Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29838 (Hints)
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A very straightforward pangram for our Saturday Prize Puzzle this week so I’m not entirely sure which clues to hint. Let me know if you need hints for the ones I’ve omitted
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 Bureaucrat, one who numbers runners? (4,7)
An informal term for an official which sounds like they might number a particular vegetable, an example of which is a runner
16a I name worker accepting poisonous inebriant (10)
I (from the clue, the abbreviation for name and one of crosswordland’s workers accepting a synonym for poisonous
22a Greeting old country, it’s to do with mountains (8)
An informal greeting and an old country
26a How overenthusiastic stretcher case was transported? (7,4)
A cryptic definition of how someone might be overenthusiastic or indeed how a stretcher case was transported
1d Male went first prepared for action (7)
A male animal and a simple way of saying ‘went first’
9d Those over there accepting blame after main treatment of disease (4,7)
I’d not heard of this x-ray treatment but a plural pronoun meaning those over there into which is inserted (accepting) some blame goes after a synonym for the high seas (main)
17d Practical skill of detective Nicholas shortly going round hospital (7)
An abbreviated detective, a shortened version of Nicholas ‘going round’ the abbreviation for hospital
23d Specialised food shop, one third of it (4)
The abbreviated way of referring to this specialised food shop is one third of its full name
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The Quick Crossword pun: ANTIC + WEIGHTED = ANTIQUATED