Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29939 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from a charming spring morning in Warrington.
Thanks again 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 another pleasant and friendly puzzle by our lovely lady setter, Chalicea. As usual, lots of accessible clues that won’t cause a great deal of head scratching and will make you smile. Just remember to 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. You don’t want to end up on the naughty step, you really don’t.
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 Backchat and criticism for a cosmetic (8)
Two slang words for backchat and hard criticism join together to give something to help beauty.
5 Trousers, with top trimmed, might contain these (4)
A slang word for trousers, with its first letter removed gives something that can be found inside, in an expression.
10 Utilise printer’s measurement stratagem (6)
There are a number of words from the heyday of the printing industry that survive in Crosswordland, even though most of us now get our puzzles on line. Here we have the name of a measurement used by a printer. This one, if you are interested is the name for one 16-point space in a 16-point font. (Still awake?). Anyway, that measurement is used here and is added to the name for a stratagem (and a very fine setter of barred crosswords). Anorak off. If these are not in the vault, they should be!
11 Organisation of Easter Sunday not seen, sadly, on this earlier day (8)
Anorak back on. This is a rare example of an anagram that needs a word removed to give you the answer. In Crosswordland, rules dictate that if those letters are not in order when you remove them, they need an anagram indicator as well. Here you need to remove the letters of the word SEEN from EASTER SUNDAY with sadly being the anagram indicator, and then rearrange what’s left using the anagram indicator ‘organisation’. A very fine example unlike many of these clues, they don’t normally read well. Wake up!
18 Virology crudely interrupted by America using force? (10)
An anagram of virology and the abbreviation for America inside.
22 Submerges in river in undulating pasture-land (6)
The abbreviation for river inside a type of flatland found around the south of England.
24 In an orderly way, almost, with time for beginning of romance (6)
A word meaning almost where you swap the abbreviation for time with the first letter of romance.
25 Structures carrying transport through channels (8)
A Latin word meaning through, plus a word meaning channels.
27 In no particular place when year changes (8)
An anagram of WHEN YEAR.
2 Quietly enraged buccaneer (6)
The abbreviation for quiet and a word meaning enraged.
3 Man going into Conservative hypothesis (6)
A pronoun associated with a man goes inside a slang word for a Conservative voter. (This analysis has been written out of respect to a tedious bore who took me to task for being unkind to our honest and decent Prime Minister).
6 Many hesitant words interrupting common sense (8)
Two short words used as signs of hesitation go inside a word for common sense (or ‘we’ in French).
7 Use up about a pound on birds now and then — very impressive (8)
A word meaning to use up money goes round the symbol for a pound. Add to this the alternate letters from the word BIRDS.
9 Runs away from skirmish in the wild (4)
A word meaning a skirmish (as in ___ with the law) needs the abbreviation for runs removed to give a wild place.
15 Testimony of English study in immorality (8)
After the abbreviation for English goes a word for study inside something meaning immorality.
17 Press caught youngster resistant to change (4-4)
A word meaning to press, followed by the cricketing abbreviation for caught and a word for a young person. This gives an expression meaning resistant to change or a name for some types of warships.
21 Schemes of identification for low islands (4)
Two definitions. Think Florida for the islands.
Everything come up roses? Or muck and nettles? Let us know your thoughts and as usual, please play nicely.
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The Quick Crossword pun: RUE + LET + WEAL = ROULETTE WHEEL
Music today sums up feelings of the world as it is at the moment. See you next week.