Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30197 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Some very wet and windy weather means that this is the ideal day to be indoors solving crosswords.
This for me is a good thing, as after I’ve published these hints, I have two crosswords to test solve, the Giant GK puzzle to share with Mr CS (I put in the stuff I know and he looks up the unknowns), and a Picaroon (Robyn) in the Graun and two crosswords from NYDK (Tees in the Independent and Neo in the FT), while not forgetting to solve and review today’s NTSPP
Today’s Telegraph Prize Puzzle didn’t take particularly long to solve but there are a couple of clues where you have to think carefully before committing pen to newspaper grid. I wonder how many people, like me, didn’t think that the Quick Pun ‘worked’?
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 Remember what visiting baby-sitters do (4,2,4)
What a visiting baby-sitter could be said to do
6a Nipper‘s apple? (4)
A sea creature that nips or a type of wild apple
15a Please turn to next page to see it (8)
A cryptic definition of the page on the other side of the current one
16a Essential flat part of calculator? (6)
A synonym for essential and a slang term for a flat
24a Talent ineffectual for the most part (4)
Most of a two-word phrase meaning ineffectual
28a Square meal ultimately ignored by returning Russian leader (4)
A reversal (returning) of the name of a former Russian leader without (ignored) the ultimate letter of meal
29a Those present are in it (10)
The number of people present at something could also be said to be in [the solution]
1d Short alley crossing river (4)
A passage or alley ‘crossing’ the abbreviation for river
3d Sneak giving indication that it is an obvious clue (8,4)
A sneak reporting the misdeeds of others and an indication
8d Racket having fought over raw 4 (10)
A way of saying having fought goes over (in a Down solution) some raw 4d
11d Played part of individual I married going round (12)
I (from the clue) and a synonym for married going round an individual human being
14d After prayer, regularly disowns offertory (10)
The regular letters of dIsOwNs goes after a short prayer
21d Former lover seen with Pope from a prosperous area (7)
The usual ‘two-letter’ former lover and the name of several Popes combine to give an (originally American) adjective meaning from a prosperous area outside a town
25d Rod left chopper outside (4)
A type of chopper goes outside the abbreviation for left
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The Quick Crossword pun: REAPER + CUSHION = REPERCUSSION