Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30473 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A very cold morning with a sprinkling of overnight snow makes this probably another day to stay indoors and solve crosswords or perhaps get on with writing Christmas cards. Once I’ve scheduled these hints, I’ve got to go out to our church’s Christmas Fair but will be back before lunch to see if anyone wants any more help or, quite probably, has ignored Big Dave’s Red instructions!
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. If I haven’t hinted the clue(s) you need help with, it is more than likely an anagram or a hidden word
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 Irony perfect somehow in Pericles (6,2,4)
A character in a Shakespearean play is an anagram (somehow of IRONY PERFECT
11a Song of no great length about husband’s cat (9)
A way of describing a song that isn’t very long goes ‘about’ the abbreviation for Husband
18a Sound of my army band? (5)
This army band sounds like an interjection of surprise (my)
19a Coat‘s second layer worn by ‘umble character (9)
The abbreviation for second and a layer into which is inserted (worn by) the character in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens who always insisted he was very ‘humble
20a Your compiler’s Conservative, not Liberal, making charge (5)
The way our compiler might say he was a Conservative without the abbreviation for Liberal
22a Stops one throw being returned in cricket series (9)
A reversal of the Roman numeral for one and a high throw inserted into a cricket series
27a … this was used to prevent it! (8,4)
A device said to be worn by wives of absent crusaders to prevent them indulging in ‘it’ while their husbands were away
1d Old lizard Mauro’s content after pint with love (9)
A very old lizard – the content of mAURo goes after an abbreviated pint and the God of Love
2d Still at the crease: no boundaries in Perth (5)
A synonym for batting (at the crease in cricket) with the inside (no boundaries) letters of the final word in the clue
4d Mum, not married, sensible apart from that (9)
A mum without (not) the abbreviation for Married and a synonym for sensible
6d River‘s river with carp, not wide (5)
The abbreviation for River and a verb meaning to carp or complain peevishly without the abbreviation for Wide
10d Marine mammal and mammoth, perhaps close up (8,4)
A mammoth is an extinct example (perhaps) of the largest living land mammal which should be followed by a verb meaning to close up
21d Sir Toby‘s noisy expulsion after dinner? (5)
Another Shakespearean character – this one from Twelfth Night has a surname which can also mean a noisy expulsion of wind after eating dinner (or any other meal)
24d Cool to check out music genre (5)
The ‘usual’ cool or fashionable and a verb meaning to check out permanently
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The Quick Crossword pun: HARM+ MONICKER = HARMONICA