Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30185 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A dark, damp and unseasonably warm New Year’s Eve brings another Saturday Prize Puzzle with an opportunity to play ‘guess the setter’.
I found this one of those crosswords where you solve one corner at a time, the one in the SW taking the longest, although looking at it now, I am not entirely sure why. If I haven’t hinted the clue you are stuck on, see if it might be an anagram or a lurker
As this is my last blog post of 2022, can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year
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 Priest with proclamation to foretell (7)
An abbreviation for priest and a proclamation
12a Lowly servant (6)
Relating to work of a lowly nature or a servant performing such work
13a Clothing in which one does not puff so much! (10)
A cryptic definition of some articles of clothing
16a Ground rent originally under here (9)
The point on the earth’s surface directly over the origin of something that makes the ground ‘rent’
22a Sharp played by mistake? (10)
A musical term for a note not in the key signature, eg a sharp; or an adjective meaning happening by mistake
25a Criminal from Germany full of dread (8)
The abbreviation for Germany into which is inserted (full of) dread or anxiety
29a Leaves chaps in shot (7)
An anagram (shot) of CHAPS IN
2d Radio he’s retuned in old country (8)
An anagram (retuned) of RADIO HES
6d Be quiet gently going round edge in bright pink (6)
An instruction to be quiet and a musical abbreviation meaning gently go ’round’ an edge
7d I, during bungee jumping, dance (7)
I (from the clue) inserted into an anagram (jumping) of BUNGEE produces a dance of French-West Indian origin
14d Rickety vehicle, shake catch (10)
Synonyms of shake and catch
19d Rider maybe looking very tired (7)
The surname of an author of adventure fiction romances set in exotic locations (Rider being his middle name) or an adjective meaning looking very tired
26d Sharp instrument piercing the peel (4)
Piercing or going inside the last two words of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: ODDER + SEIZE = ODYSSEYS