Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30083 Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Another sunny Saturday morning here in East Kent where we are still waiting in vain for rain. For a change, it is one of those Saturdays where we will have to play Guess the Setter as I don’t think this is the work of Cephas (it isn’t a pangram for a start), despite all the anagrams
With this in mind, if I haven’t provided a hint the clue you are stuck on may well be one of the anagrams.
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.
7a Chaotic disintegration can become most confusing (14)
The first of several long anagrams – this one is an anagram (chaotic) of DISINTEGRATION
9a Financial correspondent, one making urban changes? (4,6)
The job title of this newspaper financial correspondent sounds like they could be someone making urban changes
16a Tease about black clothing (4)
A reversal (about) of a verb meaning to tease followed by the abbreviation for black
17a Never-ending road heading west round twisted stunted tree (7)
A reversal of a road (heading west in an Across solution) goes round an anagram (twisted) of almost all (stunted) of TREe
20a Husband taking long time over race (4)
The abbreviation for husband and a reversal (over) of a period of time
28a Music player for each child and adult dancing to reels (8,6)
A way of saying for each, a male child, the abbreviation for adult and an anagram (dancing) of TO REELS
1d Cleric lacking energy involved in a case related to management (14)
A type of clergyman without the E (lacking) energy inserted between A (from the clue) and a grammatical case
3d Produced food we hear (4)
This synonym for produced sounds like (we hear) a type of food
5d Southern sailor gave promising signs, resembling a heavenly body (4-6)
The abbreviation for Southern and a sailor followed by part of a verb, one of the BRB definitions of which is, indeed, “give promising signs”
15d Dress warmly before a game of golf in this garment (10)
To dress warmly goes before a complete series of holes in a game of golf
26d Food — some platefuls sent back (4)
Hidden in reverse in platefuls
27d Grim villain, therefore overturned (4)
A reversal (overturned) of a Latin word meaning therefore
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The Quick Crossword pun: PANE + STAY + KING = PAINSTAKING