Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29150 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Today there is good news and bad news. The good news is that, as well as a new MPP, we have a superb NTSPP to celebrate the 500th puzzle in the series – this puzzle has been put together by Prolixic with the help of 27 other setters, many of whom have been published in the National press. The bad news, well I’ll leave you to work that one out!
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 Man wishing each woolly could be cleaner (7,7)
An anagram (woolly) of MAN WISHING EACH
10a It’s a far-reaching message, on paper (7)
A cryptic definition of a type of letter, usually written on very thin paper
12a Smoothly made as a one-piece? (10)
This could mean an item made without joins
14a Contract requiring three partly to supply occasional items (6)
The odd letters (supply occasional items) of two words in the clue
17a Overcome being pretentious (8)
21a Following spell inside, had a bite with daughter over (10)
A spell inside (4,2) followed by a verb meaning had a bite of food and D(aughter)
24a Eats having been swimming? (7)
A cryptic (?) definition of food that lives in salty water
26a Images backing US city article — second is making things greener (14)
Some images taken with a camera followed by the reversal (backing) of a US city, the definite article, S(econd) and IS from the clue
1d Animal that might give act? (7)
Split this animal as (4,3) and the answer could be ACT
2d Bust flogged to get funds (8,3,4)
Cryptically this could mean beaten with a belt to get some money
5d Dreadful, getting tooled up to support the French uprising (8)
A verb meaning getting tooled up preceded by (to support) the reversal (uprising in a down clue) of the feminine version of the French definite article
6d Fifteen pantomime figures (10)
Two definitions – a Rugby Union team (of fifteen players) based in London and some pantomime figures
13d Last instruction from ENT nurse? (5,2,3)
What the ENT nurse might ask someone to do with their tongue
17d Rat afloat, first one pursuing craft (6)
An anagram (afloat) of RAT followed by the letters that resemble the shortened version of first
20d Troop‘s physical restraint right out the window (6)
Start with a physical restraint (3,4) and drop (out the window) the R(ight)
23d Web links the compiler with mum (4)
The first-person objective pronoun (the compiler) followed by an exhortation to keep mum or quiet
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The Quick Crossword pun: diner+rig=Diana Rigg