Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28132 (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.
1a Set Heath back like a member of the House of Lords (10)
The reversal of the three-letter first name of former Prime Minister Heath followed by an adjective describing how a member of the House of Lords is formally dressed
6a Restrain youngster crossing road initially (4)
This youngster is usually the offspring of an animal like a bear or fox – put it around the initial letter of R[oad]
10a Second villain taking small wood decoration (9)
A charade of S(econd) a four-letter shortened version of a villain, a small wood or thicket
15a Work with the grain (6)
A gently cryptic definition of a verb meaning to separate the grain from the husks – the surface reading is intended to suggest planing a piece of wood
19a Point out clearly what you shouldn’t need to do in paperless office (8)
Split as (4,4) this is something that you shouldn’t need to do in paperless office
21a Controlling influence deployed in emergencies (8,5)
Looks complicated but it’s simply an anagram (deployed) of IN EMERGENCIES
24a Outwit dealer, perhaps using public spirit and pressure (9)
This verb meaning to outwit the dealer, or one of the other players, in a game of whist comes from a charade of an adjective meaning public, an alcoholic spirit and P(ressure)
27a It’s normal to hold gun mostly for what sentry does (5,5)
An adjective meaning normal or usual around (to hold) the first two letters (mostly) of GU[n]
1d Chapter head for a penetrating study (4)
The A from the clue inside (penetrating) a study
2d Weapon carried in street over minor matters (7)
A weapon or firearm inside (carried in) the reversal of the abbreviation of ST(reet)
3d Check with regard to concrete support (13)
A charade of a four-letter verb meaning to check, a preposition meaning with regard to and some concrete
5d Wound up holding top-class currency (5)
The reversal of a small wound around the single-letter that represents top or upper class
8d Cricketer has to secure tons in derbies (6,4)
A cricketer is followed by HAS around (to secure) T(ons) to get these derbies that are worn on the head
16d Gets vessel holding starter of guacamole for jumbo spread perhaps (8)
A verb meaning gets or gains and a cooking vessel around the initial letter (starter) of G[uacamole] – this jumbo is an aircraft not an animal
20d Golf tournament spot, reportedly somewhere far out in the main (4,3)
A UK golf tournament followed by what sounds like (reportedly) a verb meaning to spot
23d Breeding establishment boss (4)
Two definitions – a horse-breeding establishment and a protrusion (not an employer!)
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The Quick Crossword pun: sundaes+cool=Sunday School