Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29963 Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Good morning from sunny Warrington. It looks like Cephas is making a quick return with his 1,501st puzzle. It’s a pangram and has all the hallmarks of his cluing. A couple of the clues don’t quite seem to hit the spot, but maybe I am being a bit foggy this morning.
My week has been somewhat restricted. I tested positive on Sunday after my visit to the hospital and after two years of taking every precaution no to get it, I ended up with the wretched COVID. I’m still feeling a bit rubbish and cannot do anything yet, as I tested positive once more yesterday. It’s not as bad as most, I guess, but I have the really fuzzy, foggy, aching head, various aching joints, a nasty cough, and worst of all, I can’t taste anything.
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.
7 Would this hot spell raise sea temperature? (8)
This spell of hot weather might well, if split 4,4, be able to raise the sea temperature
9 Briefly state one’s game (6)
The short name for a US state (The Volunteer State) and the possessive form of the number one.
12 No longer required, it is still in the supermarket (2,3,5)
If you are this, you are surplus to requirements, and if so, where you’d be found in a supermarket.
14 Stupid for the most part, that’s 12! (4)
If you take four-fifths of a word meaning stupid, you get a word meaning part of the answer to 12.
17 Flashy black marketeer personalities back (4)
The word for a shady salesman from wartime is the reverse of an acronym for celebs.
18 Sewer suffering same strain (10)
In the way that a river could be said to be a flower, one that flows. So here… the definition is an anagram of same, plus a word meaning strain.
23 Spots city maze complex (6)
The postcode representing part of London (the East Central bit), plus an anagram of maze.
24 Lounge Dad and I included, it’s sweet (8)
A word meaning to lounge around, plus a word for Father, with I dropped in between them.
1 Ticket’s about to go (6)
A short word meaning about and a word meaning a go in a game.
3 Going from one side to the other in the French game (8)
If you traverse from one side to another, you go this way. Place that inside a French article. You get the name of a sport.
6 Referring to one that is extraordinary (8)
A double definition. Something that is one of a kind can be described as this, as well as something that is extraordinary, unique.
8 Old iron part in package sent by special messenger (7,6)
A short prefix meaning former, a large type of iron, and something linked with part (see Mrs Bradford).
13 Not a complete 9 1? (4,6)
Something that is not the full answer to 1 in 9.
15 The man Patrick I reportedly see with a plant (8)
A word sum. A short word meaning the man + an abbreviation for Patrick + I + the letter that sounds like see + A = a beautiful spring plant.
16 Band together (8)
A French word meaning together and a posh name for a group of musicians.
18 Viceroy’s South American gin (6)
An old name for a dignitary is found by taking the abbreviation for South American and adding what a gin is in the world of the countryside. (you’re not getting a picture of one of the vile things)
22 Aforementioned oral (4)
Something that has been mentioned earlier is described as this and a word meaning oral.
Thank you to Cephas for today’s challenge.
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The Quick Crossword pun: EARNEST + SHACKLE + TONNE = ERNEST SHACKLETON
Let’s have something nice and bright for music today. Try this by Lavinia Meijer, a very talented young Dutch musician.