Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28042 (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 Running commercial vehicles on initially tight allowance (14)
A two-letter commercial followed by some vehicles, the initial letter of T[ight] and an allowance
12a Nevertheless halt sale, silly me! (3,3,4)
An anagram (silly) of HALT SALE followed by ME
14a Very great number heading off after start of migration (6)
A number without (off) its initial letter (heading) preceded by the initial letter (start) of M[igration]
15a Recalled top of fancy flower (8)
The reversal (recalled) of a top or cover, OF from the clue and a fancy or whim
18a Again docked across the dam (6)
Most of (docked) a four-letter word meaning again around (across) THE from the clue gives a dam or female parent
21a Dance waving pretty sash (10)
An anagram (waving) of PRETTY SASH
25a Ring French friend about fake Japanese art (7)
The ring-shaped letter and the French word for a friend around (about) a verb meaning to fake or falsify
26a A somewhat restrained comment below formal declaration (14)
A straightforward charade of a word meaning below and a formal declaration
1d Praise a Conservative allegation (7)
The A from the clue followed by C(onservative) and an allegation
2d What bridegroom may get me at rip-roaring resorts bordering Oman’s capital (8-7)
An anagram (resorts) of ME AT RIP-ROARING around (bordering) the initial letter (capital) of O[man]
5d True about victim being in denial (8)
A four-letter word meaning true around the victim of a joke
6d Rookie in bid to join infantry (10)
A bid followed by a word for the infantry
7d Canteen had soups requiring stirring –- a matter easily resolved (4-3-4,4)
… haven’t we seen this one recently?
8d A grand on top (2,4)
The A from the clue and a word meaning grand or wonderful
16d Mythological king you almost sussed out (8)
An anagram (out) of most of YO[U] and SUSSED
17d Added to register, the Queen’s surgeon (6)
A register followed by the Queen’s regnal cipher gives the surname of the surgeon debatably credited with the invention of antiseptic surgery
20d Lynn, perhaps, banking on Italian city (6)
… this Lynn is the surname of a wartime songstress
23d Cover skin (4)
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The Quick Crossword pun: Moss+quay+tow=mosquito