Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30107 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A lovely autumn morning in East Kent with an enjoyable Saturday Prize Puzzle to solve. We have to play Guess the Setter this morning and my 50p would probably go on this being the work of Chalicea, mostly because of the solution to 19d having a less usual definition.
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 Absurdly quaint date, extremely old-fashioned (10)
An anagram (absurdly) of QUAINT DATE
8a Inclination to manage English clubs in US city (8)
To manage or look after, the abbreviation for English and the card abbreviation for the suit of clubs inserted into an abbreviated US city
10a Crossword setters use these to baffle and bewilder, say (8)
Baffle and bewilder are examples of something crossword setters use a lot
24a Mishap as one day overwhelmed by stress (8)
The letter representing one and the abbreviation for day inserted into (overwhelmed by) some stress on a syllable
26a Cover of navies oddly involved in European run (8)
The odd letters of NaViEs inserted between (involved in) the abbreviation for European and a verb meaning to run with a long stride
28a Editor with viewpoints on drugs? (10)
An abbreviated newspaper editor with some viewpoints or attitudes
1d With creative skill, information technology succeeded, turning up in a truck (8)
An abbreviated truck into which is inserted a reversal (turning) of the abbreviations for Information Technology and succeeded
5d Gloom of daughter on vessel on Scotland’s deep loch (8)
The abbreviation for daughter and a vessel followed by (on in a Down solution) the name of a deep loch in Scotland
13d Remedies powerful Italian family head cut back (9)
The name of a powerful Italian family and a headland without its final letter (cut back)
15d Main computer network in roof space (8)
This main is a large body of water – insert an abbreviated computer network into a roof space
19d Dogs receiving large decisive blows (8)
Some dogs ‘receiving’ the abbreviation for large
22d Superbly courageous maltreated coheir (6)
An anagram (maltreated) of COHEIR
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The Quick Crossword pun: MULL + TIP + LIED = MULTIPLIED