Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30179 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A Saturday Prize Puzzle for Christmas Eve without any seasonal references at all
Merry Christmas to all my fellow bloggers and commenters (not forgetting the lurkers) and, of course, to all the cryptic crossword setters who bring us such enjoyment, even when they make us want to 4d!
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.
4a Fellow player cooked meat more than once (8)
Two anagrams (cooked … more than once) of MEAT
11a Bond welcomes brilliant rant (6)
A bond ‘welcomes’ a slang word (especially and originally from the US) meaning brilliant or excellent
12a News of how murder victim died? (8)
Split an official report of public news 6,2 and you’ll see how the murder victim died
13a Chaperone with Charlie repairing receiver (8)
If you take a type of ‘receiver’ and add the letter represented by Charlie in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, an anagram (repairing) will give you the word CHAPERONE
25a Crusty drone? (6)
A drone or someone who idles could be possibly, hence the ?, be someone who likes crusty bread
26a Sticking to fan (8)
An adjective meaning sticking to or a fan or follower
1d Month’s work for one in the main (7)
An abbreviated month and a [musical] work
3d Party’s initial intrigue for Bush (6)
Misleading capitals time – the initial letter of Party and a verb meaning to intrigue or fascinate combine to give us a type of bush
14d Deal with counter that’s found on two-wheeler (9)
A verb meaning to deal with and a counter
15d Turn part of organ air-passage (8)
A synonym for turn and part of a [musical] organ give us a bodily air-passage
17d Back on coastal area shortly with new weapons (7)
Another word for back and an abbreviated particular coastal area
22d Land in single benefice (5)
An area of church land belonging to a single benefice is hidden in the last two words of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: FORT + TIFF +EYE = FORTIFY