Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28138 (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.
5a Secrets spilled about power and emblems of authority (8)
An anagram (spilled) of SECRETS around P(ower)
10a Reportedly rough passage (6)
Last weekend Badger asked about the positioning of homophone indicators – well here it precedes the word rough so the answer is a word meaning passage
11a Charming volunteers repaired flutes (8)
The usual two-letter abbreviation for volunteer soldiers followed by an anagram (repaired) of FLUTES
15a Cheek given about maiden over being tired (4)
A word meaning cheek or impertinence around the letter used to represent a maiden over in cricket
19a Continually elected? Clearly (12)
A two-letter word meaning elected followed by an adverb meaning clearly or unquestionably
22a Safe to slate boyish man? (5,3)
Criminal jargon for a safe followed by a verb meaning to slate or criticise
25a A jolly woman in navy (6)
The A from the clue, our usual jolly and a woman’s name
26a Old celebrity on French street, returning for train (8)
O(ld) and a celebrity preceded by the reversal (returning) of the French word for street
1d Meagre sum originally held in reserve (6)
The initial letter (originally) of S[um] inside a reserve or substitute
2d Electoral area undermining environmentalists is common (10)
An electoral area that is usually smaller than a constituency preceded by the party that regard themselves as environmentalists
4d Volunteer to house complete delinquent (8)
A verb meaning to volunteer around (to house) a three-letter word meaning complete gives a delinquent
6d Fried noodles, food I must feed soldiers (4,4)
Some food followed by the I from the clue inside some soldiers gives my favourite Chinese dish
7d Turning honest about it, criminal is to avoid being committed (3,2,3,5)
An anagram (turning) of HONEST around IT and followed by a criminal
9d Last character to wear striking clobber (4)
The final letter of (last character to) [wea]R followed by an adjective meaning striking or withdrawing one’s labour gives a verb meaning to clobber or overwhelm
13d Finn and Turk go out to get a musical instrument? (6,4)
An anagram (out) of FINN and TURK GO
20d Wipe the floor with this? Is to be scrubbed ahead of series (6)
Start with TH[IS], drop (to be scrubbed) the IS and then add a series or large number of instances of anything happening at the same time, as in a series of strikes
23d E.g. 22 take part in a game (4)
Two definitions – the first being the kind of literary production of which the answer to 22 Across is an example (e.g.)
The Crossword Club is now open.
Today is Big Lunch day across the country. This year it has been timed to celebrate the Queen’s (official) 90th Birthday. Our celebration starts at midday on the village green, which is immediately outside our front gate.
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The Quick Crossword pun: plait+owes=plateaus