Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30077 (Hints)
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In these ever-changing times there are some things we can rely on – a Bank Holiday Saturday so we have, for the first time in ages, had a few drops of rain, the Christmas puddings and mince pies are on the supermarket shelves (another customer and I did discuss this morning whether we should buy a pudding now as goodness only knows what they’ll cost by Christmas!) – and, of course, that the Daily Telegraph Prize Puzzle will be another Cephas pangram.
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.
6a Number, few swirl in dance (9,4)
A number followed by synonyms for few and swirl
9a In a low place he is found clinging (8)
A (from the clue) and a slang term for a disreputable (low) place between which the fifth and sixth words of the clue are ‘found’
11a Intertwine most of garland (6)
Most of a verb meaning to intertwine
16a Hold up to ridicule old punishment device (7)
A double definition – a verb meaning to hold up to ridicule or an old punishment device
20d Valley to north, secret service found place in Spain (8)
A valley, the abbreviation for north and the American secret service
27a Be with duelling Joe performing for anniversary (6,7)
An anagram (performing) of BE with DUELLING JOE
1d Urge factory to produce fruit (8)
A verb meaning to urge or incite and a factory
4d Way could be smoothed out? Not so! (6)
An anagram (out) of sM
oOTHED without (not) the letters SO
7d Deliver tragic new charge in case? (4,9)
An anagram (new) of DELIVER TRAGIC
18d Praiseworthy and clever to support archbishop (8)
An adjective meaning clever goes after (supporting in a Down solution) the name of an Archbishop of Canterbury back in the 1600s. There are bound to be complaints about this but he’s been in crosswords before and if, like me, you live near Canterbury, you do tend to know about him!
19d Going round New Jersey, first support dog (7)
A way of saying ‘support number one’ goes round the abbreviation for New Jersey
22d Not quite dispose of Greek character’s leading tool (6)
A Greek character going before (leading) almost all of a verb meaning to dispose of for money or other equivalent
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The Quick Crossword pun: WHEY + FAIRER = WAYFARER