Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29981 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Tilsit has been called in to work at short notice.
Today, after a run of three, or was it four, Cephas pangrams, I am reasonably certain that we have a Floughie Lady production, but, for me, not quite as floughie as she can be.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing, but the important parts are here.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 26a, 2d, 7d, and 22d.
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 15 will be another by proXimal.
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 Look: a little vegetable in spring! (10)
A from the clue followed by a little vegetable inserted into (in) a synonym of spring (as a step).
9a Supply with power? (6)
A single word for to supply power (to an individual perhaps).
12a Enthusiastic about piebald horse failing to start (4)
A five letter synonym for a piebald horse with the first letter removed (failing to start).
14a Try daughter with garment not right for Nike? (7)
Nothing to do with sports footwear – a synonym of try, the single letter for Daughter, and (with) a type of woman’s garment with the single letter for Right removed.
20a Reportedly ring for cover? (4)
A homophone (reportedly) of a synonym of ring (of a bell).
24a Gather, taking walk around South London area (8))
A term for taking a gentle walk containing all of the single letter for South and the two letter term used for the London area (and beyond?).
26a Most clamorous one interrupting most prying (8)
The Roman numeral for one inserted into (interrupting) a superlative term equivalent to most prying.
28a Famous rebel acted badly (10)
An anagram (badly) of REBEL ACTED.
1d Charging account supported by United States in heart of Belgium (8)
An abbreviation for (financial) account followed (supported) by the abbreviation for United States, IN from the clue, and the middle letter (heart) of BelGium.
4d Publicise something; inform about overturned chopped tree (9)
A synonym of inform containing (about) TREe from the clue with the last letter removed (chopped) and then reversed (overturned).
6d Gymnastics expert almost satisfied and calm (8)
A two letter abbreviation for gymnastics (as a school lesson?), a term for an expert, and a synonym of satisfied with the last letter removed (almost).
7d Your aim: correct this! (8)
A term for the hoped for result, perhaps, of completing the puzzle (this).
15d Person running business peeled waterproof off (8)
An anagram (off) of wATERPROOf with the first and last letters removed (peeled).
16d Calamity as schoolma’am sacrifices millions for diamonds (8)
A synonym of schoolma’am with its single letter for Millions replaced (sacrifices . . . for) the single letter for Diamonds (in a pack of cards).
22d Dreamy sailor roused to ecstasy (6)
The two letter term for sailor (which I am not sure the RN uses any more) and a single word for roused to ecstasy.
Something whimsical today which I am sure is the result of some very creative editing and dubbing:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
CROCK + ODE + I’LL = CROCODILE
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