Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29975 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Sadly, Tilsit is off attending to a family bereavement.
Today, we have a pangram which would suggest a continuing ‘run’ for Cephas but I am only prepared to put half a crown of my five bob on it being one of his. There is a repetition radar ‘blip’ for an anagram indicator!
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing, but the important parts are here.
Candidates for favourite – 13a, 21a, 4d, and 19d.
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them. Thinking of weekend prize crosswords – CL tells us on the DT Puzzles Website that Sunday Toughie Number 14 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 Confirm Valerie has one assignation (8)
An abbreviated form of Valerie is followed by (has) the Roman numeral for one and a synonym of assignation.
10a Heroine‘s false statement in project (6)
A three letter false statement inserted into (in) a three letter synonym of project (it all depends on the pronunciation).
11a Go long way with artist first in medley (7)
A three letter term for long way and (with) the two letter abbreviation for an artist placed before (first) GO from the clue.
13a Health-giver? (11)
The person, somewhat akin to an MC, who occasionally invites us to be upstanding.
21a One who used to play Shylock, say (7)
A term (perhaps hyphenated) for someone who used to tread the boards (used to play).
24a Fight to include part of best rug gleaming (8)
A lurker (to include part of) three words in the clue.
26a Sportsman regarded as favourite (4-4)
A sportsman who has represented, say, a university and a synonym of regarded.
1d Prove to be true provided there’s light outside (6)
The two letter synonym for provided contained by (there’s . . . outside) a type of (signal) light.
4d Dry man, does he count all the holes, except the nineteenth, of course? (11)</br />
When written as (3,8) this could indicate someone who might count part of the holes on a particular type of course.
6d Tanks having water and fresh air (7)
A synonym of water and an anagram, if one can have an anagram of three letters, (fresh) of AIR.
12d Spray gun (5,6)
A toy gun with liquid ammunition.
14d Put into liquidation? (8)
A term describing the condition of something that has been put into a liquid.
18d Fit and size fancy furrier occasionally missed (7)
An anagram (fancy) of SIZE followed by what remains after some letters have been deleted (occasionally missed) from FURRIER.
20d Threaten to come to a devilish conclusion (6)
A being that could be considered as devilish and a synonym of conclusion – Hmm, perhaps the definition should be longer, but it seems that an adjective is generating a noun for the first part of the answer.
Something to get you dancing round your kitchens:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
FOUR + LING + GOUT = FALLING OUT
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