Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30035 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Apparently it’s not Mr Lynch’s fault this week but the railways do need Tilsit again.
Somewhat repetitively, for the last eight 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 ninth 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 – 1a, 13a, 20a, 3d, and 11d.
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 24 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 Causing trouble by putting one’s oar in (8,1,3)
A double definition (I think) – the second indicates, with appropriate pronunciation, what one is doing when completing the described action for the first time.
10a Reportedly purchase commodity generating side effect (2-7)
A homophone of a synonym of purchase and a synonym of commodity.
13a Gill about to be included by swimmer (8)
One of the sets of two letters used for about inserted into (to be included by) a (human) swimmer.
15a Unwinding, family member welcomes kiss by American (10)
A single word for family member containing (welcomes) the letter used to indicate a kiss (on an item of correspondence) together with (by) the single letter for American.
20a Brother nowadays reluctant to stock initially coarse fabric (10)
Lego time – a contracted form of brother, the two letters that represent nowadays (before they were replaced by a different two letters), and a synonym of reluctant, containing (to stock) the first letter (initially) of Coarse.
26a Lead Neil at sea, giving indication of course to be followed (9)
A verbal synonym of lead (not the metal) and an anagram (at sea) of NEIL.
28a Ballet with 22 dancing for supporter of the board? (7,5)
An anagram (dancing) of BALLET and the answer to 22d (assuming that you have solved it correctly).
2d Mate let extension, in part to get service for TV (8)
A lurker (in part to get) found in three words in the clue – without giving anything away, as this is the SPP, does this still exist?
4d Prison meal served up cold(10)
An anagram (served up) of PRISON MEAL.
5d All-embracing girl about to hit the ball high (6)
Not guess a girl – a three letter synonym for girl containing (about) a single word term meaning to hit the ball high in SW19?
7d Pool bar (8,4)
A double definition – the illustration serves for the first.
11d Fourth lamp in window (12)
A synonym for fourth (fractionally) and a synonym for lamp.
21d Baffle Tod in open-air first (6)
Well, I learned something from this clue – a three letter term equivalent to in open air placed before (first) the animal species that tod is a male of.
24d Lady giving some clever answers (4)
We had ‘not guess a girl’ earlier and this is ‘not guess a lady’ provided that you apply the mantra ‘if all else fails look for . . .’ (giving some) found in two words in the clue.
Time to reminisce, and maybe even generate an earworm, the theme music from the TV detective series Van der Valk, that first appeared in 1972, played by the Simon Park Orchestra that made it to number one for four weeks in 1973:
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
HEART + OFFICIAL = ARTIFICIAL
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