Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30449 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Having fought my way through wind and heavy rain to do the shopping, and buy the all-important Saturday paper, I was cheered no end on my return to find an email telling me I had won £200 on the Premium Bonds. Add to that the discovery that Robyn’s alter egos are in the Guardian and FT today, and I think it might be a good day after all.
Today’s Prize Puzzle has some nice cryptic definitions. If I haven’t hinted a particular clue you can’t solve, it may well be 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 Firm restricted guests (7,7)
Synonyms for restricted and a group of guests
8a Not in any way having specialised skill reported (5)
A homophone (reported) of some specialised skill
12a Diocese to make sure about (3,2)
Another name for a diocese and TO (from the clue)
14a Mrs Simpson maybe allowed to return message (8)
A reversal (to return) of Mrs Simpson, the cartoon character, and a synonym for allowed
24a Impressive building: see around it! (9)
An impressive building found in a see
25a Dispensed with current measure for gas (8)
Dispensed with or sacked with an abbreviated measure of electrical current
27a Rugby player confused ref with right move for three-quarters, say (6,8)
A rugby player, an anagram (confused) of REF with the abbreviation for Right and a move
1d Lengthy split in schoolwork? (4,8)
More synonyms – this time for lengthy and a split
2d Grumble about this hairdo (7)
Grumble or complain goes ‘about’ a Latin pronoun meaning this
6d Angrily lets rip, welcoming answer in column (8)
An anagram (angrily) of LETS RIP ‘welcoming’ the abbreviation for Answer
15d Profoundly involved but not up to one’s neck (4-4)
A cryptic definition of an informal expression meaning profoundly involved
20d Limits to public transport? (7)
End points to journeys on public transport
21d Places reversed — soldiers in a daze (6)
Reverse another way of saying places and follow with an abbreviation for soldiers
22d Digestive spasm following fizz (6)
An involuntary spasm goes after (following) an informal word meaning fizz in the sense of vigour or life
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The Quick Crossword pun: FRANC + EINSTEIN = FRANKENSTEIN