Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30011 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Tilsit is keeping the trains running once again today.
For the last four Saturdays we have had Cephas pangrams, so I was expecting a Floughie Lady production today but we have another pangram so I must conclude, correctly(?), that it is the fifth Cephas puzzle in a row.
Some of the usual features of the Saturday Crossword Club might be missing, but the important parts are here.
Candidates for favourite – 26a, 2d, 18d, 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 20 will be another by proXimal, presumably it will be a little more challenging than his Friday back pager!
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:
6a Note small punishment that is not severe (4,1,3,5)
A double definition to start – the first is how a (hand-written) note might be described and the second is a type of punishment that used to be given out at school but is probably not PC these days.
9a Beau reportedly has devilish faults exhibiting self-importance (8)
A two letter homophone of beau followed by (has) an anagram (devilish) of FAULTS.
11a All out hit (6)
Another double definition – the first is when tools are downed and workers leave the facility.
16a Frequent complainant upset cabby snorting lines (7)
An anagram (upset) of CABBY containing (snorting) the two letter abbreviation of the type of lines that Tilsit is interested in.
25a Work Timothy is managing to start in hope (8)
Lego time – assemble the two letter abbreviated form of a (musical) work, the abbreviated form of Timothy, IS from the clue, and the first letter (to start) of Managing.
26a View prison heard to be picturesque (6)
A two element homophone (heard) – the first element is a homophone of a verbal synonym of view and the second element is of an informal synonym of prison.
27a Rake strolling round sliding smoothly (6-7)
An anagram (round) of RAKE STROLLING – I am not sure that sliding is an appropriate descriptor for this activity.
1d Mass epic develops seeking relief from reality (8)
We start the Downs with an anagram (develops) of MASS EPIC.
2d Downtrodden place for artist (8)
The surface that may be used by an artist out in the open in a town centre.
4d Val’s a centenarian going around French region (6)
A lurker, one of two in the puzzle, (going around) found in three words in the clue gives a French region that hasn’t always been a French region.
6d Sailor with tourist trapping that man, one once terrifying in London (4,3,6)
A common term for a sailor and (with) a seven letter synonym of tourist containing (trapping) the two letter pronoun for that man.
7d Unfashionable person criticising training (6-7)
A single word term that for unfashionable person often used by children to describe their parents in the 1950s and 1960s and a synonym of criticizing (harshly) gives a term for some (military) training.
18d News with description of gunshot wound? (8)
Written (6,2) this could be a term that describes a gunshot wound
22d Attacker finding assistant protected by senior cleric (6)
The two letter form of the honorific for a senior cleric containing (finding . . . protected by) a synonym of assistant.
Ballade pour Adeline by French composer Paul de Senneville, composed in 1977, as a tribute to his newborn daughter of the same name. Normally played on the piano, but here it is played on the harp by Fabiola Harper:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
APPLE + CRUMB + BELLE = APPLE CRUMBLE
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