Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30125 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Good morning from East Kent on quite a warm morning where the sun and the clouds can’t quite decide which one of them should prevail.
Another day to play ‘Guess the Setter’ – I’ve placed my 50p bet as to the setter of this Prize Puzzle is, so I’ll be interested to see who turns up to claim responsibility. If I haven’t hinted a clue you are stuck on, see if it contains an anagram or a hidden word
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 Agile Romeo taken in by mole (4)
The letter represented by Romeo in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet ‘taken in’ by a mole
6a Divan up to now incomplete (4)
Almost all (incomplete) of a phrase meaning up to now
8a Those unable to settle could end up here (10,5)
A cryptic definition of a place where those unable to pay their bills may end up
10a Female teller, a lady? (8)
This lady sounds like she could be a person who totals a number of something (eg votes)
15a What pitchers do in French settlement? (6)
These pitchers put up tents – the French word for in and a settlement
23a Better that non-drinker leaves this (4)
I’ve hinted this clue purely because it made me smile – Just remove the abbreviation for a non-drinker from the first word of the clue.
25a Trade regularly accepting nothing for manoeuvre (4)
A verb meaning to trade regularly ‘accepting’ the letter representing nothing
1d Give support to underwriter? (9)
A prefix meaning under and a writer
3d False trusty person upset dupe (7-2)
A trusty person and an anagram (upset) of DUPE
7d Know beforehand said number understand (7)
A homophone (said) of a number and part of a verb meaning to understand
12d Exchanging least with more springy rubber-like plastic (9)
An anagram (exchanging) of LEAST with MORE
14d I complete service outside in a respectful way (9)
A service or obligation go ‘outside’ I (from the clue) and a synonym for complete
16d Occasionally unsafe to go round room that houses engine (7)
One of those words you learn more by solving crosswords than studying planes! A structure housing the engine on an aeroplane – the occasional letters of uNsAfE go round a small room
20d Not set to manage City (5)
A verb meaning to manage and an abbreviated for (unindicated) an American city often found in cryptic crosswords
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The Quick Crossword pun: INDIE + PENDANTS = INDEPENDENTS