Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29909 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Another Saturday when you have not slept for over 24 hours. Yesterday evening, well afternoon my time, Tilsit asked me if I could cover for him today as he has medical and dental matters to attend to so here I am standing, or should it be sitting, in again.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing but the important parts are here for what, as it is a pangram, I suspect is a Cephas production.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 23a, and 16d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them. Thinking of weekend prize crosswords – CL tells us on the DT Puzzles Website that Sunday Toughie Number 3 will be another by proXimal!
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in RED at the bottom of the hints!
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:
1a The only place to pack, as a precaution? (4,2,4)
A double definition, I think – the first is the only place to pack when one might only have one piece of luggage.
8a I landed amongst new army – the army! (8)
I from the clue and the past tense of a verb meaning to land inserted into (amongst) an anagram (new) of ARMY.
9a Stop said form of payment (6)
A homophone (said) of a synonym of stop.
18a Relatively favourable tip once dubious (7)
An anagram (dubious) of TIP ONCE.
23a Second prophet with a snack (6)
The single letter for Second (of time), an OT prophet, and (with) A from the clue.
24a Dish from southern United Kingdom and two from Rome embracing Asian beast (8)
Lego time – the single letter that can represent Southern, the abbreviated form of United Kingdom, and the Roman numeral for two (two from Rome) containing an Asian beast (animal).
26a Honour a pass received by apprentice falling short (8)
A from the clue and a three letter (mountain) pass contained (received) by a synonym of apprentice with the last letter removed (falling short).
28a It’s a shocking thing to be screened (6,4)
A genre of something that is screened (as in shown to an audience).
1d Those taking part should be prepared for this rally (8)
‘Buried’ in the clue is the motto of a youth organization, and members (those taking part) of that organization (used to?) attend a type of rally.
2d Welcome Sarah, leading North American (6)
A three letter diminutive form of Sarah placed before (leading) a North American (indigenous person).
4d Magazine with chapter on painting band (9)
The single letter for Chapter placed on a three letter term for painting and a synonym of band – Hmm!.
6d Short view over a city in outline of plot (8)
A synonym of view with its last letter deleted (short) placed before (over) A from the clue and a well known (carnival) city.
16d One separated from men about to enter dodgy club on base (8)
The two letters for (army) men and a single letter for about inserted into (to enter) a term for a dodgy (night) club followed by (on) the letter used to represent base (of one form of logarithms).
17d Hen and rat running wild round extreme characters in pilgrimage centre (8)
An anagram (running wild) HEN and RAT containing (round) the extreme characters of the alphabet.
22d Expedition in South Africa, some distance inland initially (6)
The two letter abbreviated form of South Africa, a three letter term for some distance, and the first letter (initially) of Inland.
Amazing Grace without bagpipes and, oh, it’s a Canadian ensemble:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
CORE + POUR + ASIAN = CORPORATION
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