Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29497 (Hints)
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Tilsit is at work today, so I am back in my old slot!
Slightly trickier than the usual Saturday Prize Puzzle, but very enjoyable.
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 Online writer — second-class feller (7)
The letter that represents second-class is followed by a (tree) feller
5a An outside line to ring? (7)
A cryptic definition of a geometric line
11a Deep breath? (3,6)
A light wind over “the deep”
15a State capital has no love for religious ritual (9)
The capital of a US state without (has no) its final O (love)
19a Odds in rugby tournament slashed at the outset (5)
“Odds” is a strange word for this betting term – drop (slashed) the initial letter (at the outset) from a type of rugby tournament
23a Fat soldier catching fish (9)
A six-letter soldier around (catching) a fish
26a Ne plus ultra strangely unremarkable (7)
An anagram (strangely) of NE with (plus) ULTRA
28a Gem dealer nuts to accept million (7)
An anagram (nuts) of DEALER around (to accept) M(illion)
1d Cooked bass initially weighed (7)
The initial letter of B[ass] followed by a verb meaning weighed (an anchor)
2d All family members at home in Scots island? (7)
Split as (1,3,3), if true, could mean all the family members are at home to a Scot
4d Bean soup — nothing less for seconds? (7-2)
a type of bean followed by S[O]UP without (less) O (nothing)
6d Mounted champion decapitated? It’s terrifying! (9)
Put a champion on a (female) horse (mounted) and drop the initial letter (decapitated) – I had thought that the term “decapitated” was not allowed in Telegraph crosswords in case a news item rendered it insensitive!
7d Controversial European driver (7)
E(uropean) followed by a driver or purpose
16d Green light in spare room (9)
Two definitions – spare room being an amount of play between parts of a machine
20d A royal flag from the South African nation (7)
The A from the clue followed by our Queen’s regnal cipher (royal) and a verb meaning to flag, all reversed (from the South in a down clue)
21d Dropped bombs without casing (7)
24d British in Australia finally denounce exploitation (5)
B(ritish) inside AUS(tralia) followed by the final letter of [denounce]E
Another of my favourite tracks today, this one is by Dave Edmunds:
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The Quick Crossword pun: claw+row+fill=chlorophyll