Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29820 (Hints)
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Tilsit is busy at work once again so you’re stuck with me for today’s hints. I thought that this puzzle was much more what I think a prize puzzle should be like than recent Saturday puzzles and therefore is more enjoyable. Whereas for recent puzzles I had a struggle to find enough clues to hint, this week it was trickier to decide which ones to leave out.
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.
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Some hints follow.
8a Eradicate native Australian solicitor (4,3)
The short form of a native Australian creature and a solicitor (i.e. someone soliciting business).
11a A county going after prize turned over huge sum of money (9)
A (from the clue) and the short name of a county north of London follow the reversal of a prize or jewel.
17a Retreat harder on sons failing to clinch victory (4,2,4,5)
An anagram (failing) of HARDER ON SONS contains a synonym of victory.
24a Wife in love, remarkably I say (5)
Insert the genealogical abbreviation for wife into an anagram (remarkably) of LOVE.
28a On supermarket shelf just around the corner (2,5)
Double definition, the second meaning ‘just around the corner’ or ‘about to happen’.
1d Evidence cake’s been swiped? Good Lord! (6)
This mild exclamation of surprise could be what’s left after a cake’s been nicked.
3d Threatening, in order to achieve command (10)
A preposition (3) meaning ‘in order to achieve’ is followed by another word for a command or request.
15d Student of behaviour got hostile when misbehaving! (10)
This student of animal or human behaviour (not a word I was familiar with) is an anagram (when misbehaving) of GOT HOSTILE.
16d Petty official patient man throws out (9)
Join together an Old Testament man known for his patience and an anagram (out) of THROWS.
25d Oil perhaps observed from below in defective bulldozer (4)
Hidden in reverse (from below, in a down clue).
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