Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30155 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A damp but sunny morning here in East Kent brings a Saturday Prize Puzzle, which, once I had stopped being disconcerted by the new font in the newspaper version, and noticed quite a few anagrams and hidden words, didn’t take me that long to solve.
I’ll be interested to see which setter turns up to lay claim to this crossword, and also to see who commenters think it might be.
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 Gradient Brian negotiated having to grit his teeth (4,3,4,2)
An anagram (negotiated) of GRADIENT BRIAN – I wonder if the setter had ‘our’ Brian in mind when they wrote this clue?
10a Have no credit in old money (3)
An old coin without the abbreviation for credit
16a Ghost said supporter will accompany cat (7)
A homophone (said) of a supporter accompanied by a male cat
20a Firm breaking law in the beginning (8)
An anagram (breaking) of LAW inserted into the beginning of something
26a Given and received from building society perhaps (6)
This adjective meaning ‘given and received’ can also describe an institution such as a building society owned by its customers
27a Last to end of boxing match, or race? (2,3,8)
To endure to the end of a boxing match or a race
1d Top cover for retirement (8)
A cryptic definition of something that covers your top when you are in bed
2d Pet about to be given American food (8)
The single letter abbreviation for about, the abbreviation for American and a type of food combine to give an informal word meaning to kiss and cuddle (pet)
5d Collect maybe where light gets in through (6)
A beam of light inserted into (gets in) a word meaning ‘through’
15d Husband has two opposing points to axe (3)
The abbreviation for husband and two opposing compass points
17d Companion giving friendly assistance? (8)
This companion sounds like they could give assistance to a friend
22d Real upset about politician is more considerable (6)
An anagram (upset) of REAL goes ‘about’ an abbreviated politician
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The Quick Crossword pun: AXE + SEA + DENT + ALLEY = ACCIDENTALLY