Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28306 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Merry Christmas to all our readers. We will be here tomorrow with two special Toughies and the usual Sunday cryptic puzzle.
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.
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.
1a Father with part in panto perhaps — it’s a promise! (6)
A two-letter word for father is followed by a part in, for example (perhaps), a panto
10a Moans about fool’s revels (8)
A verb meaning moans or complains around a fool
14a Ice in the drink (4)
A cryptic definition of a large mass of ice found in the sea (drink)
17a Waits to do it! (5-7)
These people welcome in Christmas by singing out of doors at night
23a Forget start of carol, being confused, it’s not written down (4)
An anagram (being confused) of [C]AROL without (forget) its initial letter (start)
28a Steadily as Christmas guests might once have travelled (2,6)
A cryptic definition of how guests might once have travelled – often depicted on Christmas cards
29a Commercial song that one often hears with bells (6)
What’s needed is the start of a song title that ends with Bells
31a Spirit of Noel follows this? (6)
This Noel is Noel Coward! Find his play that ends with the word Spirit.
1d Bearing gifts, we hear (8)
This bearing or aura sounds like (we hear) some gifts
5d Figures are cut on them by blades a foot long (7,5)
A cryptic definition of a place where figures are cut by the likes of Torvill and Dean
7d It’s suspended when it is very cold at Christmas (6)
A cryptic definition of a hanging piece of frozen water
11d Revises match arranged for today (9,3)
Tough luck if you try and solve this on a different day, if so remember that this puzzle was published on 24th December, which is an anagram (arranged) of REVISES MATCH
16d Article being cut out of yearbook creates void (5)
Drop one of the indefinite articles from a yearbook to get a verb meaning to void
19d Start off Happy New Year in fancy dress — no special venue (8)
An anagram (in fancy dress) of the initial letter (start off) H[appy] with NEW YEAR
22d Pub’s bill for wine (6)
A pub and the S from ‘S are followed by a two-letter bill
27d She joins Jack climbing nursery slopes (4)
Our final cryptic definition, of many today, involves a girl who went up a hill with Jack in a famous nursery rhyme
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The Quick Crossword pun: pan+toe+mime=pantomime