Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29993 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Greetings from Warrington, a sort of meh day where the weather’s feeling as out of sorts as the rest of us.
I think I’d use that to describe today’s puzzle as well, which I’m guessing is by our long-standing Saturday setter. Didn’t really set me on fire today. Maybe a stressful week at work and a mini hiatus sorting out my forthcoming German trip hasn’t lifted my mood. I normally book accommodation through Airbnb, but a major website revamp and the renters not responding to requests has left me grumpy, and in the end, I found a very nice flat in Jena through booking.com instead. Now I am being bombarded by Airbnb with ‘why haven’t you looked at these properties (including one costing £1300 a day!)’ emails.
Anyway, thanks to our setter today. I’ll see you next week.
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 Rate at which storm arrives? (9,5)
Think of something associated with a thunderstorm and a word meaning rate to give a phrase for doing something very quickly.
9 Prepare to fire at ducks or another bird (8)
What you can do to a trigger to get it ready, add AT and two numerical symbols for ducks.
13 Thirsty, swallow single drink (3,7)
A word meaning thirsty, parched, add an alternative bird from the swallow family and a numeral abbreviation for one.
15 Continue to look after a bird (4,2,2)
More feathered friends. If you had a type of small bird you would do this (4,1,3), adjust the spacing and you get the phrase needed.
16 One walker or another failing to start (6)
A word for a walker (in the countryside) loses its first letter and becomes another.
26 Uncovered gravlax stirred to provide grub (5)
Uncovering here means remove the first and last letters and then rearrange the rest.
28 What to do with glove in cold weather to retain skill (4,4,4,2)
Not keen on the phrase clues where one of the words is in doubt until you get an intersecting answer. What you literally do to keep warm wearing gloves, is an expression meaning to do what you do at a lower level to retain that skill.
2 Drop round (7)
Here you are literally looking for a drop that is round.
4 Get together during ninth period? (8)
A way of saying in the 9th semester.
5 Dark blue (6)
A word meaning dark as in dusky or blue as in mood.
6 Journey’s formidable, stopping heartless plunder (10)
A word meaning to plunder minus its middle letter has something meaning formidable inside.
8 A certain solver will not use it (5,6)
Something you wouldn’t use if you were sure of your grid entry.
14 Light bothered playmates, including female (6,4)
An anagram (bothered) of PLAYMATES with the abbreviation for Female inside.
21 Supposed to have place in plant (7)
A word meaning to place goes inside something found on riverbanks.
22 Direct control (6)
Something meaning to direct and to control.
25 Beast turned up with mother (4)
Reverse up and add an abbreviation for mother.
Thanks to Cephas (probably) for today’s challenge. I’ll be back next week.
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The Quick Crossword pun: REE + PER + CUSH + SHONE = REPERCUSSION
This week we lost one of our finest contemporary musicians in Vangelis. Here’s one of my favourite pieces by him, not the obvious one, but a very underrated piece from the film The 1492. Just a lovely build-up and a superb climax. RIP.