Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29945 Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from sunny Warrington, where the tree in our front garden has regained its foliage in the last seven days.
Another visit from Chalicea today and today’s puzzle seems a little trickier than usual and I’m guessing we’ll have a lot more visitors because of one explanation. It feels like it may have fallen off the Tuesday Toughie shelf by mistake. It’s nice to have something more challenging. In fact, most of today’s back page puzzles are by setters known for slightly trickier puzzles. Today’s Guardian prize puzzle by Vlad is an absolute beast. The Financial Times is probably the exception by our Sunday setter.
If you are wondering around Stirling today, and spot some familiar faces, it’s the annual Listener Crossword Dinner organised brilliantly each year by Jane Teather and John Henderson (Elgar).
This year it has made a return to Scotland after a number of years. The dinner will be at the University, but if you are in the vicinity, you could meet some of your tormentors during the afternoon at the Meadowpark pub nearby from around 12 until 6pm. Do go and say hello and introduce yourself, you’ll be made very welcome. I know Chalicea will be there! Sadly, work prevents me from attending, but I will try to make next year’s. It’s a lovely event. Hopefully by the end of the year, we will be able to plan one of our gatherings.
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.
4 Angry about university recruitment, essentially, following good financial gift (8)
After the abbreviation for good goes a word meaning cross or tetchy, and inside that, you need to fit something representing a university and the middle letters (essentially) of recruitment.
8 Vitality of black feline (6)
After the abbreviation for black goes an alternative word for the snow-leopard.
11 Ceremony with religious song lacking special mysticism at heart (6)
You need to take the word for an American religious song, and remove the abbreviation for special and the middle letter of mysticism.
12 Element of regret over narcotic (8)
A word for regret reversed, plus the name of a drug.
23 Manufacturer adding barrels to stocks (8)
A cryptic definition for someone who uses barrels and stocks, but not in the way a cooper would.
24 Dreadful toccatas with each note disconnected (8)
An anagram of toccatas to give another musical term.
25 Unaccompanied student merely goes round Spain (6)
After an abbreviation for a student goes the word merely wrapped around the IVR code for Spain.
26 Abuse whisky on a trip, initially (8)
After a type of whisky goes a short word meaning on or about, plus A and the initial letter of trip.
1 Rough cover left on casing of uranium (7)
The name for a rough criminal can be found by taking the word for a cover is followed by left and the outside letters (case) of uranium.
3 The old folk, one a Gulf inhabitant (6)
An ancient word for ‘the’ plus some people and the numeral for one.
4 Rile person by acquiring their browser? (3,8,4)
Now then! I suspect some of our constant moaners will be seething about this, but it is entirely fair. An expression that means to irritate someone is found when you say that you are going acquire their animal that browses (look up the meaning of browse in any reputable dictionary. If you want to, you could rewrite the clue as ‘Be cross when fetching another’s butter?’
5 Supplies of aid from harassed prison-guard lacking working gun (8)
In the same way as last week’s clues features an anagram with an anagram of letters removed, here’s another. An anagram of PRISON-GUARD, minus an anagram of the word GUN.
6 Worry mates publicly climbing houses (5)
A reverse hidden.
15 Unruffled involving publicity for lover’s song, maybe (8)
I thought about playing Renee and Renato’s Save Your Love to illustrate this, but no-one has been that naughty this week (apart from V Putin Esq). A word for peaceful or tranquil with a short word for an advertisement inside.
17 Lack of movement as one European boards broken-down train (7)
One and the abbreviation for European goes inside an anagram of train.
22 Ornament with little loops in centre of hand-picked baby bed (5)
A type of ornamental work in crochet is made up of the middle two letters of hand-picked and the name for a baby’s bed. The pictures are always here to help.
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The Quick Crossword pun: PAY + PERT + RAIL = PAPER TRAIL
Music today is in honour of the Oscars. From a film generally regarded as one of the worst of all time (it was a sequel to a much more admired film) came this Oscar nomination, and it’s simply lovely. Enjoy.