Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30413 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A beautiful, but very chilly, September morning brings what I thought was a fairly typical Saturday Prize Puzzle
Another crossword where it is hard to select which clues to hint. Quite a few of the ones I haven’t hinted are anagrams or hidden words, but if you are still stuck, just ask and I’ll help where I can without breaking the red rules
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 Blundered, as writer failed to charm? (10)
Made a mistake when writing something does sound like it could also mean what would happen if a witch failed to charm
12a Trendy wife stops performing in choir? (8)
An informal synonym for trendy – the abbreviation for Wife inserted into (stops) what someone is doing if they are performing in a choir
17a Corbyn perhaps returned, then departed to find banker (7)
A reversal (returned) of a colour associated with things left-wing (Jeremy Corbyn being an example of such a person) followed by a simple way of saying departed combine to give the name of a river (banker)
19a My boss stops me for dancing in play (7)
The abbreviated boss of the setter ‘stops’ or goes inside an anagram (dancing) of ME FOR
27a Produce I have is serviceable (9)
A verb meaning to produce and an abbreviated way of saying I have
28a Mail for one person who does the cleaning? (5)
The Mail is an example (for one) of a regularly appearing newspaper; the same word can also refer to someone who does the cleaning
30a Taught once more to keep son under control (10)
Part of a verb meaning taught once more into which is inserted (to keep) the abbreviation for son
1d Pointers obtained from trio in nursery rhyme? (4)
Computer ‘pointers’ or three creatures in a nursery rhyme
5d Promised good period of time in conclusion (7)
The abbreviation for good and a period of time inserted into a conclusion
9d Ascertains size of hands and feet, for example (8)
A double definition – the first relating to a verb and the second to what hands and feet are examples of
16d Rambling about being put in charge (8)
The usual ‘about, on the subject of’ inserted into a verb meaning to charge with a crime
18d Happiness over English vicar’s first promotion (9)
A synonym for happiness goes ‘over’ the abbreviation for English and the first letter of vicar
20d Church in Spain supports graduate organisation (7)
The abbreviation for Church, IN (from the clue) and the IVR Code for Spain ‘supports’ or goes after in a Down solution, an abbreviated graduate
26d Got a good look at fish, we hear (4)
A homophone (we hear) of a type of fish
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The Quick Crossword pun: OWE + POSY + SHUN = OPPOSITION