Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30425 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Another week has whizzed by and once again, I must work out what to say in my introduction to the Saturday Hints and which clues are likely to be most in need of a hint. Fortunately this Prize Puzzle didn’t take long to solve and so I should have plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the ‘extended summer’
If I haven’t hinted a clue you can’t solve, it is quite likely to be either an anagram or a lurker
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 Thriving, enter good firm (5,6)
A two-word phrase meaning to enter, the abbreviation for good and a synonym for firm
11a Send out American detective put in charge (7)
The abbreviation for American and an abbreviated detective inserted into a charge
14a A triumph staff reported, relating to hearing (8)
A (from the clue) and words that sound like (reported) a triumph and a staff
15a Briefly spot description of requirements (4)
Almost all (briefly) of a small spot
17a What might go from one side to the other? (7)
A cryptic definition of a measurement from one side to the other
25a Sight site for one that could be used in a pun? (9)
The name for what the first two words in the clue are of each other
27a Street urchin, say, sent back to grab absolute bargain (11)
A reversal (sent back) of an abbreviated ‘say’ into which is inserted (to grab) an adjective meaning absolute and a bargain
2d Lady with nothing, as it happens (5)
The letter representing nothing and a single word meaning ‘as it happens’
6d There is the prospect of hidden riches in this (4,4)
A cryptic definition of a movement by prospectors to find hidden riches
13d Soldier favoured defensive work (7)
An abbreviated soldier and an indulged favourite
17d Dedication shown by British author Doris? (8)
The abbreviation for British and the surname of the Nobel Prize winning author called Doris
18d Cross section raised to form emergency exit (8)
Reversals (raised) of both a cross found in a church and a section
22d Boy heard stirring when star appears? (5)
A homophone of a boy and a synonym for stirring – and yes, I did check it is 5 not 3-2!
24d Tiny particle that’s not quite like snow? (4)
Almost all (not quite) like the colour of snow
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The Quick Crossword pun: KNEW + MOAN + EAR = PNEUMONIA