Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30203 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A bright sunny, thankfully frost-free, Saturday morning brings a, slightly tricky in places, Saturday Prize Puzzle with a palindromic number
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 Freedom in empty pretentious truisms (10)
A word meaning freedom from restraint inserted into the outside (empty) letter of PretentiouS
13a Inspiration seen in opera, ‘Tosca’ (5)
The Greek muse of lyric love poetry (inspiration) is hidden in the last two words of the clue
15a Boasting of a daughter in good show (7)
A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Daughter inserted into an interjection meaning well done (good show)
19a Write sad poem the Spanish say is trite, ultimately (7)
The Spanish definite article, the abbreviation meaning say, for example, IS (from the clue) and the ultimate letter of tritE
22a Arrangement of ornamental edges? Not edges! (5)
Some ornamental edges without their ‘edges’ or outside letters
27a Repeatedly elected to protect Turkey, so critical (9)
Two lots of the word meaning ‘recently elected’ into which is inserted (to protect) the IVR Code for Turkey, the result finished with a Latin word meaning so or thus
30a Authority to sell wood going to royal vessel (10)
A type of wood, a royal cipher and a vessel
1d Quiz group of top umpires (4)
Hidden in the last two words of the clue
2d Unfinished tomb coated in marble compound (9)
Compound or make worse – a tomb without its final letter (unfinished) is inserted into (coated in) a marble used in games made of a type of chalcedony with the same name
5d A noble estate (7)
The lands of a particular British nobleman
8d Circus school in trendy capital (10)
A school (eg of whales) inserted between an informal way of saying trendy and the capital of Italy
9d City allowed to keep Conservative in charge, being diverse (8)
The postcode area of the City of London and part of a verb meaning allowed, between which is inserted (to keep) the abbreviation for Conservative, the abbreviation meaning in charge being added at the end
18d Fierce doctor: brief pain is hard (9)
An abbreviated doctor, a synonym for pain without its final letter (brief), IS (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Hard
26d Secret look back to find castle (4)
A reversal (back) of a secret look
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The Quick Crossword pun: MOW + TOR + WEIGH = MOTORWAY