Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30041 Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Another fine sunny morning in East Kent – where we are lucky to benefit from the usual sea breeze coming in from the coast to keep us relatively cool. Tilsit is well but, in addition to all the usual plates he’s keeping spinning, the threat of extremely high temperatures next week has meant revisions to the train timetable, so he’s busy contacting rail passengers to tell them that the train they thought they’d be getting on Monday or Tuesday isn’t running!
I’m sure everyone will have spotted that, once again, our Saturday Prize Puzzle is a Cephas pangram.
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.
My full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Gloomy articles about first person in Nancy’s clothing (4,5)
A synonym for gloomy and some plural definite articles go ‘about’ the French first person singular (Nancy being a place in France!)
11a Striking beast? (7)
This beast could also describe an unauthorised strike
12a Races around after failure, causing alert (4,5)
An anagram (around) of RACES goes after a North American slang word for a failure
14a Objects involved in hard sell? (8)
A cryptic definition of some objects made of hard metal
26a What carer must do to make youngster take a seat (4-3)
This clue made me smile as without the hyphen, the carer might be instructing a youngster to take a seat
28a Possibly a curse having a pause in verse (7)
An anagram (possibly) of A CURSE with A (from the clue) produces a pause or natural breathing space in a line of verse
29a Lodge with crowd approaching hotel with banker (9)
The total crowd at an event, the abbreviation for Hotel and a Yorkshire river (banker)
2d Sugar shortage members reported (7)
Homophones (reported) of a shortage and some bodily members
4d Carry out most of device for training muscles (8)
Almost all of a device for training muscles
5d Pin that’s more crooked? (6)
A type of pin that sounds like it might be more crooked
8d Completely using different lethal method (3,3,3)
An anagram (different) of LETHAL and a method
15a Shaver returned large sea creature! (9)
A device for shaving (shaver) and a synonym for returned
21d Hide around Marrakesh? (7)
A type of leather (hide) that comes from the country ‘around’ Marrakesh
24d Bait transported in kilogram container (6)
An anagram (transported) of BAIT inserted into an abbreviated kilogram
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The Quick Crossword pun: PORK + KEW + PINE = PORCUPINE