Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 30419 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club (hosted by crypticsue)
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Another beautiful autumn morning here – it is slowly warming up so hopefully the washing will dry and, more importantly, next door’s tortoise will emerge to enjoy the sunshine and enjoy the food I have put out for her
For me, a typical Saturday Prize Puzzle – if I haven’t hinted a clue you are stuck on, try looking for an anagram indicator or a lurker. I have a feeling I know who set this puzzle so I’ll be interested to see whether anyone else agrees.
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 Released excess energy, and excused second eleven? (3,3,5)
Another way of saying excused, the abbreviation for second and a set of people playing together (eleven)
7a Strikers’ term? (7)
These strikers use a bat to strike a ball
14a Advertising worker, one who sticks up for their employer? (10)
Someone sticking up an advertisement for their employer’s products
16a Stress a cute cat suffers biting new moggie’s tail (10)
An anagram (suffers) of A CUTE CAT ‘biting’ or taking in the abbreviation for New and the ‘tail’ of moggiE
21a Batting order for cricket, say (6)
What a cricket team is said to be if it is batting and an order
25a Lounge where ice cream is served? (7)
A formal name for the ‘front room’ (lounge) or somewhere ice cream is served
26a Fund managers possibly ignoring Republican in trouble (3,3,5)
A facetious phrase meaning trouble is an anagram (possibly) of FUND MANAGE
rS without (ignoring) the abbreviation for Republican
1d Light lunch (just the starter) before service (7)
The ‘starter’ of Lunch, a Latin word meaning before and an abbreviated seafaring service
3d Fussy and unpleasant, removing top after quick one (10)
A synonym for unpleasant, without its first letter (removing top) goes after a word meaning quick and the letter representing one
7d One class taken by local is educational (11)
The letter representing one and a school class inserted in (taken by) a local
12d Sheet anchor, perhaps (7-3)
A cryptic definition of something that anchors sheets!
17d Set sail and leave the Needles behind? (4,3)
A double definition – the capital N of Needles is there to mislead!
20d Horse to bump off coming up (3,3)
An old chestnut – the clue and the horse – a reversal (coming up in a Down solution) of a verb meaning to bump off split 3,3
23d Scottish child is initially leaving building (4)
The initial letter of Is leaving a Scottish word for a child
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The Quick Crossword pun: DISS + APP + PIER = DISAPPEAR