Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30503 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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The sun is shining and the wind is both strong and very cold but it doesn’t seem to bother the two ducks swimming around on our flooded lawn. No need to worry as our garden slopes and the house is well away from the ‘lake’
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. Once again, if I haven’t hinted a clue you are stuck on, see if it is an anagram or possibly a lurker
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 Evil personality in London park (4)
The evil personality in a well-known Gothic novel or the name of a park in London
3a Lawyer‘s writings edited as an alternative (10)
Some written matter, a synonym for edited and a conjunction used to link alternatives
13a Tease US composer for organ case (7)
A slang verb meaning to tease or ridicule and the surname of an American composer
18a Shooting star once seen across the pond? (5,6)
A cryptic definition of a famous American sharpshooter
21a Slogan putting student in stew (3,4)
The ‘usual’ abbreviated student inserted into a type of North African stew
24a Smell from chamberpot no good (4)
An informal name for a chamberpot and the abbreviation for no good
26a Forecast enigmatic sea captain backed (4)
A reversal (backed) of the eponymous sea captain in a Jules Verne novel
1d Drunken crowd in solemn service (4,4)
A synonym for drunk and a crowd or large number of people
6d Former PM in Commons perhaps lying in the past (11)
The place where the House of Commons meets and an archaic way of saying lying
7d Island where Brown consumes excellent whiskey (6)
A brown colour (misleading capitals time!) ‘consumes’ an adjective meaning first class or excellent and the letter represented by Whiskey in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
15d One dealing with admissions? (9)
This person would deal with admissions of wrong doing
17d Gas from chicken — nuts go dry inside (8)
An anagram (nuts) of GO DRY inside a chicken
19d Phlegmatic firm accepting contract’s termination (6)
A synonym for firm ‘accepting’ the letter at the end (termination) of contracT
22d Climb on Etna? (5)
A verb meaning to climb on or the name given to a geographical feature such as Etna
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The Quick Crossword pun: MILL + CROWNED = MILK ROUND