Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30065 Hints)
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Tilsit is back from his German break and straight into dealing with customer queries on another rail strike day, thus leaving him no time for crossword solving or hinting.
Today’s Prize Puzzle is, without doubt, another Cephas pangram – there are quite a few anagrams in the words I haven’t hinted.
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 Observe then follow monitoring group (8)
As the clue says, you need synonyms for observe and follow
6a Tap shoe? (4)
Tap in the sense of press someone for information – the same word can also mean a type of shoe
10a Grip across awkward situation (8)
A prefix meaning across and an awkward situation
14a Cricket team losing in Newcastle area (6,4)
A cricket team and an adverb meaning losing
19a Regalia, precious stones on top of one’s head (5,6)
Some precious stones go after the top of one’s head
25a Hustlers possibly becoming devoid of passion (8)
An anagram (possibly) of HUSTLERS
2d A strange bloomer (4)
A (from the clue) and a synonym for strange
5d Incur wrath when you have a bath? (3,4,3,5)
What you do when you have a bath
12d Dust Kelvin, say, used in potentially explosive situation (6,3)
Dust-like particles, the abbreviation for the base SI Unit of thermodynamic temperature, and an abbreviated way of saying for example (say)
17d Toughened up, accepting Jack’s hurt (7)
Another of saying toughened up ‘accepting’ the abbreviation for Jack
20d Part of duck that’s brought at end of meal (4)
This part of a duck is the same word as something brought at the end of a meal out
21a So taken in by enthusiasm (4)
Hidden in (taken in) by enthusiasm
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The Quick Crossword pun: JAY + CUB + MALI = JACOB MARLEY
Other clues in the Quick Crossword relate to the pun: 9a and 20/23a