Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28102 (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.
1a Frivolous chatter, at first it’s illuminating (8)
An adjective meaning frivolous preceded by (at first) some chatter
11a Person that runs after ball one gets to fly many a mile (12)
A person that runs preceded by (after) a ball-shaped object gives this traveller that you just might encounter somewhere else today!
15a Visual showing humour? Don’t start that! (6)
Take an adjective meaning showing humour and drop (don’t start that) the initial letter
16a Soldiers must surround a base (4)
Some soldiers around the A from the clue gives an adjective meaning base or wretched
21a Father has an allowance — that’s sweet (8)
The two-letter abbreviation for a religious father followed by an allowance with its indefinite article (1,5)
23a Border constituency? Not necessarily (8,4)
This type of parliamentary constituency is more borderline than on the border!
26a Trickle from said river (4)
Sounds like one of several rivers, the best-known being in Yorkshire
28a Kind of chutney in cheese sent back (4-4)
A four-letter word meaning in(doors) followed by the reversal of an insipid cheese
2d Fourth part of play — at end of scene set off (8)
Think about it – what is the heading of the fourth part of, say, a Shakespeare play (3,2)? Then add AT from the clue and the final letter (end) of [scen]E
3d Established like the one at the front of the queue? (4-8)
This describes what the person at the front of a queue has been doing
6d Fail to notice maiden perhaps going to butcher’s (8)
What a maiden is an example of (perhaps) in cricket followed by the word represented by butcher’s in Cockney rhyming slang
7d Mug containing most of material (4)
This mug is a stupid person and is derived by dropping the final letter (most of) from some material
14d Was he after some of that bundle? (5)
Hidden (some of that) inside the clue
16d Food from Eton — tucked in after male fellow diner (8)
The word that follows Eton in a delicious dessert followed by a verb meaning tucked in or digested, the latter being preceded by M(ale)
17d Objective: a rider’s weapon to be used in plot (8)
New clue (online only) 17d Objective: a weapon sawn off at the end to be used in plot (8)
To get this adjective meaning objective put the A from the clue and a weapon carried by a mounted soldier inside a garden plot – but due to what looks like an error in the clue, the weapon needs to be truncated first [or perhaps the wordplay should have been “a rider’s weapon to be used in empty plot”]!
19d Large, exotic maidens venturing into unknown? On the contrary (3-5)
Don’t put this anagram (exotic) of MAIDENS inside (venturing into) a mathematical unknown but do it the other way around (on the contrary)
25d Strip of wood from machine, unfinished (4)
Drop the final letter (unfinished) from a type of machine
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The Quick Crossword pun: pro+paw+shun+eight=proportionate