Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29927 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from a parky, spring morning in Warrington.
We have a friendly enjoyable puzzle, probably by Cephas, which has a couple of pitfalls but nothing too stressful.
I’m in a bit of a rush today. Full explanations to follow in the full blog next weekend.
Usual rules apply, so play nicely. I have equipped Crypticsue with an extra -charged cattle prod for offenders!
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 About time skilled knights sat here? (5,5)
A word meaning about or approximate, plus an abbreviation for time, followed by something meaning skilled.
6 Where men might eat jam (4)
Double definition of a place where (army) men and women eat, and another word for a jam or pickle, but not in the food sense.
9 Adapted bowl building less wide vessel (6,4)
An anagram of adapted bowl, minus the abbreviation for wide in cricket.
12 Writer from south-east in bed? On the contrary (6)
The abbreviation for south east inside a word for a baby’s bed gives a word for a writer? No, the setter tells us, exactly the opposite. So….
15 Small walk after school to get anorak at the station? (12)
After a word meaning to school or teach, goes S for small and a word meaning to walk round aimlessly.
21 Grease sophisticated? Crude in the main (3,5)
A word for grease and one for sophisticated give something found on the surface of the sea.
27 Teenager upset with the French perfume (10)
A word meaning upset followed by an article in French and the generic name for perfume.
1 Meal starts to really excel with endless Italian food (6)
First letters of really and excel with the name for a type of Italian food, minus its last letter.
2 Lower milk containers? (6)
What a lower is in the cryptic world, an animal that lows, and where you can find their milk.
4 Some flipping yob’s appropriate court punishment (4)
Hidden and reversed.
5 Heard lies about heading to party — this is what we expect from the PM (10)
An anagram of heard lies plus the first letter of party. Think the definition could be read in several ways, given the present incumbent.
7 I came up with price right away for waste (8)
Reverse I CAME and add a word for a price but remove the first letter R.
8 Smack builders in this workplace? (8)
Think what a smack is in the non-violent sense.
11 Jumbo might show these low spirits crossing path (6,6)
Think Jumbo as an aircraft.
14 This could be found in explosive exchange critic had in leaving hospital (6,4)
An anagram of CRITIC HAD IN, minus the abbreviation for hospital.
17 Skier perhaps did this second demonstration, upset after all collapsed (8)
An unusual word. After second, goes an anagram of ALL followed by the reversal of a short version of demonstration.
23 Blubber from sea mammal, we’re told (4)
A word meaning to blubber sounds like a sea-creature (that also has blubber!)
Did you sail along smoothly, or hit choppy water? Do let us know.
I’ll see you next week.
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The Quick Crossword pun: TAY + CUR + FENCE = TAKE OFFENCE
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