Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29251 (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 Medici cleverly collaring winter eavesdropper (6)
Hidden (collaring) inside the clue – there should be an indication that the definition, something that could hang from the eaves in winter, is somewhat cryptic
9a South American number welcomed by wine lover (8)
The abbreviations for South American and Number inside (welcomed by) a type of wine
11a Caledonian author and his novel (8)
An author followed by an anagram (novel) of HIS
12a Crib from heartless executive (6)
Start with a seven-letter word for an executive and drop (heartless) its middle letter
15a Lapse from close-catcher (4)
Two definitions – the second being a fielder in cricket
19a Loud noise having caught monkey eating duck (8)
C(aught) followed by a type of monkey around (eating) O (zero / duck)
20a Building easily assembled before cracking? (6)
A word meaning before followed by an adjective meaning cracking or fantastic
23a Provoked priest given as example (8)
An Old Testament priest followed by a verb meaning given as an example
24a Thrilled about ten-cent deposit (8)
… what do the Americans call a ten-cent coin?
25a Over time, quits competitions (6)
A word meaning quits or square around T(ime)
2d One cleaning firm needs a litre in fuel (8)
Someone who cleans another’s house is followed by a two-letter firm, the A from the clue and L(itre)
3d Applaud catch that’s rubbish? (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to applaud followed by a verb meaning to catch
5d Amply cover own retreat? (7,4,4)
A phrase meaning “to accumulate wealth while working for others” could mean to cover your own “retreat”
8d Rant after worker demands safety feature (8)
A verb meaning to rant follows a worker
15d Drink journalists keep down (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to drink followed by a collective word for journalists
16d Owing recognition absolutely, but empty inside (8)
An interjection meaning absolutely around B[u]T without its internal letter (empty)
17d Error message that triggers alarm? (4,4)
An error or blunder followed by a type of message
19d Stuff about Northern Ireland by posh nutcase (7)
A verb meaning to stuff goes around the abbreviation for Northern Ireland and the letter used to indicate posh or upper-class – once again the definition is somewhat cryptic, by which I mean it is unlikely to be found in any dictionary
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The Quick Crossword pun: muster+peace=masterpiece