Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28108 (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 Wood panels found in carts and bed (8)
Some old-fashioned carts, from the time of John Constable, followed by a child’s bed
11a Bather uncovered New York pickpocket after swindle (6-6)
The abbreviation of new York and a pickpocket preceded by a verb meaning to swindle
13a Baltic capital left behind crazy song (8)
The capital of a Baltic state and L(eft) preceded by an adjective meaning crazy
15a Wear down a sharp point with energy (6)
A simple charade of the A from the clue, a type of nail with a sharp point and E(nergy)
18a Mild expletive from martial arts expert about right (4)
A martial arts expert around R(ight)
21a Bond — that man’s in a downward career trajectory (8)
The pronoun meaning that man and the S from ‘S inside the A from the clue and a downward career trajectory
27a Means to help about spring (8)
The two-letter word meaning about followed by a spring or wellhead
28a Long-term plan to get lost sheep caught (8)
A verb meaning to get lost around (caught) a sheep in its second year.
2d Like Hook and his sound beginning (8)
Split as (2,6) this could mean like Captain Hook from Peter Pan, but it actually describes the sound of the first letter of H[ook]
3d Jackanory versery perhaps? (7,5)
This children’s “versery” describes the relation between the first two words in the clue
6d Welcome good pair of workers in stables (4-4)
G(ood) followed by a three-letter worker and a four-letter one, both of whom might be found in stables
7d Chicken seen in this grocery store? (4)
Not one for our overseas solvers – when the answer is split (2-2) it gives one of a chain of grocery stores famous in days of yore for their sadly-missed divvy (dividend)
8d Good person to encourage top person in a party (8)
When split as (2,4,2) this party leader’s surname becomes a good person followed by a phrasal verb meaning to encourage
14d One carries burden Oriental priest mentioned (5)
Sounds like (mentioned) an Oriental priest
19d Fascinating old fighter meeting one in boxing venue (8)
A retired soldier (old fighter) and I (one) inside a boxing venue
25d Charms eroded initially for old lovers (4)
Start with some Germanic charms or spells and drop (eroded) the initial letter
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The Quick Crossword pun: Stan+dandy+liver=stand and deliver