Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29957 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from sunny Warrington, on a special crossword day, and one for the fans of the gee-gees with the Aintree Grand National.
First things first, today we celebrate the 1500th crossword in the Daily Telegraph set by Peter Chamberlain. Congratulations to him on the milestone!
As usual, the crossword is a pangram, which will probably help you with one of the clues, to a phrase I had never heard before.
There is a mention from the Editor in today’s newspaper puzzle.
‘Congratulations to today’s compiler, Peter Chamberlain, on reaching the milestone of 1500 Telegraph Crosswords. Peter made his debut in 1986, and since then has been one of our regular Saturday compilers.’
In honour of today’s race, Miffypops is going to organise a sort of sweepstake. He will randomly allocate a horse to the first forty posters and the winning poster will receive a million pounds and a luxury mansion, er… the adoration of their fellow competitors. Good luck!
As usual play nicely and even though it’s nice weather, it’s a bit chilly to be consigned to the naughty step. Right, on with the motley and let’s go…
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 Brown medicine I swallowed (6)
The name for a pod that keeps you on the move with an I inside.
9 Charlie’s excited consuming a new cheese (10)
The name of my favourite cheese, delicious with Christmas cake, is found by rearranging CHARLIE’S and A + N (a new)
10 Joseph with some cans of beer for average man in USA (3,7)
A shortened form of the name, plus the name for half a dozen cans of beer gives you a name for an Average American. No doubt Rahmat will expand on this in his blog on the puzzle when it’s published.
14 Habit that’s extremely tense and exciting (4-6)
Something that is tense and exciting to watch may be this, and it’s also a habit that I have sadly manage to sustain throughout my life.
17 Plant unknown agent in front (7)
You are not looking for anything in the garden, but a word for an agent in, say, a report into causes of an event plus one of the two letters used to represent mathematical unknowns.
22 Be idle with the French gazetteer included (4)
Inside the word for ‘the’ in French goes the name of a famous gazetteer now redundant due to satnavs.
23 Rider’s request upset Scotsman (10)
An anagram (upset) of REQUEST, plus the archetypal name for a Scotsman.
26 Approaching a fifty majority (6)
A plus the Roman numeral for 50
2 Mediator flabbergasted with me: that’s excessive! (10)
An anagram of MEDIATOR and ME gives you the answer.
3 Endless worthless talent (4)
Take a two-word expression meaning talentless or the point of Katie Price and chop off the last letter, join the two words to get something meaning talent.
4 Princess, one in port (10)
Inside the name for a member of the Royal family who to me, has always seemed to fit the role, goes the numeral for one.
7 Greek character, after the due time, left individual collector initially concerned with this hobby (10)
A word meaning related to a particular hobby, is found by taking the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, add a word meaning tardy and the first letter of three words.
15 Cooking thus, US barman used an acid salt (6,4)
A word meaning cooking, plus a short word meaning thus, add a nice definition for an American barman, i.e., someone called to the bar, and you get another name for good old bicarb.
16 Their charges are usually small (10)
Cryptic definition of someone who looks after tiny tots.
23 Outsider’s advantage (4)
Someone who was on the outside may have this advantage
24 Space to tie up (4)
A word meaning space is a word meaning to tie up a boat, reversed.
Thanks to Peter for today’s challenge and once again, congratulations on the milestone. I’ll see you next Saturday.
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The Quick Crossword pun: BLISS + STIRRING = BLISTERING
Here’s a piece of music that is joyous and uplifting to celebrate.