Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30017 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Tilsit is keeping the trains running once again or sorting out problems because of the strikes.
For the last five Saturdays we have had Cephas pangrams, so I was expecting a Floughie Lady production today but we have another pangram, detected very early on for me, so I must conclude that it is the sixth 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 – 9a, 23a, 25a, 5d, 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 21 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 Trade something sticky in queue (7,3)
A synonym of trade (perhaps relating to illegal substances) and something sticky (that comes in a jar).
6a Pet dog not mother’s (4)
You might want to check the dictionary for meanings of the definition – Remove (not) a short form of mother’s from the breed of the illustrated dog.
9a Subtle difference pest is leaving (6)
A synonym of pest which contains IS until you remove it (leaving) to find the answer.
10a Having received a gift? (8)
How one might describe an individual who has received a gift (of an ability).
18a What July is to June? (7)
A term ‘borrowed’ from Latin that the BRB indicates as (old commerce) which indicates the relative position of July to June (in the calendar).
24a Beat repeated injury to neck (8)
Two different synonyms of beat (both related to punishment).
25a Strange-sounding sale (6)
A homophone (-sounding) of a synonym of strange.
28a Against short cut with most disappointing conclusion (10)
A not immediately obvious, at least not to me, three part charade – A four letter term for against, a synonym of cut with the last letter removed (short), and (with) an abbreviated form of a synonym of most.
1d Got over anaesthetic at the same time (8)
GOT from the clue reversed (over) and an early type of anaesthetic.
3d Ready in the use of words, let fun out (6)</br />
An anagram (out) of LET FUN.
5d Belligerent person a stingy type in the main? (3-2-3)</br >
This requires one of the variations of pronunciation of the fourth word in the clue – A double definition, see the illustration for the second.
7d Handyman, agent, not Romeo, joining corporation (8)
A synonym of agent with its letter represented by Romeo in the phonetic alphabet removed (not) followed by (joining) an abbreviated form of an informal synonym for one’s corporation.
13d One could wind up eating this (9)
A food that from its name originated in Italy.
16d Found at the beginning of the book, it keeps the working population down (8)
An animal which is usually/very often the first complete word at the beginning of a book of words which enjoys a diet of six legged workers.
19d Conventional writer removes broadcast (8)
A two part homophone – the first part is, perhaps a stretch depending on how one pronounces the answer, of a synonym of writer and the second part is of a synonym of removes (as in cutting off).
22d Confusion with former prime minister on edge (6)
The surname of the UK’s second female prime minister followed by (on) a synonym of edge (on a garment?).
One of Canada’s finest with the title track from a 2002 album:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
TORN + KNEE + HOWL = TAWNY OWL
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