Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30173 (Hints)
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Another freezing cold day here in East Kent which seemed to make everything I had to do this morning quite a bit slower and that was before I had to try and find the crossword, the newspaper version being hidden behind an excessive number of advertisements for a particular perfume.
Although it took a while to get going, once I’d realised the crossword was very likely to be a pangram, it didn’t take that long to finish. It has been difficult to pick which clues to hint but quite a few of the ones I’ve omitted are anagrams or lurkers
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 Kick policeman, you will pay for it (4,3,4)
A verb meaning to kick and a London slang term for the police
10a Go to pieces after being dismissed in disturbance (8)
A simple way of saying go to pieces goes after a cricket-related adjective meaning dismissed
13a Crazy unknown has some (4)
A mathematical unknown and another word for some
21a Close follower of stock movements (6)
Someone whose occupation is to follow cattle on the move
24a Beast having its pride (7)
A cryptic definition of a member of a pride
26a Face athlete leading contestant (11)
A synonym for face and an athlete
1d Resort in front in chaos (7)
I haven’t heard mention of this Essex seaside town in years – an anagram (in chaos) of IN FRONT
2d See lower crossing place (6)
This diocese (see) got its name from a crossing place for cattle (lower)
5d Inside celebrated having exceedingly bad reputation (8)
A simple way of saying inside and a synonym for celebrated
9d Wickedly fast delivery person? (5,6)
A cryptic definition of a fast cricketer making ‘deliveries’
20d Button‘s issue after info on the radio (6)
A male child (issue) goes after a homophone (on the radio) of a slang word for information
23d Attention-seeker seen in Bishop’s Stortford (4)
An interjection used to attract attention can be seen in the last two words of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: OPEN + AWL + OURS = OPEN ALL HOURS