Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30059 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Turning to the back page of the paper to find out whether I’d got a Cephas or a Chalicea crossword to both hint and then prepare a full review, I found an advert for watches! Once I’d refolded the paper, it didn’t take long to decide that once again we have a Cephas pangram.
Tilsit once again sends his apologies for absence. He travelled to Munich yesterday and arrived in the middle of a flash flood. By the time he’d dried off, he was late sending the Quarterly Prize Puzzle (by Radler) to Mr K for him to post and so this will be hear later. Fans of Chalicea will be delighted to know she’s on NTSPP duty today.
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 Struggle to capture good clear picture (8)
A verb meaning to struggle ‘captures’ the abbreviation for good and an adjective meaning clear of all charges
11a Road, although not smooth, decidedly driveable in the end (12)
A poetic way of saying although, an adjective meaning not smooth, a synonym for decidedly and the end letter of driveable
16a Something green almost exhausted (4)
Something green is almost all of a way of saying exhausted or weary
20a Maid swaps a name, becoming another woman? (6)
Swap over the A and N in the name of a Maid much beloved by Robin Hood
21a Shrub to finish amongst seaweed (8)
A synonym for finish inserted into (amongst) some edible seaweed
28a Generous giving in Scotland’s capital, we hear (8)
A homophone (we hear) of the way we might describe the capital letter of Scotland
2d One is unable to get off at night with this (8)
A cryptic definition of a cause of sleeplessness
5d Second hearing (4)
A cryptic definition of a reflected sound (which you’d hear twice or more)
6d Morass of papers about meeting (8)
A quantity of paper goes about an abbreviated meeting
8d Such a person does not necessarily look sad (4-4)
Although the colour associated with sadness is part of the description of either someone who can do no wrong or someone with that colour organs of sight, they may not necessarily look that sad
16d One-piece athletic wear? (4,4)
A one-piece item of clothing that sounds like it could be worn when being athletic
25d Pronounced fit, a murder victim! (4)
The name of the first murder victim in the Bible sounds like (pronounced) a synonym for fit
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The Quick Crossword pun: HIGH + BURN + EIGHT = HIBERNATE