Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30443 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A horrid dark and wet Saturday morning – a perfect day for staying in and solving crosswords, although hopefully things will improve this afternoon when my friend and I have to deliver the parish magazine
Before deciding where to place your bet on the name of today’s setter, you might wish to note that last Saturday, Cephas said that, as he’d set the four previous crosswords, today’s SPP probably wouldn’t be one of ‘his’, although as he also said, probably didn’t mean that it wouldn’t be set by him!
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 Greek character is out to avenge, first of all (4)
The first letters of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth words of the clue
3a All the runners in line (5)
All the competitors in an event or a special area of knowledge
9a Sort of stew and batter to conclude the order? (6)
A type of stew or an inferior cricketer who would be left to the end of the batting order
10a Disregarding dangers in bay around Kuala Lumpur? (8)
A bay or alcove goes around the abbreviation for Kuala Lumpur
21a Yearly projection from Fremantle retailers (6)
Hidden in the last two words of the clue is something deer grow and then discard annually (yearly)
22a Area in vibrant venue in Bristol needing many workers? (6-9)
The abbreviation for Area inserted into an anagram (vibrant) of VENUE IN BRISTOL
25a Ecstasy in club for pound (4)
The abbreviation for the drug Ecstasy inserted into a club
1d Grass playing well before being cut (9)
A two-word expression meaning playing well and a synonym for before without its last letter (being cut)
4d Back where witch lived? She eschews hotel (7)
The place where a Biblical witch lived and ShE (from the clue) without (eschews) the letter represented by Hotel in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
6d Harvester parked on road? People won’t take this well (4,5)
An implement used to harvest crops (harvester) ‘parked’ on(in a Down solution) an abbreviated road
13d Heavy metal god not entirely covered with hair (9)
Almost all (not entirely) of the Hindu elephant-headed god of wisdom and success ‘covered’ by a large bushy head of hair
16d She’s writer looking run down (7)
The surname of a writer of adventure fiction set in exotic places, including She, can also be an adjective meaning looking run down
17d Shy target one among lovely bunch? (7)
The target of a fairground throwing game, the second part of the clue being a reference to a novelty song of the 1940’s
20d Wartime boffin abandons grand Italian location (5)
The name of a famous WW2 boffin without the abbreviation for Grand
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The Quick Crossword pun: CHILLY + SOURCE = CHILLI SAUCE