Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28150 (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 Cautious about Italian making donation (7)
An adjective meaning cautious around IT(alian)
10a Dress at home (7)
A form of clothing (dress) typically that worn by a monk followed by AT from the clue
11a Heather’s put by tip for something to eat (8)
Our usual heather preceded by a rubbish tip
15a Medic returns a harmonious conclusion? (4)
The reversal (returns) of a colloquial word for word for a medic followed by the A from the clue
16a It shows the cost of getting taken for a ride (9)
… in a cab
24a Renegade let out shaking noise (6)
A renegade or deserter followed by an anagram (out) of LET
27a Speech could be flat (7)
This speech could also be a flat, or any other type of dwelling
28a Hindrance of course (8)
This hindrance can be a great help to the inexperienced on the golf course or a racecourse
29a Caught New York student heading west — he had knocked off illegally (7)
C(aught), the abbreviation for N(ew) (York) and the letter that represents a student all reversed (heading west in an across clue) followed by the shortened form of “he had” gives a verb meaning knocked off or put to death illegally
2d Principal part of building where nuts should fit in? (8)
Forget the definition and concentrate on combining a school principal with a part of a building
3d Artist wearing plaster that protects from cats and dogs (8)
Our usual artist followed by a two-letter word meaning wearing and a verb meaning to plaster
4d Established supporting vehicles one should leave immobile (10)
A word meaning established or permanent preceded by some passenger vehicles without (should leave) I (one)
5d Gold must come next to be dandy (4)
The chemical symbol for gold preceded by (come next to) BE from the clue
6d Kind of economic policy in the red, turning green? (4-2)
What do red and green traffic lights indicate?
11d Place of fantasy — fear grips chap getting left inside (9)
A word meaning fear around (grips) a chap who is around (getting … inside) L(eft)
14d Pop festival in June (7,3)
A cryptic definition of a time to give presents to “pop”
18d Mix company drinks before City rises (8)
CO(mpany) followed by some alcoholic drinks and the reversal (rises) of the postcode of the City of London
19d Diplomat gets cheers rising and falling — revolutionary (7)
The reversal (rising) of a two-letter word meaning cheers followed by the same word and our usual Argentinian revolutionary
26d Partially consumed a mild cheese (4)
Hidden (partially) inside the clue
The Crossword Club is now open. The end of the month comes around quickly, so I’m off to the Village Café and Market – back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: knows+chord+raw=no-score draw