Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30101 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by Gazza)
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Crypticsue and Mr CS are celebrating a significant anniversary today – many congratulations to them and best wishes for an enjoyable day. I’ve been called off the bench to provide a few hints for the Saturday Prize Puzzle.
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.
Today’s puzzle is not a pangram so I’ll leave you to guess the identity of the setter.
Some hints for what I consider to be the harder clues follow.
1a Company vehicle covered by MOT in shot, burning (10)
Start with the abbreviation for company then insert a passenger vehicle into an anagram (shot) of MOT IN.
9a Protest, with one-third of listed building knocked down (10)
Assemble a protest or march, two letters of ‘listed’ and a simple building.
15a Swan beset by problems with feet and inner ears? (8)
A male swan is contained inside painful hard growths on the feet.
20a Wild consumers for a very long time eating rook! (8)
FOR from the clue and a very long time containing the chess abbreviation for rook.
27a Detach case of machine in hollow unit (10)
Insert a verb to detach or separate and the outer (case) letters of machine into a hollow or depression.
29a Soldiers by the hundred? (10)
Weakish cryptic definition of officers in charge of a hundred soldiers in the Roman army.
1d Fish with a tail end (4)
A popular fish down the chippy followed by A.
2d One’s unclear about heartless Liberal turning up after old woman (7)
Stick together a preposition meaning about and the short form of Liberal without its middle letter. Now reverse that (turning up) and precede it with an affectionate term for one’s old woman.
11d The sound of someone happy with killing? (12)
What you might hear from a male person who’s happy (3’1,8).
21d Artist regularly cried about entering Lego building (2,5)
Insert the even letters of ‘cried’ and the single-letter abbreviation for about or approximately into an anagram (building) of LEGO.
25d First of all, used trucks easily sell as such vehicles (4)
The first letters of four words in the clue give us a short word used in Australia and New Zealand for small pick-up trucks.
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The Quick Crossword pun: LARS + BUT + KNOT + LEASED = LAST BUT NOT LEAST