Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30095 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Good morning from a lovely sunny, if very chilly, autumnal day here in East Kent. It doesn’t take long to work out who set this week’s Prize Puzzle – the pangram with quite a lot of anagrams means it must be the work of Cephas
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.
2a On good terms with class, head regularly knowing enough (4-8)
An informal expression meaning on good terms with, a school class and the regular letters of hEaD
9a Officer of business cross with lover (8)
A officer in charge of a boat or crew – an abbreviated business, the letter that looks like a cross and a poetic word for a lover
13a Drip returning, normal to remove front of optics? (6)
A reversal (returning) of an abbreviated (medical) drip and a synonym for normal without its first letter (to remove front)
17a Forty winks Felix has? (6)
A cryptic definition of a short sleep, Felix being a common name for a feline pet
23a Most wishy-washy from pub included by the way (8)
A pub inserted (included) between THE (from the clue) and an abbreviated way
24a Simple type dressed in iron with gold torch (8)
Something simple or sweet inserted between (dressed in) the chemical symbols for iron and gold
26a Infected? No admittance unfortunately (12)
An anagram (unfortunately) of NO ADMITTANCE
1d After most of month I take alternative lower rank (6)
Most of a month, I (from the clue) and a conjunction used to link alternatives
3d Protected, like a building like one in Pisa (6)
A type of protected, usually historical, building or something that is leaning over like the one in Pisa
4d Desperately recruit next man to bring in old form of assessment? (6,3,6)
An anagram (desperately) of RECRUIT NEXT MAN to into which (to bring in) is inserted the abbreviation for old
7d Astonishingly, April due to give back number (8)
An anagram (astonishingly) of APRIL DUE – the number referring to anaesthetics rather than maths
14d Second rug removed and purloined (9)
I’ve included a hint for this one because it took me a long time to see that it was an anagram (removed) of SECOND RUG
15d Final defeat
that’s the end of the line? (8)
A final defeat or the name of a London railway terminus (at the end of the line)
22d Own up now Frenchman has sex appeal (5)
The two-letter abbreviation meaning in the current times (now), an abbreviated Frenchman and one of the words used (mostly in crosswords these days) to mean sex appeal
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The Quick Crossword pun: WART + ERR + WHEY = WATERWAY