Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30161 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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On a very dark, cold and windy Saturday morning, we have what I thought was a fairly typical Saturday Prize Puzzle.
There are quite a few anagrams to get you started, a very visible lurker and, for me anyway, a couple of times when the repetition radar began to bleep.
I have one of those Saturday mornings where the planning of what-to-do-when took longer than many a military operation. I will be out spending my pocket money at the Church Christmas Fair when these hints are published, but shouldn’t be out for too long and will be able to help on my return with those clues where you think I ought to have provided a hint but didn’t
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.
8a Youngster reported party facing variable resistance (8)
This was my last one in and is one of those clues which made me channel my inner Rabbit Dave, as you find the solution first and then go ‘oh that [abbreviated South African political] party’! A homophone (reported) of a male youngster, the afore-mentioned party and a mathematical variable.
9a Thus on the way back, mother carries one heavy metal (6)
A reversal (on the way back) of a synonym for thus followed by an informal name for your mother into which is inserted the letter representing one
13a Become angry, leave part of pool (2,3,3,4,3)
This expression meaning to lose one’s temper completely is made up of a synonym for leave and part of a swimming pool
15a Dissolute character away with their share? (4-3)
A dissolute character and a synonym for away
18a Shake badly-behaved child held by rival (7)
A badly-behaved child ‘held by’ or inserted into a verb meaning to rival
25a I had existence and personality (8)
An abbreviated way of saying I had and a synonym for existence or being
28a Personal aspirations that are mistakes (3,5)
Belonging to oneself (personal) and some aspirations
1d Tex with duo performing in evening wear (6)
An anagram (performing) of TEX with DUO
3d Highwayman upset and he took fright (6,2,3,4)
An anagram (upset) of AND HE TOOK FRIGHT
5d Giving support to sentence existing now (3,3,4,5)
A way of giving support to something, a prison sentence and a synonym for existing
7d Brief us, up before County Council in court (8)
A reversal (up) of US goes before the abbreviation for County Council, IN (from the clue) and the abbreviation for court
16d Only just enough now to represent as comparable (8)
The abbreviation for the time in which we live now and a verb meaning to represent as comparable
22d Off about one? That’s the idea (6)
What something is if it is off about the letter representing one
23d Seat almost fixed (6)
Almost all of a synonym for fixed
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The Quick Crossword pun: WON + MILL + AEON = ONE MILLION