Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 — DT 29962


Vacation Edition
Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 29962
Publication date in The Daily Telegraph
Friday, April 15, 2022
Setter
proXimal (Steve Bartlett)
Link to full review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 29962]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog review written by
Deep Threat
BD rating
Difficulty - ★★★Enjoyment - ★★★
Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved

Introduction

I am taking a break from producing a full review on a daily basis to relax at the lake where I am both off grid and offline. For the time being, I will be posting an abbreviated "Vacation Edition" of the blog containing the usual "tombstone" data relating to the puzzle. These posts are prepared in advance  and assume that the National Post does not deviate from its expected publication schedule.


Signing off for today — Falcon

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 — DT 29961


Vacation Edition
Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 29961
Publication date in The Daily Telegraph
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Setter
RayT (Ray Terrell)
Link to full review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 29961]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog review written by
Stephen L
BD rating
Difficulty - ★★Enjoyment - ★★★★
Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved

Introduction

I am taking a break from producing a full review on a daily basis to relax at the lake where I am both off grid and offline. For the time being, I will be posting an abbreviated "Vacation Edition" of the blog containing the usual "tombstone" data relating to the puzzle. These posts are prepared in advance  and assume that the National Post does not deviate from its expected publication schedule.


Signing off for today — Falcon

Monday, August 15, 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022 — DT 29960 (Published Saturday, August 13, 2022)

 


Vacation Edition
Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 29960
Publication date in The Daily Telegraph
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Setter
Jay (Jeremy Mutch)
Link to full review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 29960]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog review written by
2Kiwis
BD rating
Difficulty - ★★★Enjoyment - ★★★
Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved
Notes

This puzzle appears on the Monday Diversions page in the Saturday, August 13, 2022 edition of the National Post.

Introduction

I am taking a break from producing a full review on a daily basis to relax at the lake where I am both off grid and offline. For the time being, I will be posting an abbreviated "Vacation Edition" of the blog containing the usual "tombstone" data relating to the puzzle. These posts are prepared in advance  and assume that the National Post does not deviate from its expected publication schedule.


Signing off for today — Falcon

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday, August 13, 2022 — Sommelier's Delight (NP 220813)

Introduction

Today's National Post Cryptic Crossword from Cox & Rathvon (NP 220813) is one for the oenophiles.

The puzzle will be posted on the blog on Saturday, August 20, 2022.

I invite you to leave a comment to let us know how you fared with the puzzle.

Solution to Today's Puzzle

Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- yet to be solved

Symbols and Markup Conventions
  •  "*" - anagram
  • "~" - sounds like
  • "<" - indicates the preceding letters are reversed
  • "( )" - encloses contained letters
  • "_" - replaces letters that have been deleted
  •  "†" - indicates that the word is present in the clue
  • "//" - marks the boundary between wordplay and definition when no link word or link phrase is present
  • "/[link word or phrase]/" - marks the boundary between wordplay and definition when a link word or link phrase is present
  • "solid underline" - precise definition
  • "dotted underline" - cryptic definition
  • "dashed underline" - wordplay
  • "wavy underline" - whimsical and inferred definitions
Click here for further explanation and usage examples of the symbols and markup conventions used on this blog.

Across

1a Winner Moorehead // drinks in flutes (10)

CHAMP|AGNES — CHAMP (winner) + AGNES ([American actress Agnes] Moorehead[7])

6a Stream // big bad animal in reverse (4)

FLOW< — reversal of (in reverse) WOLF (big bad animal [especially according to Little Red Riding Hood])

9a Perfect state // vehicle for moving in scattered rain (7)

{NIR(VAN)A}* — VAN (vehicle for moving) contained in (in) anagram of (scattered) RAIN

10a Composer // attacked by insects and beginning to run inside (7)

B(R)ITTEN — BITTEN (attacked by insects) containing (and ... inside) R (beginning [initial letter] to Run)

Benjamin Britten[5], Lord Britten of Aldeburgh (1913–1976) was an English composer, pianist, and conductor. (show more )

He founded the Aldeburgh festival with Peter Pears in 1948, and in 1976 became the first composer to be made a life peer. Notable operas: Peter Grimes (1945), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960), and Death in Venice (1973).

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12a Article found in road along with two // wheel spokes (5)

R(A)D|II — A ([grammatical] article) contained in (found in) RD (road) + (along with) II ([Roman numeral] two)

13a Thick soup containing popular // South African wine (8)

P(IN)OTAGE — POTAGE (thick soup) containing (†) IN (popular)

Pinotage[5] is a red wine made from the pinotage grape, a variety of red wine grape grown in South Africa, produced by crossing Pinot Noir and other varieties.

15a Nurse into California variety of red // wine (8)

CA|BE(RN)ET — RN ([registered] nurse) contained in (into) {CA (California) + BEET (variety of red}

17a Mean-sounding // place to stay cheaply (6)

HOSTEL~ — sounds like (-sounding) HOSTILE (mean)

19aPraise after passing // gel you blended (6)

EULOGY* — anagram of (blended) GEL YOU

21a Observed change when auditing // cooking wine (8)

SAUTERNE~ — sounds like (when auditing) {SAW (observed) + TURN (change; like leaves or the tide)}

24a Wine // that is cast after year’s end (8)

  R|IE|SLING — {IE (that is) + SLING (cast)} following (after) R (yeaR's end [final letter]}

25a Girl’s name // I pronounce in misery while facing west (5)

{NAOM|I}< — reversal of (while facing west) {I + MOAN (pronounce in misery}

28a Cold Italian dessert: // 2000 pounds in doughnuts (7)

TOR(TON)I — TON (2000 pounds) contained in (in) TORI (doughnuts)

Tortoni[3] is an Italian ice cream made with heavy cream and often containing rum, almonds, and maraschino cherries, typically served in small cups.

Origin: named after Giuseppe Tortoni (c.1775-c.1864), Neapolitan-born owner of a café in Paris famous for its ice cream

A torus[5] (plural tori or toruses) is a geometrical surface or solid formed by rotating a closed curve, especially a circle, about a line which lies in the same plane but does not intersect it (e.g. like a ring doughnut).

29a Jam-packed, // making a squad heard (7)

TEEMING~ — sounds like (heard) TEAMING (making a squad)

30a Something sculpted // yet containing sulphur (4)

BU(S)T — BUT (yet) containing (†) S ([chemical symbol for] sulphur)

31a Vote against following salad green with planned // wine (10)

CHARD|ON|NAY — NAY (vote against) following (†) {CHARD (salad green) + ON (planned)}

Down

1d After adjusting net cord, act // tensed up (10)

CONTRACTED* — anagram of (after adjusting) NET CORD ACT

2d Broadcast // spot full of anger (5)

A(IRE)D — AD ([commercial] spot) containing (full of) IRE (anger)

3d Vegetable row // with more bog-derived soil (7)

PEA|TIER — PEA (vegetable) + TIER (row)

4d Fights // pair of grizzlies with fruits (8)

GR|APPLES — GR (pair [initial two letters] of GRizzlies) + (with) APPLES (fruits)}

5d Big Ben sadly // losing power (6)

EBBING* — anagram of (sadly) BIG BEN

Scratching the Surface
Big Ben[5] is a name given to the great clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London and its bell.

Big Ben[7] (1976–1999) was a world champion show jumping horse ridden by Canadian equestrian Ian Millar.

7d Figure in court // set fire to one reptile (9)

LIT|I|GATOR — LIT (set fire to) + I ([Roman numeral] one) + GATOR (reptile)

8d Breaking dawn, // something magic (4)

WAND* — anagram of (breaking) DAWN

11d Opening // concealed by paint roller (5)

_INT|RO_ — hidden in (concealed by) paINT ROller

14d Run, feeling nervously excited // for just a moment (10)

FLEE|TINGLY — FLEE (run) + TINGLY (feeling excited)

16d Game // bird is all mixed up (9)

BILLIARDS* — anagram of (mixed up) BIRD IS ALL

18d Female issue: // changing of the guard? (8)

DAUGHTER* — anagram of (changing of) THE GUARD

Issue[5] is a legal term denoting children of one's own ⇒ the earl died without male issue.

20d Blow with zero // zest (5)

GUST|O — GUST (blow) + (with) O ([letter that looks like] zero)

22d Some bright angel offers // fruit (7)

_T|ANGEL|O_ — hidden in (some) brighT ANGEL Offers

23d Close // Scandinavian overheard (6)

FINISH~ — sounds like (heard) FINNISH (Scandinavian)

26d Dark ring seen from behind // star cluster (5)

ORION — reversal of (seen from behind) {NOIR (dark; as in ''film noir"} + O ([letter that looks like a] ring)

Orion[5] is a conspicuous constellation (the Hunter), said to represent a hunter holding a club and shield. It lies on the celestial equator and contains many bright stars, including Rigel, Betelgeuse, and a line of three that form Orion's Belt.

27d Retracted crazy // wild guess (4)

STAB< — reversal of (retracted) BATS (crazy)

Epilogue

The setters lay out quite an extensive selection of wines for today's tasting. And thank you to Senf for suggesting the title to this review.



References

Sources referenced in the blog are identified by the following symbols. The reference numbers themselves are hyperlinks to the entry in the source being referenced. Click on the number to view the source.

Key to Reference Sources: 

  [1]   - The Chambers Dictionary, 11th Edition
  [2]   - Search Chambers - (Chambers 21st Century Dictionary)
  [3]   - TheFreeDictionary.com (American Heritage Dictionary)
  [4]   - TheFreeDictionarycom (Collins English Dictionary)
  [5]   - Lexico (formerly Oxford Dictionaries Online) (Oxford Dictionary of English)
  [6]   - Lexico (formerly Oxford Dictionaries Online) (Oxford Advanced American Dictionary)
  [7]   - Wikipedia
  [8]   - Reverso Online Dictionary (Collins French-English Dictionary)
  [9]   - Infoplease (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)
[10]   - CollinsDictionary.com (Collins English Dictionary)
[11]   - TheFreeDictionary.com (Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary)
[12]   - CollinsDictionary.com (Webster’s New World College Dictionary)
[13]   - MacmillanDictionary.com (Macmillan Dictionary)
[14]   - CollinsDictionary.com (COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary)
[15]   - CollinsDictionary.com (Penguin Random House LLC/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd )



Signing off for today — Falcon

Hex Cryptic Crossword — NP 220806 (Cox and Rathvon)

Introduction

Copyright © 2022 Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon,
used with permission
This puzzle from Cox & Rathvon
was published in the National Post on Saturday, August 6, 2022. You can find a full review of the puzzle at Saturday, August 6, 2022 — Rolling in the Aisles (NP 220806).

Your comments—whether they be with regard to the puzzle or the blog—are always welcome. However, I suggest you post comments pertaining to the puzzle on the review of the puzzle in order to keep all such comments in one place.

Accessing the puzzle
How to print the puzzle

The items in bold text as well as the image of the puzzle are links. You can open either a PDF or JPG version of the puzzle in a browser window by clicking on "This puzzle from Cox & Rathvon" or the puzzle image respectively. Either of these can be printed using your standard browser print controls.

Electronic version

An electronic version of the puzzle in PUZ format may be available on The Puzzler (and other cryptic crosswords) Facebook group. A Facebook account is needed to access the file and compatible crossword puzzle software is necessary to display and solve the puzzle.

Signing off for today — Falcon

Friday, August 12, 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022 — DT 29959


Vacation Edition
Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 29959
Publication date in The Daily Telegraph
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Setter
Unknown
Link to full review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 29959]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog review written by
Mr K
BD rating
Difficulty - ★★Enjoyment - ★★★
Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved

Introduction

I am taking a break from producing a full review on a daily basis to relax at the lake where I am both off grid and offline. For the time being, I will be posting an abbreviated "Vacation Edition" of the blog containing the usual "tombstone" data relating to the puzzle. These posts are prepared in advance  and assume that the National Post does not deviate from its expected publication schedule.


Signing off for today — Falcon

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Thursday, August 11, 2022 — DT 29958


Vacation Edition
Puzzle at a Glance
Puzzle number in The Daily Telegraph
DT 29958
Publication date in The Daily Telegraph
Monday, April 11, 2022
Setter
Campbell (Allan Scott)
Link to full review
Big Dave's Crossword Blog [DT 29958]
Big Dave's Crossword Blog review written by
Falcon
BD rating
Difficulty - ★★★Enjoyment - ★★★★
Falcon's experience
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Legend:
- solved without assistance
- incorrect prior to use of puzzle solving tools
- solved with assistance from puzzle solving tools
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by puzzle solving tools
- solved but without fully parsing the clue
- unsolved or incorrect prior to visiting Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- solved with aid of checking letters provided by solutions from Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- reviewed by Falcon for Big Dave's Crossword Blog
- yet to be solved

Introduction

I am taking a break from producing a full review on a daily basis to relax at the lake where I am both off grid and offline. For the time being, I will be posting an abbreviated "Vacation Edition" of the blog containing the usual "tombstone" data relating to the puzzle. These posts are prepared in advance  and assume that the National Post does not deviate from its expected publication schedule.


Signing off for today — Falcon