Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30137 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A very chilly November morning brings a Prize Puzzle where the most time was taken not only in deciding which clues to hint but also working out the Quick Crossword Pun, the latter probably working best if you come from a particular area of London I know where I’d put my 50p in a game of Guess the Setter but I’ll say nothing and see who agrees with me and/or if the setter turns up!
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 Form an attachment with good French ex-copper (4)
The French word for good and an abbreviation for a copper in pre-decimal currency
13a Succeed in establishing meaning of price he’d negotiated (8)
An anagram (negotiated) of PRICE HED
16a Monkey, he’s in short grass (6)
HE[‘]S (from the clue) inserted into a type of grass without its last letter (short)
23a A record set by accountant that’s beastly (6)
A (from the clue), a type of record and an abbreviated accountant
24a Charlie with previous request to make unsolicited visit (4-4)
The letter represented by Charlie in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, and an adjective meaning previous followed by a request or demand
26a Piece of fencing lacking colour (4)
As the clue says, a piece of fencing or a simple way of saying lacking colour
1d Onlooker not to sit in collapsing byre (9)
What you do if you don’t sit inserted into an anagram (collapsing)of BYRE
2d Person waiting at home (8,7)
A cryptic definition of someone employed to perform duties at home, including, perhaps, waiting at table
6d ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in China? (1,5,2,1,6)
A great commotion about nothing very much
7d Woman at a loss somewhat in province (5)
A South African province is hidden in part of (somewhat) womaN AT A Loss
17d Bird alternatively turned up leaving another bird (3)
Remove a reversed synonym for alternatively from a wading bird to get another smaller bird
20d Move around, grasping tail of camel with small humps (7)
An anagram (move) of AROUND ‘grasping’ the tail or last letter of camel
21d Bill is a leading man (5)
IS A (from the clue) leading or going before an abbreviated bill
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The Quick Crossword pun: HAVE + HALE + ABEL = AVAILABLE