Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28120 (Hints)
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Big Dave and a number of our bloggers and commenters are in Derby today for an S&B gathering, which I might have attended, had my ‘entertainment budget’ not been committed to the S&B in London next Tuesday. I’m a stand-in for the stand-in for Big Dave and so in the time I’ve available at the moment, I have provided some hints but, as usual, if you need more help, do let me know and I’ll add some more in between the other tasks I’d allocated for today. I was going to be rash and say that, looking at the clue mix, I’m sure you’ll all be fine, but that might be famous last words!
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.
1a British tree with start of Dutch tree rot (10)
A nice surface reading for a different sort of rot – the abbreviation for British, a tree, the start of Dutch and another tree.
17a Coarse humour to tease hard-line Tory about a Liberal (8)
A verb meaning to tease and the aforementioned hard-line Tory go ‘about’ A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for Liberal. One for Brian to check in the dictionary (which is what I did as I didn’t know the last part of the solution referred to someone who favours strict adherence to hard-line right-wing Conservative policies)
22a He exchanged letters to correspond aimlessly about nothing (6,7)
Another nice surface reading – an anagram (
exchanged letters aimlessly) of TO CORRESPOND around the letter that represents nothing.
27a Checks little fellow’s piece of embroidery (4,6)
A piece of embroidery obtained from another way of saying checks and an informal term for a little fellow.
1d Youngster born in stall (4)
The abbreviation for born inserted into a stall
3d List of people to make cross (9,4)
A cryptic definition of something we should be checking we are on before 23 June!
7d One dances around — unknown needing to get in programmes (7)
A reversal (around) of the letter that looks like a one and some formal dances into which is inserted one of the mathematical unknowns.
20d Something tempting passed without hesitation (7)
A tempter is obtained by putting an interjection expression hesitation into part of a verb meaning passed (time)
21d Decoration for two Englishmen in Perth (6)
How someone in Perth, Australia, might refer to two Englishmen.
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The Quick Crossword pun: Waugh+keys=walkies!