Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29072 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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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 Backing provided by idiot, one with attitude (10)
A charade of an idiot, I (one) and an attitude
6a One may deck in a ring or be decked in a ring (4)
Is this a bit too clever? – something that may deck / floor a boxer in a boxing ring or something that may display / be decked in a ring, such as an engagement ring
12a Get rid of old lover with little witticism and say that’s over (7)
Our usual old lover is followed by a little witticism, such as that at the beginning of today’s Quick crossword, and the reversal (over) of the Latin abbreviation of say / for example
17a Upset hot water (7)
Two closely related definitions – a verb meaning to upset and a liability to suffer punishment
21a Can’t stand? That’s typical of tailing detectives (7)
An adjective meaning typical or similar follows (tailing) some senior detectives
22a Get hot when biting into humbug (5)
A two-letter word meaning when inside (biting into) humbug or nonsense
28a Writer going to church in some European capital (5)
A writing implement followed by the abbreviation for a church / religion – capital here means money
30a Commander with map barking ‘Retreating, no sir!’ gets distinction (10)
An abbreviated Commanding Officer is followed by an anagram (barking / mad) of MAP and the reversal (retreating) of NO SIR
1d Two degrees from south and north, group of four stars? (4)
Two university degrees, one reversed (from the south) and the other normal (from the north) give a well-known group of four singing stars
2d Speed aboard steamer, cool long-distance vessel (9)
Speed or rate inside (aboard) a vessel driven by steam (steamer) and followed by a word meaning cool or following the latest trends in fashion
5d Observe telecom men taunting bears (7)
You could spend a lot of time trying to resolve the wordplay here, or take Miffypops’ advice “when in doubt look for a lurker” (indicated here by bears)
8d Neater flowing in the delta was imminent (10)
An anagram (flowing) of NEATER inside THE and the letter which is the equivalent of the Greek delta
11d Popular party’s welcoming or not the place for outsiders? (7)
A two-letter word meaning popular, a two-letter party and the S from ‘S around OR from the clue
14d Bits of text that often come in at the beginning (10)
These bits of text are often indented (come in) at the beginning
18d More than one construction vehicle’s caught idling foully (9)
The trick here is knowing where the definition ends! – put a public service vehicle around (caught) an anagram (foully) of IDLING
23d With different blood group, woman is surviving (5)
Start with a woman’s name and replace the O with a different blood group
26d Distinguished partners crushing opponent twice (4)
A pair of bridge partners surround one of their opponents repeated (twice)
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The Quick Crossword pun: Khan+abyss+treat=Carnaby Street