Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29646 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Welcome to another chilly Saturday in Crosswordland – I’ve two thoughts on who set this Prize Puzzle so I’ll be interested to see if one of them turns up to claim responsibility. I’m a last minute stand-in for the hard-working Tilsit and have to have lunch quite promptly today as Mr CS has his second jab this afternoon. This means that I’ve not been able to add illustrations to these quickly bashed out hints (which may please some more than others).
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. If you need help with any other clues, just ask
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 Wet bear hid nuts for food (5,5)
A nice friendly anagram (nuts) to start us off
9a Name European plant in allotment (10)
The abbreviation for European and a verb meaning to plant, inserted into an allotment
23a See pin has damaged letter (9)
This Biblical letter is an anagram (damaged) of SEE PIN HAS
24a Flatter fizzy drinks for the audience (4)
A homophone (for the audience) of some fizzy drinks
29a Oppose token performance (10)
Synonyms for a token and a performance
1d Part of speech that’s hummed out loud (4)
This part of speech is a homophone (out loud) of a verb meaning to spin with a humming noise
5d Number initially applauded on stage (6)
The initial letter of applauded and a verb meaning to stage
14d Fortune-hunter in favour of area seizing power
A way of saying in favour of and an area ‘seizing’ the abbreviation for power
17d Stirring part of service (8)
A cryptic definition with a deceptive surface reading – you need to think of a particular type of service
25d Hurry, hide! (4)
A double definition – one a verb, the other a noun
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The Quick Crossword pun: tailors+whiffed=Taylor Swift