Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28054 (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 Unnerve character returning in rickety old car (10)
A six-letter verb meaning to unnerve followed by the reversal (returning) of a character, perhaps one taken by an actor in a play
10a Leading man drinking wine in it (9)
MAN around (drinking) a fortified wine, all inside IT from the clue
12a One progresses rapidly in this designer outfit? (3,4)
A car usually progresses rapidly when in this – it could also be a designer outfit
17a Awkward type wrestling endlessly for one-time payment? (4,3)
This ungainly or awkward person is followed by most of a type of wrestling which is popular in Japan to get a one-time payment
19a Annoyance shown by King George during succession (7)
Put King George’s regnal cipher inside a succession or sequence
21a Come clean about one written about female saints (7)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by ONE around F(emale) and two of the single-letter abbreviations for S(aint)
27a Therapist‘s in work, at hospital (9)
A four-letter word for in, or at the place where one lives, followed by the two-letter abbreviation for a musical work, AT from the clue and H(ospital)
28a Sign in accounts — no comment (5)
To get this sign of the zodiac, start with some accounts or descriptions and drop (no) COMMENT
30a Rugby ref’s award achieved by fine endeavour (7,3)
A fine or punishment followed by an endeavour or attempt
1d Actual region’s miles off (4)
Drop (off) M(iles) from the end of a region or domain
3d Drunk started smoking (3,2)
This two-word phrase can mean drunk or what one did when one started smoking a cigarette
4d Take care of fencing trouble — back part only (4,3)
A verb meaning to take care of around (fencing) a verb meaning to trouble or upset
5d Clothes variously appear on line (7)
An anagram (variously) of APPEAR followed by L(ine)
16d Hornblower and his capital short speech (7)
The first name of fictional naval officer Hornblower comes from the initial letter (capital) of H[ornblower] followed by most of (short) a speech
21d Girl, 22, in frolics (7)
This girl’s name is an anagram (frolics) of the vessel that is the answer to 22 Across with IN
25d Severely criticise book ending a series (5)
B(ook) followed by the ending or final entry of a series
26d Game is extremely pricey (1-3)
IS from the clue followed by the outer letters (extremely) of P[rice]Y
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The Quick Crossword pun: terror+soar=pterosaur – thanks Kiwi Colin