Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28000 (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.
1a Enthusiast thanks old country endlessly for classic cartoon (8)
A charade of a three-letter enthusiast, a two-letter word of thanks and most of the former (old) name of a country
9a War cry makes less important European retreat in turn (8)
Do today’s kids still run around shouting this as we used to do? A five-letter word meaning less important and E(uropean) all reversed (retreat) inside a turn or attempt
13a Superior newspapers featuring South American city (8)
This Mother Superior is derived from a general word for newspapers around (featuring) a South American city
18a Doh or ray, me or fah, soh or lah, but …? (4)
Split the answer (2,2) to see what’s missing!
20a Charge again — reason for linesman to take over (6)
In this context, to charge means to load or put something into – split the answer (3,3) to get a reason for a linesman to take over (although they are not called linesmen these days, but that would spoil the joke)
21a Motorway dash — a mistake, literally (8)
The designation of a major motorway followed by a dash or run gives a mistake in a piece of literature
23a Complaint in favour of Victoria perhaps taking note (12)
A three-letter word meaning “in favour of” and a structure of which Victoria is an example (perhaps) around a note in the scale in sol-fa notation
26a Cooks deer (4)
… remember that deer is the plural of deer
28a Condemn level of pay for directors? (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be the level of pay for directors
2d Working on Barrie and how we usually see Peter Pan? (8)
An anagram (working) of ON BARRIE
4d Well-dressed timber (6)
Two definitions that are not helped by the double unch
6d Seriously intellectual teacher on course missing start (8)
A university teacher followed by a course or circuit without (missing) its initial letter (start)
8d I laid in money for piece of meat (8)
The I from the clue and a three-letter verb meaning laid or put inside an item of paper money
12d Street musician ranging freely needs to be in proper condition (5-7)
An anagram (freely) of RANGING inside a proper condition
16d Piece of music needing two instruments (8)
Combine two four-letter instruments
22d Suppress mischievous little fellow — that thing’s upsetting (6)
A mischievous little fellow followed by “that thing’s” all reversed
25d Competent bishop hampered by drink (4)
B(ishop) inside (hampered by) some alcoholic drink
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The Quick Crossword pun: faux+claw=folk lore