Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29533 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Tilsit has had to dash off to his second home in the hospital.
A very average Prize Puzzle this 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.
8a Star witnesses not entirely marvellous (4)
Most of (not entirely) a word meaning marvellous gives these three wise men
9a For audience bring in tea dispenser (3)
Sounds like a verb meaning to bring in a wage
10a Start on ploughman’s with low-fat pickle? (6)
The initial letter (start) of P[loughman’s] followed by a word meaning low-fat
12a Frank describing works of Luke and John? (8)
Not as in open but something placed on a stamp, mainly to prevent its reuse, when split (4,4) describes the works of Luke and John in the bible
15a Beloved son, small, placed by couple (7)
S(on) followed by a word meaning small and a verb meaning to couple or link
23a Doorbell broken — here one’s invited to knock! (8)
An anagram (broken) of DOORBELL gives a somewhat risqué definition of a posh word for a brothel
26a Hairstyle that might be red or grey? (6)
Two definitions – the first being one of the best definitions in the BRB (see definition 3), the second being a fish
28a Smoker sighted in Vietnam (4)
Hidden (sighted in) inside the clue
1d Nation on Chile’s borders shows venom (6)
Place an African nation on top of (in a down clue) the outer letters (borders) of C[hil]E
3d Georges perhaps one involved with gun schemes? (9,6)
This George is found in many aircraft! A type of gun is followed by some schemes around (involved with) I (one)
5d Religious doctrine rewritten as Sicilian Pope leads mass (15)
An anagram (rewritten) of AS SICILIAN POPE followed by M(ass)
7d Become friendlier, we hear, finding God (4)
This Norse God sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning to become friendlier
16d Lived once in Bath — hard to leave! (3)
A verb meaning to bath without the H(ard)
18d Spooner becomes confused about international killer (8)
… an anagram not a Spoonerism this time
19d Replacement used for term: issue for children? (7)
What term is used for two words that essentially mean the same thing?
22d Knack revealed in story books (6)
A story followed by the second set of books of the bible
24d Burden setter and solver must carry? (4)
Split this burden as (2,2) and it could describe being carried by both setter and solver
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The Quick Crossword pun: mill+key+whey=Milky Way