Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28156 (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.
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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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Rugby team needing a drink missing second score for Murray perhaps (6-7)
The number of players in a rugby team preceded by an adjective meaning needing a drink without (missing) the S(econd) gives a score that [Andy] Murray might achieve
9a Rascal finishing in store (9)
A three-letter rascal or scamp followed by a word meaning finishing – note that “in” is part of the definition
12a What you might have in a pub that’s just opened (4)
Split as (1,3) this is what you might have in a pub
17a Saw dog restrained by lead (7)
This saw or adage is derived by putting a name often given to a dog inside the chemical symbol for lead
20a Thief takes bullock round a pound (7)
Put another word for a bullock around the A from the clue and the Latin abbreviation for a pound sterling
21a Man with a mother? Yes and no (4)
The A from the clue followed by a mother, usually one in the animal kingdom – as a biblical character this man had no mother, but all others with the same name do have one
23a Decorative material — gold — found in well-known London restaurant (5)
The heraldic term for gold inside the name of a well-known London restaurant, usually preceded by “The”
28a Hoteliers lost straying cat (13)
An anagram (straying) of HOTELIERS LOST
1d Try Danish novel about public transport vehicles, or this book (8,6)
An anagram (novel) of TRY DANISH around some public transport vehicles of the kind that are currently making a comeback
4d Naval vessel needing fortune to fix inside (7)
Put fortune or destiny around a verb meaning to fix or manipulate
5d Light music genre of the 1970s adopted by showy dresser (3,4)
A carefully concealed definition – a music genre of the 1970s, which featured outrageous clothes, makeup, and hairstyles, particularly platform-soled boots and glitter, inside (adopted by) a showy dresser
6d Frank Spencer’s wife loses head for artist (4)
The name of Frank Spencer’s wife in the TV series Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em without her initial letter (loses head)
8d Sweet kid after unwanted company (10,4)
A verb meaning to kid preceded by (after) an unwanted third person in the company of a couple
14d Being good-looking appears to secure actor’s part (10)
A verb meaning appears or arrives around (to secure) a word used to describe a part or role played by an actor
20d Vice exploits parts of the body (7)
A vice or evil followed by a verb meaning takes advantage of or exploits
25d Prison riot (4)
Two definitions – a colloquial word for prison and a riot or commotion
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The Quick Crossword pun: hype+Otto+news=hypotenuse