Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28162 (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.
7a Left home to be nursed by sibling (8)
Our usual two-letter word for home inside a sibling – the alternative meaning of this answer reflects how the Romans were suspicious of left-handed people!
9a Short in bar groggily put away (6)
An anagram (groggily) of BAR followed by an anagram (away) of PUT
12a Bureaucrat on line about round fruit (8,6)
A government bureaucrat, like Sir Humphrey Appleby, and a line or brand of products around the round letter
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15a Cost of polish, not good (4)
A word meaning polish or sheen without (not) its initial G(ood)
17a Hot rock mass shown in colour supplement article (5)
Put M(ass) inside the three-letter abbreviated form of a newspaper colour supplement and the indefinite article
20a Knowing someone else’s mind, even if plodding? (7-7)
Split as (6,8) this could be a word meaning even if followed by one meaning plodding
25a Batting order for cricket? (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean batting or at the crease in the game of cricket and an order or faction but actually cricket here is an example (indicated by the question mark) of a six-legged creature
28a Do nicely for so long (8)
Split as (4,4) this could mean to do nicely – unsurprisingly as that is the very derivation of the word
1d Row it over English river (4)
The reversal (over in a down clue) of IT followed by E(nglish) and R(iver)
2d Watched rival, United? (6)
A verb meaning to rival followed by one meaning united by marriage
4d Run-down saloon, say, may cause bishop exasperation (6)
A saloon could be an example (say) of this run-down vehicle – B(ishop) is followed by a word meaning exasperation or annoyance
5d Anagram remarkably cold drink (8)
I loved this anagram (remarkably) of ANAGRAM which is followed by C(old) to get an alcoholic drink
6d In disarray, riding team losing (6,4)
Our usual two-letter word meaning riding or on horseback followed by a team and an word meaning losing
13d You can see me in John o’ Groats, and in Land’s End, but not in between! (10)
A clever observation that both ends of Great Britain contain the same punctuation mark
16d / 27a Reasonable opportunity of succeeding person catching criminal (8,6)
An anagram (criminal) of PERSON CATCHING
22d Deny any connection with row involving broadcast (6)
A row or loud noise around (involving) a verb meaning to broadcast or scatter seeds
26d Ring clubs, the lot (4)
C(lubs) followed by the lot or eveything
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The Quick Crossword pun: Suffolk+eight=suffocate