Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29311 (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 Less familiar way to meet worker in park (8)
A two-letter way or road followed by someone who works in a large park
6a Jar for this berry? (4)
A verb meaning to jar gives a type of fruit when followed by the word berry
9a Unusual question — not to one that sparkles? (6)
An anagram (unusual) of QUES[T]I[O]N without the letters of TO
15a Dickens will accept article for Ruth’s husband (4)
The three-letter alias used by Charles Dickens around A (indefinite article)
17a Boring bird? (10)
A cryptic definition of a bird that bores holes in trees
22a Advantage facing high ground in Civil War battle (8)
An advantage followed by some high ground
23a Flexible western dropout? (6)
W(estern) followed by a sixties dropout
25a Coward’s work that could make one sniffy (3,5)
This Coward is playwright Noel Coward
2d United drew (4)
4d Refined chap, slippery type (7)
A posh chap followed by a slippery fish
6d Princely payment? (7)
A cryptic definition of a payment to an author or composer
7d Turn on or off, then reverse to find railway (10)
Concatenate two verbs – the first meaning to turn on or off and the other to reverse
12d Type of betting established inequality (5,4)
A verb meaning established is followed by some inequality
17d Witty fellow covering part of leg for cleaning (7)
What on earth does the surface reading mean? – concentrate on putting a three-letter witty fellow around (covering) part of the leg
18d Course not to be taken by drivers (7)
A track that should only be used by pedestrians
21d Another pew seating elder initially in part of church (4)
The initial letters of four words in the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: feud+Forth+ought=food for thought