Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30023 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello, it’s me again. Apparently Mr Mick Lynch does not appreciate that Tilsit has an important, non-railway, task on Saturdays and that the ‘fallout’ from a railway strike should really not be allowed to interfere with it. Heigh-ho.
Somewhat repetitively, for the last six 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 seventh 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 – 4a, 12a, 21a, 4d, and 18d.
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 22 will be another by Zandio.
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:
7a According to three-quarters of panel, Edwin lied under oath (8)
A three letter term equivalent to according to, three of four letters of a panel (in a court), and an abbreviated form for Edwin.
9a Target i.e. fluttering bird (8)
An anagram (fluttering) of TARGET I.E. – I thought that Cephas might have slipped in a French word here but the BRB does not think so.
10a Meat from father’s vehicle found in ship, oddly (8)
A childish or familiar synonym for father followed by a type of vehicle (that has made a comeback in several British cities) contained by (found in) the odd letters (oddly) of ShIp.
13a Nearly everyone in union has parity (8)
A synonym of everyone with the last letter removed (nearly) inserted into (in) the name of a (trade) union for creative practitioners.
21a Joint holder (6)
A device often used when a joint (of meat) is rolled up to hold it together during roasting.
23a On strike, catch in the deep? (8)
A three letter term for on strike and a verbal, and more generic, synonym for catch (in a ball game).
26a An engaging person (8)
A term for a person who engages someone after satisfactory review of CV, interview, etc.
1d Not perturbed having fun with adze dangerously (7)
An anagram (dangerously) of FUN with ADZE.
2d Bachelor edited psalm — it related to religious ceremony (9)
The two letter abbreviation for a bachelor who has completed a university programme and an anagram (edited) of PSALM – IT.
4d Is it plain sailing in this covered wagon? (7,8)
A synonym for plain (particularly in North America) and a type of sailing vessel (sailing in this).
5d Just terrible, leader being deposed (8)
A synonym of terrible with the first letter removed (leader being deposed).
14d Ample light acceptable on moving train (9)
A three letter synonym(?) of light (as in illumination) and the single letter used for acceptable all placed before (on) an anagram (moving) of TRAIN.
22d Feel dizzy in this pool? (5)
A double definition(?) – the second refers to a pool in which water is not still.
A little tongue in cheek (I suppose I should add this for those who aren’t or never were anoraks – Coronation Scot – Wikipedia ):
The Crossword Club is now Open, and I will ‘see’ you again tomorrow.
The Quick Crossword pun:
APPLE + HAITIANS = APPALACHIANS – a system of mountains in Eastern to Northeastern North America.
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