Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29305 (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 Milk producer gives us energy another way (8)
An anagram (another way) of US ENERGY
10a Economise seconds before squeeze (6)
S(econds) followed by a verb meaning to squeeze
13a Young head-turner? (5)
A truly dreadful cryptic definition of the young of a bird that can turn its head
19a In which clip round the ear might be necessary? (7)
Another dreadful cryptic definition of an action which could involve clipping around the ear
24a In Netherlands notice American tennis star (5)
Start with the IVR code for the Netherlands then insert a two-letter notice and A(merican)
27a Freeholder in the old sultanate (6)
An old word for the followed by a sultanate
29a Service charges for castle in the air? (6)
Sokit as (2,4) this could be a two-letter word meaning in the air and part of a castle
30a Male, no dove, carrying a weapon (8)
A male cat and a person who advocates aggressiveness or confrontation, rather than the peace and conciliation advocated by a dove, around the A from the clue
1d Not fine — initially grey then wet (6)
The initial letter of G[rey] followed by some wet weather
2d Improve in hour after noon in Clapton? (6)
Put H(our) after guitarist Clapton’s first name then insert N(oon)
6d Host on a march moving north (9)
An anagram (on a march moving) of ON A MARCH followed by N(orth)
I started to watch this film, but it was so awful that I turned it off after about ten minutes
7d Route zero comes up through American state (4,4)
Put the reversal of a three-letter word meaning zero inside an American state
15d Wobble being unwell during leave (9)
A word meaning unwell inside a verb meaning to leave or empty
18d Turn, then punch, producing shower of blows? (8)
A verb meaning to turn followed by a punch gives something that shows the direction in which air is blowing
23d Habit of socially inept person (6)
Ouch! – another of those cryptic definitions – this one concerns the type of attire allegedly worn by a trainspotter
26d Chinese people coming into Georgia’s country (5)
The native Chinese people inside the abbreviation for the American state of Georgia
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The Quick Crossword pun: ghost+rate=go straight