Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29933 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Tilsit is attending to an urgent family matter so I am subbing for him once more.
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 another Floughie Lady production.
Candidates for favourite – 6a, 18a, 28a, and 21d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them, including a bonus hint for the ’round ball challenged’ at 27a. Thinking of weekend prize crosswords – CL tells us on the DT Puzzles Website that Sunday Toughie Number 7 will be another by Robyn.
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 Admonisher unexpectedly reconciled (10)
An anagram (unexpectedly) of ADMONISHER.
6a Third note followed by second note (4)
The anglicised spelling of the third note in the Solfège system of learning musical scales followed by two letters that can mean second (as a brief amount of time).
10a Dogged son had had a debt (8)
The single letter for Son, HAD (the first one) from the clue, and a past participle for had a debt.
14a Essential constituent of diet for one in ten (7)
A three letter (Latin) synonym of for and TEN from the clue containing the Roman numeral for one – we had the plural of this answer a couple of days ago, Thursday if memory serves.
18a Environs of ancient area of land captivate (7)
The first and last letters (environs) of AncienT and a term we should all recognize for an area of land.
24a Underage person grasping cross bullish monster (8)
The term for someone who has not reached the age of majority containing (grasping) a three letter term for a type of cross.
26a Different forms of volume and notes from time to time limiting melody (8)
The single letter for volume and three alternate letters (from time to time) from notes containing (limiting) a type of melody (performed by a soloist in an opera).
27a International leaves footballer in difficulty (4)
The bonus hint – the single letter for international is deleted from (leaves) the surname of a round ball player.
28a Resolves to prevent explosive devices (10)
A synonym of prevent and types of explosive devices (that may used on land or at sea).
1d Trouble with stern on vessel (8)
A synonym of stern placed before (on) a type of water borne vessel.
4d Popular English stage worker lacking in good taste (9)</br />
Lego time – the two letter popular synonym for popular, the single letter for English, a synonym of stage (in a type of race), and one of our usual tiny workers.
6d Person making proposal involving source of metal as a further matter (8)
A synonym of the term for a person making a proposal containing (involving) the term for the source of any metal (dug out of the ground).
15d Poison that could make ten Arabs unwell (8)
An anagram (that could make . . . unwell) of TEN ARABS.
17d Lonely single very excited to go topless (8)
More Lego – the number that is represented by single in cricket, a two letter synonym of very, and a synonym of excited with its first letter removed (topless).
21d Singular repugnance for reactive element (6)
The single letter for singular and a synonym of repugnance.
22d We hear member of cathedral staff is a great gun (6)
We finish with a homophone (we hear) of a member of a cathedral’s staff.
A fine example of the 26a melody:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
RAY + KNEE + DAZE = RAINY DAYS
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