Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27935 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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While the gang are away in that London, I’m going to babysit things for the next couple of weekends.
Incidentally if you are bored today once you have finished this enjoyable puzzle, one of my puzzles is the General Knowledge Jumbo challenge in the Independent. There is a prize for completing the puzzle, and one for getting the link between three of the answers, and the prize is very upmarket chocolate!
Incidentally, special good wishes go to everyone taking part in the Times Crossword Championships today, can anyone defeat the perennial champion Mark Goodliffe? I think he might have a challenger or two this year. A few of our brothers and sisters from these parts are taking part and extra special wishes to them!
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 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.
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Some hints follow.
3a Number touring notice pub, shabby in appearance (10)
A word that means tatty or shabby is found by taken a small number and inserting a word for a notice or advertisement and one for a type of pub.
8 a Nurse, not hot in shady garden alcove (6)
A word meaning to nurse, or to hold or keep needs to lose its first letter to give you a type of bower or shady garden feature.
11a Football League initially probing Premier League club complaint? (3,3)
The name for an illness, one very much of the 21st Century, is revealed by taking the abbreviated name of a certain Premier League Club and inserting the initial letters of Football League.
14a South American, extremely sensitive, explains barking dog (6,7)
You are looking for a breed of dog, and in truth, I’d never heard of it! Take the abbreviations for South and American, add the first and last letters of sensitive, and then an anagram (barking) of EXPLAINS.
20a Awful baloney about one beheaded knight and queen (4,6)
The name of a famous royal wife is revealed by taking anagram (awful) of baloney and inserting the word one without its first letter (beheaded) and after this, placing the chess notation for a knight.
21a Expert came across, over for the time being (3,3)
A Latin expression meaning for the time being is shown by taking a short word meaning an expert or professional, and adding a word for came across, reversed.
24a Prepared drainage for shrub (8)
The name for a type of shrub is an anagram (prepared) of drainage.
26a Poor speed by back (6-4)
A way of describing something inferior is found by taking a way of describing a speed and adding something that means back. Wasn’t over happy with this clue (or the explanation!).
1d He and I, for example, in favour of sisters keeping nothing (8)
What ‘he’ and ‘I’ are examples of, is your definition. A Latin word that means on behalf of, takes the name gives to some religious sisters. Insert into this word O for nothing and hey presto!
2d Likewise, Conservative admires Greek philosopher (8)
The name of a famous Greek who killed himself by drinking hemlock is found by taking a short word meaning likewise, adding the abbreviation for Conservative and then adding something that means admires or scores something.
5d Husband brought in a meek person to meet artist in palace (8)
The name of a famous palace is needed and you need to put H for husband inside A and the name for someone meek or timid. Add to this the standard crossword abbreviation for an artist.
6d Smart, supporter at home — and away, ultimately (6)
A synonym for smart is needed. You can find it by taking the word for a type of supporter, in the ladies’ clothing sense (!) and adding IN (at home) and the last letter of AWAY.
15d Inspected fabric cut up (8)
In down clues, up can be used as a reversal indicator. Here you need the name of a fabric (associated with jeans) and a word meaning cut or chop and reversing them both to give a word meaning inspected.
18d Sophisticated former pope, last to pontificate (6)
The name of eight different popes has the last letter of pontificate after it to give a word meaning suave or sophisticated.
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The Quick Crossword pun: stay+tusk+woe = Status Quo