Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28114 (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.
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
7a Piffle I spread about love story (4,2,2)
An anagram (spread) of PIFFLE I around O (love) gives a story that some said couldn’t be made into a film – they were wrong!
10a At university, rower across river causes pandemonium (6)
The usual two-letter word meaning at university followed by an implement used for rowing a boat around R(iver)
11a Parsimony of girl in canteen (8)
A girl’s name inside a canteen, especially one in the armed forces
15a Genius present (4)
Two definitions – genius or a special talent and a prezzie
20a Direct action film (5,9)
A verb meaning to direct or prepare and a military action
23a Short programme on British dessert dish (8)
A programme without its final letter (short) followed by B(ritish)
27a Sound part of Britannica? (6)
A part of a large encyclopædia – is the omission of the word encyclopædia justified by the question mark?
28a A plucked instrument enthralling bishop — so perfect (8)
The A from the clue and a plucked instrument around (enthralling) B(ishop) and SO
1d Women’s group member gets wet (4)
A women’s group, thought by many to have originated in the UK but actually founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, followed by the usual member gives a wet or an ineffectual person
2d Pardon being absent after service not quite right (3,3)
A three-letter word meaning absent follows a tennis service that has to be retaken
6d Small home on estate I’m getting converted (10)
An anagram (getting converted) of ON ESTATE I’M
8d Medical tool perhaps originally carried by troops (7)
The initial letter (originally) of P[erhaps] inside (carried by) armed troops
16d Operate following hearing test (5,3)
A verb meaning to operate or manage preceded by a hearing in court
22d Slight criticism of soldier over entering foggy glen (6)
The reversal (over) of a US soldier inside an anagram (foggy) of GLEN
24d Lover from London district, it’s said (4)
Sounds like (it’s said) a district in East London
26d Brief written record of college uprising (4)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) of a college for posh boys who don’t know the price of milk
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The Quick Crossword pun: cocker+teal=cockatiel / cockateel