Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27624 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Crossword Club hosted by gnomethang
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Today is your last chance to enter the October Monthly Prize Puzzle.
Your blogging team will be strongly represented at the London convention today, so you will be in the hands of a much smaller team. Many thanks to gnomethang who has volunteered to set the ball rolling before he too heads off for Wapping. BD
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Not even an Irishman goes to church before the start of Yule (6)
A short common Irishman’s name goes before an abbreviation of church and the first letter of Yule.
16a Vulgar riches seen in international club (12)
A charade of a word meaning vulgar or low-born and a synonym for riches.
20a Melting ice lolly that could be used as a bribe (5,5)
A transient form of melting snow followed by lolly or filthy lucre.
6d Infusion mixed at heel bar (6-3)
An anagram (mixed) of AT HEEL BAR
14d Second team in force for red-light district (4,5)
A word for second (in command) and then a team or side of sports players.
19d Intended to take flight (6)
A cryptic definition of one who runs away (in flight) to get married (is fianced/intended).
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The Quick crossword pun: REEF+RAYS+ZING=REPHRASING