Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27713 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Greetings from the North of Liverpool. I’m up in Crosby on a retreat for a weekend while everyone else is gathering for cake in London. If you are around, do pop over to the Bridge House, it’s a lovely venue and lots of your favourite people will be there, and maybe a few of your tormentors so you can shake them warmly by the throat. You’ll be made extremely welcome and you will probably get a piece of Crypticsue’s lovely cake. We had a lovely chocolate cake last night as part of our evening meal, so I have had my quota already.
This is a reasonably straightforward prize puzzle with some nice clues. It certainly feels like a Peter Chamberlain puzzle, but I have known to be wrong.
I’ll pop in and out up until lunchtime and will then leave you to the tender mercies of young Digby for the afternoon when I hope to be going to look at Antony Gormley’s sculptures on the nearby beach.
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.
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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 a “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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Put an end to hard drink (6)
We start today with a double definition type clue. The name of a strong alcoholic drink (from North of the Border?) also means to put an end to a plan or idea.
5a Bond villain’s not half one to take tips from Smersh — he may go round in a tank (8)
One of the most evil of James Bond’s foes needs to lose the second half of his name. Add S & H (the tips of SMERSH) to something that may live in a tank, the name of a creature.
10a Stern parent (4)
These little clues are often the trickiest and this was my last one in today. It’s another double definition clue and you need something that can mean stern (but not in the strict sense as implied here) and a word meaning to parent, rather than a parent.
15a Healthy fare served up by crone in make-up (8)
This is a way of describing the All Bran you eat in the morning. The word for a type of make-up worn by ladies (and the odd gentleman!) on their faces has the name for a gnarled old woman inside it.
28a Leader in rock broadcast (6)
When you see ‘broadcast’ in a clue, it usually means there’s a homophone to be found and so it is here. The name of a Middle Eastern leader sounds like a word meaning to rock. At this point the Boss would probably inflict Bill Haley singing a certain song involving getting out to the kitchen. I won’t.
2d Company holding left-wing set of beliefs (5)
The Downs start with a Latin name for a set of beliefs. It has the standard word for a left-winger, often used to be found under the bed, inside the abbreviation for company.
5d What Faberge often did for classic advertising slogan (2,2,4,2,2,3)
This is the name of a famous advertising slogan from the 1960’s which it was said was dreamt up by the writer Fay Weldon, but she admitted that she worked on the team rather than devised it. You could also say that it’s how the Russian jeweller Fabergé carried out his most precious tasks.
6d Has fun cutting back lily-white flower (8)
The name of a garden flower is found by taking a word meaning has fun (in a park??) and adding the word described by lily-white, minus its last letter (cutting back).
14d Get lost with cuddles regularly for great happiness (9)
You are looking for an old word for happiness, or supreme blessedness. A way of telling someone to “get lost!” (or a hit for Michael Jackson) is added to the even letters (shown by regularly) of CUDDLES to give you this word.
22d Swindle gains little money for villain (5)
The name for a (young) villain is revealed by taking the name for a swindle or fraud and adding the abbreviation for a small quantity of money.
24d Queen getting into food trade (5)
The name for food (possibly bought in a shop at school?) has R (queen) inside it to give a word for trade.
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The Quick Crossword pun: ark+dub+tree+oomph=Arc de Triomphe