Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29921 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from a chilly and sunny Warrington.
Thanks to my co-conspirators who covered for me at short notice over the past couple of weeks.
Here we go with today’s hints from a pleasant and friendly puzzle by our lovely lady setter, Chalicea. Lots of accessible clues that amuse and won’t cause a great deal of head scratching, as long as 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 hasn’t had it’s dose of Cardinal polish, so it’s not pleasant to sit upon.
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 One following another win I have (10)
Another word for a victory, plus a short way of saying I have.
8 Curious as purist finds a higher level (8)
An anagram (curious) of AS PURIST.
9 Study after tabloid backed plot (6)
A word for a study goes after the slang name for a trashy newspaper reversed (backed).
14 Fugitive on exposed jeep skirting smoky air (7)
A little complicated, so here you are. A short word that means on or about, then the inside letters of the word JEEP (i.e. without its covers). Inside this goes a short word for smoky air.
18 Finally driving unfinished road in close country (7)
The name for a familiar country (to some of us!). The last letter of driving plus the name for a road, minus its last letter (unfinished) all go inside a word for a close.
20 Wimp died; what’s on their gravestone? (4)
Another word for a weedy person. After the abbreviation for died, goes an abbreviation you find on many gravestones.
24 Coming onto the stage, fill with delight (8)
Two definitions, that’s all!
25 Gathering around essentially historical group of trees (6)
The trendy short name for a gathering of pop fans goes round the middle bit of the word HISTORICAL.
26 With great effort lifts about one ton — most weighty (8)
A word for lifting something heavy goes around the symbol for one. Add the abbreviation for ton after this.
28 Clearly record pocketing money in front of telly, oddly (10)
Inside the word for a record goes a slang word for money (think metal!) and add the odd letters of TELLY.
1 Troubled courts holding record for one creating figures (8)
An anagram (TROUBLED) of COURTS with an abbreviation for a record inside.
2 Initially coax United States to overcome mismanaged trade (6)
4 Support for paramedics? (9)
A cryptic definition!
5 Number in rowing team on Severn occasionally (8)
A word for a rowing team plus the alternate letters of SEVERN.
7 Taking sides, asked the French to note essential framework (8)
Take the sides from the word ASKED, add a French article, plus TO and an abbreviation for note. I quite like the definition.
13 Ed sent up style of writing with negative effect for subordinate (9)
Reverse Ed and add a word for writing style plus something you put into an object if you are criticising it.
19 Latterly, Romeo going for daughter in a proper fashion (8)
Take a word meaning latterly and swap an R for a D to get your answer.
22 Still holding second piece put in (6)
A scientific word describing somewhere still with the abbreviation for second within.
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The Quick Crossword pun: WAR + TERSE + KEY = WATER SKI
Music today sees us go back to one of my favourite contemporary composers and performers. Sunday afternoons at 3pm (or on the catch up for the following 7 days) on Scala Radio (https://planetradio.co.uk/scala-radio/) is a programme hosted by Alexis Ffrench and for two hours you can wallow in beautiful piano and relaxing music. Here’s another of his to unwind to.
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