Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28012 (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 Mourns epic in part of theatre (10)
This anagram (broadcast) of MOURNS EPIC gives the front part of a stage in a theatre
9a Doing stunts on high bar, one caught cracking nuts (10)
A type of chocolate bar – the one that’s full of bubbles – followed by I (one) and C(aught) inside (cracking) a word meaning nuts, crackers or bananas!
10a Dishes half smashed? Little reptile! (4)
Drop the second half (half smashed) of an eight-letter word meaning dishes to get the shortened word for a reptile, seen here not that long ago
13a Stop meeting professional villain (8)
Pro(fessional) followed by a villain
18a Orchestra‘s man arranged main orch. (12)
A four-letter shortened form of a man’s name followed by an anagram (arranged) of MAIN ORCH
21a Extra work performed in the long run (8)
Split as (4,4) this means in the long run or gradually
25a People in a series of races have not commonly achieved goal (10)
Some people inside a charade of the A from the clue, a series of motorcycle races and the common or a colloquial version of “have not” gives a noun (not a verb) meaning an achieved goal
27a Shakespeare role American’s doing well (10)
A role in Shakespeare’s The Tempest followed by the two-letter abbreviation for American
1d Fish I displayed in position (6)
The I from the clue inside a position
2d Quiet after performing rugger forward surge (6)
An exhortation to keep quiet follows a two-letter word meaning performing and the abbreviation for rugger
3d Savoy perhaps with unusual end to Madame Butterfly (7-5)
The type of vegetable of which savoy is an example followed by an anagram (unusual) of WITH and the final letter (end) of [Madam]E
7d Two types of fuel sent up to house the Queen in women’s quarters (8)
Two three-letter types of fuel reversed (sent up in a down clue) around the Queen’s regnal cipher
11d Smelly stuff gives fellow utter outrage (12)
F(ellow) followed by an adjective meaning utter or out-and-out and a verb meaning to outrage
16d Tooth present briefly in place where it should be (8)
This tooth on the rim of a wheel or capstan is derived by putting the abbreviation for PR(esent) inside a place where a bony enamel-coated tooth should be
20d We hear of Alfred and Alexander, perhaps, in scrapes (6)
The sobriquets given to the historical figures Alfred and Alexander sound like (we hear) this verb meaning scrapes or rasps
23d Clear flirtatious move (4)
Two definitions – the first meaning to clear or sanction
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The Quick Crossword pun: popper+Qatar+petal=Popocatépetl