Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30467 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A proper November morning with lots of bright sunshine but a very strong wind which appears to be coming straight from the North Pole. A perfect day to stay indoors and solve crosswords
A Prize Puzzle which didn’t take me long to solve, with some smiles along the way and the usual problem of picking which clues to hint. If I haven’t hinted the clue(s) you are stuck on, as usual I’d suggest starting by looking for anagrams. I have written my entry for ‘Guess the Setter’ on a piece of paper so will be interested to see whether I’ve wasted my 50p bet
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 Sweet acting family not without love (7)
A three-generation American acting family and NoT (from the clue) without the ‘love’
9a Fit silver on table at last (5)
The chemical symbol for silver, the ‘usual’ on [the subject of] and the last letter of tablE
11a Year in company great on the whole (2,3,5)
The abbreviation for Year inserted into a group (company) followed by a synonym for great
14a Personality from Poplar, in age fantastic, newsreader initially (6,6)
A lovely surface reading apart from the fact that this person came from Plymouth, not Poplar. An anagram (fantastic) of POPLAR IN AGE followed by the initial letter of Newsreader
22a Papers taken into French region’s capital (10)
The capital of an American ‘region’ is obtained by inserting some abbreviated identity papers into a French region
25a Generous sort welcoming writer in Whetstone? (9)
Although as far as the definition is concerned, Whetstone has a ‘misleading’ capital, it is also a London suburb. A person who is very generous ‘welcoming’ an item used for writing
28a Eastern male, messenger casting first stone (7)
The abbreviations for Eastern and Male and a messenger without (casting) its first letter
1d Learner in wonderful times hanging loose? (6)
The abbreviation for Learner inserted into a slang adjective meaning wonderful followed by the word used in multiplication sums to mean times
8d Magnanimous English group backing rave (8)
A reversal (backing) of the abbreviation for English and a set of things together (group) followed by a verb meaning to rave or rage
13d In Hull, city racecourse for chariots (10)
An informal word meaning fashionable (in), a verb meaning to hull or separate from the husk and an Italian city
15d Vessel recently located, complete, united leaderless country (9)
An explorer’s ship, sunk in 1915 and recently located. A verb meaning to complete, the abbreviation for United and a European country without its first letter (leaderless)
16d Does this suggest I step on virgin snow? (3-5)
An anagram indicator suggesting you rearrange I STEP
23d Monkey minus tail in animation (5)
An African monkey without (minus) its last letter
24d Partner‘s surgery evidently reversible? (4)
This informal word for a partner has some reversible abbreviated surgery – one going forwards and the other reversed
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The Quick Crossword pun: KITSCH + IN SYNC = KITCHEN SINK