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Crossword roundup: animals with the incorrect names | Crosswords

Within the pattern clues beneath, the hyperlinks take you to explainers from our newcomers sequence. The setter’s identify usually hyperlinks to an interview with her or him, in case you are feeling like attending to know these individuals higher.

The information in clues

Final roundup, we mentioned goodbye to TRUSS clues with out realizing what may exchange them. Setters haven’t since rushed to incorporate SUNAK. It appears probably that his first identify will provide extra potential; one of many Telegraph’s Tuesday staff has already used it …

19a Rishi’s scratching head in horror after Conservative disaster (6)
[ wordplay: RISHIS without (“scratching”) first letter of (“head in”) HORROR after (“after”) abbrev. for “Conservative” ][ RISIS after C ][ definition: catastrophe ]

… within the context of CRISIS. In the meantime, we are saying “vale” to a different of yesterday’s individuals in Paul’s clue:

12a Politician at all times backward-looking, noxious air nauseating, in the end (4-4)
[ wordplay: synonym for “always” reversed (“backward-looking”) + synonym for “noxious air” + last letter of (“ultimately”) NAUSEATING ][ E’ER reversed + SMOG + G ][ definition: politician ]

When REES-MOGG was a factor, and I couldn’t keep in mind whether or not or to not hyphenate him, I tended to recall Matthew Parris’s pen portrait

the severely grand don’t gown up, don’t stand on ceremony and don’t hyphenate; the Rees-Moggs are simply wealthy individuals from Somerset whose boy by no means outgrew a foolish section at Oxford

… however I suppose I don’t must now. That mentioned, Wiglaf included the 119-day George CANNING (an 1837 prime minister who died of tuberculosis after barely 5 months in workplace) in last Tuesday’s puzzle, so maybe TRUSS may make the odd cameo when sufficient time has handed for it to be amusing.

Latter patter

An announcement:

And another, beneath the puzzle:

Hello there, good to fulfill you all and thanks to your variety phrases. Elsewhere, I’m Hasslethymi … Why the change to Bartland? No concept! A change is nearly as good as a relaxation …

Bartland is a really welcome presence within the quiptic secure. I loved such evocative floor readings as this clue:

16d Chained wild animal consuming ants (7)
[ wordplay: anagram of (“wild”) CHAINED ][ definition: animal eating ants ]

… for ECHIDNA. And I at all times get pleasure from questioning how the unmistakeably spiny echidna got here to have a reputation that’s Greek for the notoriously scaly – to not point out legless, snoutless and non-mammalian – viper (Macquarie dictionary reckons it’s as a result of the echidna appears nearly mythologically implausible).

Different beasts which have the names of, properly, different beasts embody the meerkat (which suggests a long-tailed monkey), the hyena (which suggests pig) and the topic of our subsequent problem.

Just like the placename Alcatraz, this one means pelican: reader, how would you clue ALBATROSS?

Cluing competitors

Many thanks to your clues for COLONY.

We’re having fun with some form of golden age; of people who didn’t confer with empirical enlargement or to punctuation, my favorite is Moobius’s “Scholar rises in stylish New York house for employees?”

Amid powerful intestinally associated competitors the audacity award is Newlaplandes’s, for “;” (“Nicely, it’s a bit like a colon”).

The runners-up are each high-quality acrostics: “Connecticut or Louisiana or New York initially” (Schroduck) and “Nation or land clearly not yours initially?” (Thepoisonedgift). Lastly, properly achieved to the winner for ready till 2pm on the day of publication for “That’s settled: Conservative loony out”.

Kludos to Porcia; please go away entries for the present competitors – in addition to your non-print finds and picks from the broadsheet cryptics – within the feedback, beneath.

Clue of the Fortnight

Rather a lot to unpack, as they are saying, in David McLean’s Sunday Instances clue …

9a Willy Nelson’s final on as he messed with a speaker!
[ wordplay: last letter of NELSON (“Nelson’s last”) after (“on”) anagram of (“messed”) AS HE A SPEAKER ][ definition: Willy ]

… not least the definition of SHAKESPEAREAN. Witty with out affection and audacious with out impudency.

One last announcement, which raises questions. Is Katy fixing, or a good friend? Pencil or pen? Monday or Saturday?

certainly one of my favourite sounds ever is the sound of a crisp new newspaper being learn over breakfast for an hour or so… The coming out of it, the folding, the scribbling on the crossword… I hope it by no means goes out of vogue in our digital world. It’s too romantic. 🗞️♥️

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 2, 2022

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