Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30053 Hints)
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Tilsit is away in Germany and so I’m providing a few hints for what, given that it is a pangram, with lots of anagrams, must be the work of Cephas
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.
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Some hints follow.
1a End period at school in America (8)
A period at school, IN (from the clue) and the abbreviation for America
13a Be aware of the facts as to how many runs have been made? (4,3,5)
This expression meaning to be aware of the facts could also apply to someone at a cricket match knowing how many runs have been made
16d Fourth last antepenultimate contest (7-5)
A fourth of something and a synonym for last combine to give us the round before the semi-final in a knockout competition
21a Encouraged old Rod, the eccentric (8)
The usual ‘old’ and an anagram (eccentric) of ROD THE
24a Val literally a wrecker! (6)
If you split V A L you literally have a x xxx x x
26a My French bird, it has four legs! (8)
The French word for my and a large bird
2d Not at first, imagine unravelling riddle (6)
An anagram (unravelling) of iMAGINE once you have removed the first letter (not at first)
6d Panellist on trial (5)
Someone who forms part of a panel at a trial
7d Music of the highest rank? (9)
A type of music or belonging to the highest rank of citizens in Roman times
15d Advice from youngster in uniform about African party (8)
A young girl in a uniform goes ‘about’ an abbreviated African political party
17d Unattached monks’ liberty (7)
A synonym for unattached and a title given to certain members of monastic orders
22d Musical work penned by Byron downloaded (5)
Hidden (penned by) in the last two words of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: WINCE + SURPRISE = WINS A PRIZE