Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30119 (Hints)
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Crypticsue is not available today so it falls to me to provide a few hints to get you started on the Saturday Prize Puzzle.
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.
Today’s puzzle is not a pangram so I’ll leave you to guess the identity of the setter.
Some hints for what I consider to be the harder clues follow.
1a Save family mansion? (9)
Stick together a word meaning family or ancestry and a term for a mansion or large imposing building.
8a Inside with instruction to secretary to do this for boss in his absence, how petty! (13)
Start with a synonym for inside and add what a boss may tell his secretary to do if he’s not available to deal with his outgoing correspondence (4,2,1,3’1).
13a Ask about in person (5)
A verb to ask or implore containing IN (from the clue).
21a Rude fellow bringing back fodder ducks (5)
Reverse a word for fodder made from grass and add two occurrences of the letter that resembles a duck in cricket.
28a Does toffee-maker eventually come to this? (6,3)
A phrase meaning a disaster which cryptically might describe what a toffee-maker reaches after making his gooey product.
2d One who wanted more / tobacco, perhaps (5)
Double definition, the first a literary character and the second chewing tobacco made in the form of a roll.
3d Not a current sort of light? (6)
Cryptic definition of a sort of light which doesn’t need electric current and which we may need if the worst predictions for power cuts come true this winter.
9d Sue quaintly pleasing, ordinary language first (9)
An adjective meaning quaintly pleasing or twee follows ordinary language, i.e. not poetry.
10d Papa with scope giving trite remark (9)
The letter that papa represents in the Nato Phonetic Alphabet and a word meaning scope or room to manoeuvre.
22d Type of power from a beastly male in charge (6)
Assemble A, a male domestic pet and the abbreviation for ‘in charge’.
26d Continue to shake vehicle (5)
Split your answer 3,2 to get a phrasal verb meaning to continue to shake or brandish.
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The Quick Crossword pun: GERM + ANNE + BITE = GERMAN BIGHT