Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28126 (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.
4a Don Juan‘s Spanish house beside river flowing west (8)
The Spanish word for house followed by the reversal (flowing west in an across clue) of an English river
8a Very old Scottish chimney shown by English book (6)
V(ery) and O(ld) followed by the usual Scottish chimney, making its first appearance for a while, and E(nglish)
10a One from the country having drink after 6.50 (8)
A sort of alcoholic drink preceded by the Roman numerals for 6 and 50
12a Rip off iron on the wagon? One gets stuff to throw at people! (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to rip off or cheat followed by the chemical symbol for iron, an abbreviation for “on the wagon” or abstemious and I (one)
16a Admirer drunk and shot in dance (8)
A three-letter admirer followed by an anagram (drunk) of AND and a shot or attempt
24a Reveal record waste (8)
A record or album followed by a verb meaning to waste or squander
25a Many aboard worry it’s bulging outwards (6)
A charade of the Roman numeral for a largish number, a two-letter preposition meaning aboard and a verb meaning to worry
26a Current monitor coming from north-east, not north (8)
An anagram (coming from) of [N]ORTH-EAST without (not) the N(orth)
1d Detailed zoo rhino’s blurred range of vision (7)
An anagram (blurred) of ZO[o] RHINO without the final letter (detailed) of zo[o]
3d Stand by as one says mass (6)
Sounds like (as one says) an exhortation to stand by
4d Confer after City unexpectedly perform successfully (5,4,6)
An anagram (unexpectedly) of CONFER AFTER CITY
7d Old soldier chopped tree in front (7)
An anagram (chopped) of TREE inside a word meaning the front
15d Amazing result of strike (8)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning amazing or stunning and one possible result of a fight or bout
17d Pitch up, being restrained by excellent mum in scrap (7)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a three-letter verb meaning to pitch or toss inside two-letter words meaning excellent and mum or quiet gives a verb meaning to scrap or get rid of
18d Dazed non-fliers in resting place (7)
Some birds that can’t fly inside a resting place
22d Aggressively male Chinese leader touring Switzerland (5)
The first name of a former Chinese leader around (touring) the IVR code for Switzerland
The Crossword Club is now open.
As it’s the last Saturday of the month, I’m off to the Village Café and Market – back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: purr+specks=Perspex®