Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29999 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Tilsit is keeping the trains running again today.
For the last two Saturdays we have had Cephas pangrams, so I was expecting a Floughie Lady production today but we have another pangram so I must conclude it is three in a row for Cephas.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing, but the important parts are here.
Candidates for favourite – 1a, 10a, 7d, and 17d.
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 18 will be another by Zandio.
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 Dandy Joseph with Lisa blending wine (10)
Another term for Dandy (not the comic), a two letter abbreviated form of Joseph, and (with) an anagram (blending) of LISA.
8a Master’s joint title (8)
A four letter synonym of master and the possessive S, and a joint (at the top of the leg).
10a Show disapproval of hardwood, we hear, in shop (8)
A two part homophone (we hear) of a three letter term for showing disapproval (vocally) and a type of hardwood.
18a Corrupt socialite with empty coach full of gold … (7)
An abbreviated form of a (young female) socialite (do they still ‘exist’?) and (with) the first and last (empty) letters of CoacH containing (full of) the chemical symbol for gold.
20a … yours truly had reportedly seen (4)
A second homophone (reportedly) of the contracted form of the pronoun equivalent to yours truly and had.
26a See April adjusting latticework (8)
An anagram (adjusting) of SEE APRIL.
27a Watchdog lectures somewhat unpleasant peer (4)
A lurker (somewhat) contained in two words in the clue.
28a Resolute, put off explosive old copper (10)
A synonym of put off, a type of explosive (device), and the symbol for old copper(s).
1d Live with party whip (8)
A two letter synonym of live and (with) a UK political party.
3d Newly arrived boy (6)</br />
Find and combine a (4,2) term equivalent to newly arrived – RD should be relieved.
5d Formerly on a future occasion! (8)</br />
A double definition – one of those words that can have apparently opposite definitions, the first perhaps used during a discussion of what someone might have done formerly.
7d Dreadful, some say, or very good (8)</br >
Another double definition and another of those words that can have apparently opposite definitions; I don’t think I was aware of the first one but given its Latin origin shown in the BRB it is appropriate.
16d Last character absorbed in act of humiliation in town in south-west (8)
The last character (of the alphabet) inserted into (absorbed in) a single word for an act of humiliation.
17d Even went first and scored equalizer (8)
A synonym of even (as in equal in score?) and a three letter term for went first.
22d What’s to be voted on could be moving (6)
A double definition to finish – perhaps the second should be preceded by ‘IN’.
This might be an ear worm generator for some, The Third Man, with some humorous inputs played by André Rieu and his Orchestra, with Frédéric Jenniges playing the Zither:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
SYLPH + ALIGNING = SILVER LINING
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