Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28066 (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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Some hints follow.
3a Stronghold I’m in is very very noisy (10)
Begin with a stronghold or well-defended refuge and follow that with the ‘is’ from the clue and another way of saying ‘very’ which contains the ‘I’m’ from the clue.
8a Wasted opening in ball game (6)
The first letter (opening) of B(all) is followed by a game of chance also called Bingo.
9a Model drunk? Take no action (3,5)
A verb to model, or pose for an artist, is followed by a slang way of saying drunk. From this clue and answer and the previous one I’m beginning to spot a bit of a theme here – must be something to do with the weekend goings-on in Macclesfield!
12a Planner, furious about wrong name put inside (10)
This one’s a bit ‘Russian Doll’! Begin with a three letter word for really angry or furious – that word contains another three letter word for a wrong or an error which, in its turn, contains yet another word meaning name or call. I wasn’t going to do a hint for this one, mainly because to be entirely honest although the answer was obvious I couldn’t see how it worked – then it came to me and I thought if I’d had trouble then maybe others would have done too.
14a Quiet trip before marriage causes loud quarrel (8,5)
Begin with a couple of letters requesting a bit of quiet and follow that with a trip or jaunt. The second word is a marriage or a pairing up.
20a In my opinion, after gym, boy must go into assembly (10)
A two letter abbreviation for gym or other physical training is followed by an assembly or large gathering of people which contains a boy who is a male relation.
23a Reported diarist who ordered erotic entertainment (8)
A homophone (reported) of the surname of the famous 17th century diarist followed by an anagram (ordered) of WHO.
26a Drink on break, and a biscuit (6,4)
An alcoholic drink is followed by a break or a crack.
1d Special clothes pleased some newspapers (4,4)
A word for pleased or happy about something is followed by a slang word for some of the more disreputable newspapers.
2d Fired up in fight for knife (8)
The fight can be split into two words 3,2 – they contain (in) a reversal (up) of a short word meaning fired – not fired from a position but set alight.
6d Special mark obtained by Greek character? About time! (6)
The eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet (Greek character) contains (about) the one letter abbreviation for T(ime).
7d Austrian composer and US author heading firstly for island (6)
The US author’s first name is Norman – his surname has an ‘I’ in it – just swap the ‘I’ for the first letter of H(eading) – (heading firstly for Island). This was another one which took me far to long to be able to justify my answer.
15d Embroidered cloth — videos sample (8)
These outdated ways of recording visual material contained a thin strip which used to get all snarled up if you weren’t very careful – you want the stuff that got tangled up followed by a sample or a taste.
17d Revered husband acknowledged (8)
The one letter abbreviation for H(usband) is followed by another way of saying acknowledged or granted.
18d One looking after another round Aintree’s far end in gallop (6)
A person who looks after the needs of another contains the last letter (far end) of (aintre)E.
23d Spy briefly in plot (4)
A slang word for a spy or someone working in a police operation without its last letter (briefly).
I liked 14 and 23a.
The quickie pun:- (COME) + (FOOT) = (COMFORT)
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