Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30029 Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Tilsit)
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Greetings from Warrington, a big thank you to Senf for holding the fort for the last few weeks. It’s been a bit crazy in work and I have also had a few other things to attend to.
Firstly, some news about BD. I spoke to Pam (Mrs BD) last night and he’s still in hospital in Hereford and is likely to be for a while yet, although there is a plan to move him to a local cottage hospital in due course.
Unfortunately, the wing he is on has very little in the way of Wi-Fi broadband or a mobile signal, so he is largely unreachable. He’s making some progress and although his knee problem has eased, he has another issue with an ankle.
Both Dave and Pam have asked me to thank you all for your kind thoughts and words, and he is occasionally able to see the blog and get on.
The site will carry on as we have done for the past few weeks, and we will try to keep up with the flow of NTSPP and Rookie Corner puzzles. I’ll put up a post later today about that. There’s an NTSPP going up from Radler later.
If the bloggers can let me know if they are unable to cover their slots that would be appreciated as well.
Now, to today’s teaser and once again, it appears to have all the paw prints of a Cephas puzzle, the pangram, and some witty concise clues. However, I did find it a little trickier than the last few, but that may just be me feeling a bit tired and drained. Took me a little while to burrow into the puzzle.
As usual, please play nicely and don’t go posting answers or adding further hints. A full blog will be posted in due course. Do let us know what you thought and be constructive if it wasn’t your cup of tea.
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 Avoids occasionally being seen in terribly poor condition (7)
The alternate letters of the first word inside an anagram of POOR.
9 Caught having stashed silver in desert hollow (8)
After an abbreviation for caught, the chemical symbol for silver goes inside a word meaning to desert.
11 Pair inside hollow cog (8)
A word for a type of cog, such as those that carry a film in a projector, is found by putting a short word for two of something, inside another word for a hollow receptacle.
16 I left mutinous regular outside for one underground? (9)
I, plus the abbreviation for left, are surrounded by an anagram of regular to give you a word for someone who works ‘underground’, i.e. covertly. Nice clue.
21 Collie fetched content willingly (4)
I don’t normally clue four-letter words but this is a rather unusual archaic word. As most setters do in these types of puzzles, it’s clued easily, so easily it’s hidden in front of you!
22 So excited getting last part of cow perhaps first as starter (6,4)
If you were to describe the rear end of a (male) cow, you could say it’s this, and then add so and a word meaning excited. You’d get this ‘starter’, though probably not nowadays in many restaurants!
24 Ruffian got upset about age (6)
A word to describe a lowlife person is an anagram of GOT around the name for an age or epoch.
29 Left on board Edward, excessively wealthy and pampered (7)
This didn’t feel quite right to me. I am reading it as the abbreviation for left within a word for a vessel, ‘i.e. on board’ followed by the diminutive form of Edward. I have seen it before, but it feels a bit stretchy for me.
2 Moving free, not it is said, from this? (4,4)
An anagram (moving) of FREE, plus a homophone of not, gives a two-word description of something that may prevent you from being free.
4 Not food for those at the Round Table? (6,4)
A cryptic definition of a hearty meal.
6 Well-known female on a tailless rodent (6)
After the abbreviation for female goes a and the name of a rodent, minus its last letter.
7 Said mean things about rear part (7)
A word for having said snide things is found by taking a word for a rear and a part of something.
11 Star that’s first-rate first of all appearing after 30 days (9)
The name for a type of star is found by taking a word meaning first class, add the first letter of all and wrap the whole thing around a month that has just 30 days.
17 Nothing in beer a clergyman brought up that’s used as moisturising agent (4,4)
The abbreviation for nothing inside a type of beer, followed by a and the title given to a vicar, reversed, gives you the name of a plant used in producing many moisturisers.
23 Printer coloured fluid black (3-3)
The name for a type of printer is found by taking the name of a coloured fluid and the shade of black associated with a mineral associated with Whitby.
26 You were heard getting vessel (4)
A homophone for ‘you were’ gives a type of vessel.
Well, how did you find it? A stroll in the park or dodging the showers? Do let us know.
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The Quick Crossword pun: HAT + MOSS + FEAR = ATMOSPHERE
Some music for today. This is the new British superstar tenor and how he treats a standard. Quite breath-taking, and I dare say, as good as the large Italian gentleman associated with it!