviations for American, Democrat and liberal to give an area of S Dakota, that was also the name of a very fine 1970’s film starring a young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.
5 Frivolous exploit the lady’s intellect emptily engineered (7-7)
A word for an exploit, followed by a way of describing ‘the lady’. Add a word for intellect and the first and last letters of engineered, and you have an expression for something frivolous or light.
6 Be vigilant, toilet lock ultimately not in use (4,3)
A word for a lavatory, the last letter of lock and something meaning not in use.
9 Regularly admit emphasis on remarkable flare, for example (8,6)
Alternate letters from admit, something meaning emphasis and a word that can be used to mean remarkable or distinct.
16 Incites havoc, a truly fragile thing (8)
A word meaning incites, plus something meaning havoc or chaos.
19 Insincere talk advanced with thanks for choral work (7)
The word for word that have little meaning, the abbreviation for advanced and a way of saying thanks.
22 Pleasant little drink with queen (5)
A short word meaning to drink or the name of a drink, plus the abbreviation for Her Majesty.
Was it full steam ahead, or did you hit the buffers? Thanks to Chalicea for a beautifully crafted challenge that was terrific fun.
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The Quick Crossword pun: MAR + SOUP + EELS = MARSUPIALS
Music today is something very brand new from a young musician. I heard this on Scala Radio while driving yesterday and it was just lovely. Hope you enjoy it. A new performer on me, but so amazingly talented.