Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29473 (Hints)
The Crossword Club
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This is a slightly tougher Saturday puzzle, which suggest it may be the handiwork of one of our Tuesday Toughie setters.
Tilsit has been called away to serve an early shift this morning, but hopes to return next week.
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 Conscientious old man at home killing vampires? (11)
A charade of a two-letter father (old man), a word meaning at home and a method allegedly used for killing vampires
9a Make one college tenure vacant? (5)
A three-letter abbreviation for a college followed by T[enur]E without its inner letters (vacant)
11a Maybe Gatwick Express connects to harbour (7)
A verb meaning to express followed by a harbour
14a One dies in little pain (8)
Someone who dies is also a word used for an annoying child (little pain)
19a Charlie greatest boxer in Colombian city (4)
Combine C(harlie) with the adopted surname of the self-proclaimed “greatest” boxer then look the result up to find that it is a city in Columbia!
21a European snake in Geordie town? That causes a stir (8)
E(uropean) and a three-letter snake go inside how a Geordie pronounces town
25a One million in criminal deposit made most favourable (9)
I (one) and M(illion) inside an anagram (criminal) of DEPOSIT
27a Recklessly altered mint causing harm (11)
An anagram (recklessly) of ALTERED MINT
2d Spanish chum is yours truly? Get away! (5)
A word meaning is followed by the first person singular subjective pronoun (yours truly) and a verb meaning to get away
4d Wrong answer to consume evil pancake (8)
A legal wrong and A(nswer) around an evil
6d Champion to watch out for Duncan-Smith? (8)
A verb meaning to watch out followed by how some may (incorrectly) spell one of the Christian names of politician Duncan Smith (no hyphen!)
7d Irish ham cut round inside Asian place (9)
An anagram (cut) of IRISH HAM with the round letter inside
12d Gains control over temper — it’s very important (11)
A verb meaning gains control over followed by temper or mood
13d Word to describe English PM receiving ambassador (7)
E(nglish) followed by the surname of either of two Prime Ministers who served under George III, the latter around (receiving) the title afforded an ambassador
17d Waved proudly and ran to embrace relative (8)
A verb meaning ran (away from) around (to embrace) a female relative
19d Top international appearing in fashion title (7)
A verb meaning to top or outdo followed by I(nternational) inside (appearing in) a three-letter fashion
24d Son put to bed shows damage (4)
S(on) inside a child’s bed
For today’s music we dig deep into the Rockabilly archives for this 1956 track by Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘n Roll Trio:
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The Quick Crossword pun: quay+whole=keyhole