Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30149 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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A grey and damp morning brings a fairly typical Saturday Prize Puzzle, which was good for me because, apart from the solving of the crossword, nothing else is going particularly well so far today. I have an idea who is going to turn up to admit to being the setter – I wonder who will agree with me?
If I haven’t hinted the clue you are stuck on, see if it might be an anagram, a lurker or an old friend.
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 Intimidated, we drove criminal across America (8)
An anagram (criminal) of WE DROVE goes ‘across’ the abbreviation for America
9a Last team member, perhaps (8)
A member of a cricket team, perhaps
18a Artillery in working port (4)
I know this Algerian port from studying a Camus novel for A-Level French – even if you haven’t heard of it, it is just a case of inserting the abbreviation for the Royal Artillery into a simple way of saying working
21a One or two girls that might add taste (8)
Two girls’ names go together to produce something that might add taste to a recipe
26a Gloomy linesman sent back (4)
A reversal (sent back) of a literary word for a poet (linesman)
28a Cure is found by worker for whom I have great affection (8)
One of Crosswordland’s workers and a way of saying I have great affection for someone
2d Pure lady loses one pound (8)
A lady’s name without the third instance of a letter representing one, the abbreviation for pounds sterling being added at the end
3d Type of storage facility with irregular entry (6,6)
Synonyms for irregular and entry combine to give a type of computer storage facility
4d Notes contents of this small case (6)
A cryptic definition of a small case holding monetary notes
19d Turn up in notorious surroundings being overbearing (8)
A reversal (up) of a synonym for turn inserted into an adjective, one of the meanings of which is notorious
22d Put peg in instrument (6)
A verb meaning to put into which is inserted a peg
25d Drivers touring ancient city creating atmosphere (4)
A motoring organisation (drivers) touring or going round an ancient Mesopotamian city often found in crosswords
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The Quick Crossword pun: PURSE + ANALYSED = PERSONALISED