Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27612 (Hints)
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The October Monthly Prize Puzzle is available today.
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.
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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 a “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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Male hanging around to enjoy carnival (5,4)
M(ale) followed by a hanging screen of tapestry around a three-letter verb meaning to enjoy
6a Redecorate reception at university (2,2)
A reception or function followed by then usual word meaning at university
15a Press tycoon employing any number, English without exception (3,4)
A general term for a press tycoon around the usual letter that represents any number and followed by E(nglish)
18a Plumper game, mostly (7)
Drop the final letter (mostly) from a game which is usually, but not always, played by girls
23a Make a song and dance about points, being old-fashioned (9)
A verb meaning to make a song and dance around the points of, say, a fork
25a Contrasting, random pairs in age (9)
An anagram (random) of PAIRS inside an age or time
26a Long period of time before end of season (5)
A period of time followed by the final letter (end) of [seaso]N
29a US city architect meeting trouble in heart of Provence (9)
The surname of the architect responsible for designing many parts of London followed by a three-letter word meaning trouble or misfortune inside the middle two letters (heart) of [Pro]VE[nce]
1d Cracker’s content, having married German chap (5)
You will usually find this inside a Christmas cracker – M(arried) followed by a typical German man’s name
3d Up for a big band song (2,3,4)
Two definitions – the second being a song made famous by Glenn Miller
5d Charge for warehousing gold, in part (and silver in reserve?) (7)
Two lots of wordplay for the price of one! – put the heraldic term for gold inside a part, alternatively put the chemical symbol for silver inside a verb meaning to reserve
7d Unfolding US magazine when boozer kicks off? (7,4)
Miffipops should have no difficulty with this one! – a verb meaning unfolding followed by a US magazine
13d Flier saying something that’s sharp (8,3)
A flier or leaflet followed by a saying or adage
17d Broadcast of extremely theatrical variety? (7,1,1)
An anagram (broadcast) of the outer letters (extremely) of T[heatrica]L with VARIETY – the whole of this all-in-one clue provides the definition – I bet a few of you missed that one!
19d Give up French article during check (7)
This verb meaning to give up doing something, like smoking, is derived by putting FR(ench) and the indefinite article inside a word meaning a check or curb
27d What could be boring? Everything, it’s said (3)
This boring tool sounds like (it’s said) everything
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The Quick crossword pun: excels+eeyore=excelsior