Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29832 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Tilsit is officiating at the European Quiz Olympiad in Krakow, Poland, and so I’m standing in for him this week. He hopes to be available to host the Saturday Crossword Club again from next week onwards for the foreseeable future.
I have a fair idea who set this friendly Saturday Prize Puzzle so will be interested to see if they turn up later to confirm.
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. It has been quite difficult to decide which clues to hint – quite a lot of the ones I didn’t involve anagrams, if that helps!
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.
My full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Fish photographer (7)
A double definition to start with – either a fish or a slang term for a photographer
5a Failure to put fastener on the ceiling? (5-2)
A type of fastener and an adverb relating to where you’d be if you were on the ceiling
13a Many years on in heaven, looking back (5)
I haven’t heard anyone use this informal word for (literally) many years 😊 Insert ON (from the clue) in a reversal (looking back) of a synonym for heaven
28a Suffering evident in unit, or men triumphant? (7)
Hidden (evident) in the last four words of the clue
1d Day is fairly empty for meet (7)
An abbreviated day, IS (from the clue) and the outside letters (empty) of fairly
7d Lacking success, wife out more, presumably? (7)
The abbreviation for Wife and what she’d presumably be if she was out more (2,4)
16d Vegetable piece split (9)
Another word for a chess piece and a two-word phrase meaning to split or leave
24d Stop ruminants stealing last of breakfast (5)
Some ruminants ‘stealing’ the last letter of breakfast
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The Quick Crossword pun: WHAT+TILER = WAT TYLER