Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27941 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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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. If you need any more help, please ask – fans of anagrams shouldn’t, however, have any problems this morning!
1a Chased snipers having blown hole in the wall (4,9)
An anagram (having blown) of the first two words in the clue.
11a It can put out article about Queen? On the contrary (5)
On the contrary tells you that the cipher of the current Queen goes about or outside a grammatical article. I do like a definition that makes you think for a while as to what the setter requires.
17a Old rogue on TV’s energy to write (7)
A clue that may be slightly unfair to some of our overseas ‘viewers’ – a ‘rogue’ from one of TV’s favourite sitcoms, an S (TV S) followed by the abbreviation for energy.
22a Murphy gets Northern Irish party’s backing (4)
Reverse the abbreviation for one of the Northern Irish political parties to get an informal way of referring to a vegetable that is sometimes called a ‘Murphy’.
28a Trade no longer carried out in conurbation (7,6)
An anagram to start with and another to finish the Across clues. ‘Carried out’ indicates the need to rearrange TRADE NO LONGER to get a British conurbation.
1d Reliable policeman prospered keeping clear of drink (6-8)
An adjective meaning safe or reliable – a slang term for a policeman followed by part of a verb meaning prospered or increased in value, into which is inserted the two letter abbreviation we use to mean keeping clear of alcoholic drink.
2d Vice of heartless Lothario (5)
My hint for this clue is “Did Kath spot it?”
4d Some fishing equipment catching trout finally, a hard problem (7)
I do hope Brian liked today’s crossword as he is fond of using this word to describe puzzles he doesn’t, and I have better things to do today than redacting comments that breach the rules of the Big Red Box. A type of fishing weight with the final letter of trout inserted.
14d I put on a show with one Italian character entertaining president (10)
The letter that looks like a number one followed by an Italian character into which is inserted the abbreviation for president.
25d A female Wimbledon champion once (4)
Combining the first word of the clue and another way of referring to a female should quickly reveal this former Wimbledon champion.
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The Quick Crossword pun: GOURD+MOURNING =GOOD MORNING