Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28144 (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 Songs of Praise requires additional contribution by charity (6)
An additional contribution to a letter followed by relief given out of charity to the poor – did wonder about the use of requires rather than require in the surface reading, but Songs of Praise is a programme on UK Television
8a Sort of country inn with something left outside (8)
An inn surrounded by something left from an earlier time
10a Tool works without resistance (6)
A verb meaning works steadily around (without – ouch!) R(esistance)
12a Talk with woman, the lady of the house (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to talk informally followed by a woman’s name
13a More advanced form of bingo, darling! (8,4)
This additional advance of money is an anagram (form) of BINGO DARLING
16a Spend childhood entertaining grand whim (7,5)
A verb meaning to spend or xxx and one’s childhood around (entertaining) G(rand)
23a Fat duke’s excellent in old-fashioned way (8)
D(uke) followed by an old-fashioned word for excellent
24a Crook logged out (6)
This crook or bend is an anagram (out) of LOGGED
25a Iodine applied to blood around new cut (6)
The chemical symbol for iodine followed by a word meaning blood around N(ew) gives a verb meaning to cut or disregard
1d Claim made about Norse god a lot (8)
A claim or excuse around the name of one of the Norse gods
5d Before being grappled by Japanese wrestling ace (7)
A three-letter prefix meaning before inside (being grappled by) a form of wrestling which is popular in Japan
9d Having rushed around, burn that being barbecued (11)
A verb meaning rushed around a burn or small stream
14d One’s upfront in Aegean, getting hot in swim with skimpy costume (9)
The first two letters of Aegean are an example (one) of this grammatical term which is derived by inserting H(ot) between a three-letter swim and a skimpy costume
15d Look for a scrap, namely to get one’s own back (8)
The two-letter Latin abbreviation for namely followed by a verb meaning to get one’s own back
18d Turn and throw baby in pond? (7)
A two-letter turn or attempt followed by a verb meaning to throw
19d Dispute with Iceland died right down, being one to avoid fighting (6)
Start with a fishing dispute with Iceland (3,3), that ran from 1958 – 76, and move the D(ied) right down to the end
21d Aquatic creature in Italian river (5)
A colloquial word meaning “in” or “with it” followed by Gnomey’s favourite (will he ever live that one down?) Italian river
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The Quick Crossword pun: mull+bury+bush=mulberry bush