Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30005 (Hints)
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Tilsit has once again been called in to assist railway passengers so I’ve stepped in to provide some hints for what I thought was quite a tricky pangram of a Prize Puzzle, mainly because some of the clues took a bit of ‘ah, that’s how it works!’
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 Act more quickly with two pieces of meat (4-4)
Two pieces of meat combine to make an expression meaning to hurry up
9a Overhead signs? (6)
A cryptic definition of some imaginary signs in the heavens (overhead)
17a Give advance warning to companion at the front (10)
The expression meaning to give advance warning is fairly well-known but I had to think about the parsing – a constant or inseparable companion goes after an adjective meaning at the front
19d A French friend in front of a board is disagreeable (11)
The French indefinite article and an informal friend go in front of A (from the clue) and a board
23a Eagle I left in the water (6)
The genus of the eagle is obtained by putting I (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Left into water
25a Submission having broken knee in dining room (8)
An anagram (broken) of KNEE Inserted into a dining room
2d Head covering gangster (4)
A head covering or a slang term for a gangster
5d Picture book theory that’s used in magazines (15)
A picture, a book similar to a diary and a suffix used to indicate a system or theory
8d Plant weapon base (9)
A weapon and a base or foundation of something
12d Not about coming from Winchester possibly with toothpaste and artificial milk? (9)
The solution is in the plural because it refers to both a function of toothpaste and/or some artificial milk for coffee or tea – an anagram (possibly) of WINcHESTER without the Latin abbreviation for about
20d Wrecked state of bear not bothered to start with (4)
A name for a bear, especially in children’s stores without the first letter of Bothered (not …. to start with)
21d Positive quality luxurious for the most part (4)
Almost all (for the most part) of a synonym for luxurious
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The Quick Crossword pun: PORE + SHUN + CONTROL = PORTION CONTROL