Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29915 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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It’s me again. Britain runs of rail (is/was a tag line for rail operations) – but only if Tilsit is in a call centre helping passengers after a major storm has caused chaos.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing but the important parts are here for what I am reasonably certain is a Floughie Lady production.
Candidates for favourite – 10a, 24a, and 7d.
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 4 will be another by Robyn – so it looks like we might have a ‘tag team’ for the new prize puzzles.
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 Somewhat evident if you recognise what a thing is (8)
We start with a lurker (somewhat) found in three words in the clue.
5a Singular units of measure for beams (6)
The single letter for singular and the units of measure travelled by cars in the UK and the USA but not in Canada.
9a Precise brief conjecture whenever in charge (8)
The shortened form (brief) of a synonym of conjecture, a two letter synonym of whenever, and the abbreviated form of in charge.
16a Achievement of one who inherits disregarding gold (7)
A single term for one who inherits (a position or title?) with the letters for (heraldic) gold removed (disregarding).
24a Cure small donkey (5)
The single letter for small and a slang term for a donkey.
25a Advancing copyright in designs produces these responses (9)
Find a synonym for designs and then move (advancing) the abbreviation for copyright (several places to the right).
27a Labels balance sheet including Durban’s currency (6)
The abbreviation for balance sheet (BRB verified) containing (including) the currency of the country that Durban is a city in.
30a Most recently arrived surprisingly gutsy one (8))
An anagram (surprisingly) of GUTSY ONE.
1d Press is and isn’t organised (6))
An anagram (organised) of IS and ISN’T.
4d Little folks‘ charity bazaar is gathering energy (7)
A single word for charity bazaar and IS from the clue containing (gathering) the single letter for energy.
7d Auditor of catalogue before intermittently lean years (8)
Not a homophone – a synonym of catalogue placed before some alternate letters (intermittently) from lean years.
8d Uncertainty of opinion about US policies primarily (8)
A synonym of opinion containing (about) all of US from the clue and the first letter (primarily) of Policies.
15d Give up on French and translate (9)
The French for ON and a synonym of translate.
18d Lacking knowledge, I storm angrily about disorderly NGO (8)
I from the clue and a single word for storm angrily containing a rearrangement (disorderly) of NGO – there is no way that I can call that an anagram.
21d Shock cleaner? (7)
A cleaner for one’s shock (called barnet by some).
26d Unsure about husband’s old character (5)
Potentially an oldie but goodie – a synonym of unsure containing the single letter for husband.
The caption and the description (if you select the Watch on YouTube option) say it all:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
POUR + CHEW + GAL = PORTUGAL
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