Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28168 (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 Hector, perhaps, and mount threat to computer (6,5)
The nationality of, for example (perhaps), Hector followed by a mount or steed
10a Digs rough land over with spades (5)
These digs or accommodation are derived by reversing (over) some rough land and adding S(pades)
12a Adjective maybe for one who’s come up the hard way (9)
Two definitions – the second being someone who had to successfully compete in preliminary rounds in order to play in the main competition
13a Rewrite thesis initially unconvincing (5)
The initial letter of T[hesis] followed by an adjective meaning unconvincing or feeble
14a English racing venue not top-class course (6)
E(nglish) followed by a National Hunt racing venue without the two letters that indicate top-class gives a course of a meal
16a Jump on vessel as ultimate act (4,4)
Split the answer as jump (5) and a vessel (3)
18a Men work after time needing a snack (8)
These men are our usual non-commissioned soldiers, follow them with a verb meaning to work the land, precede them with T(ime) and then finally add the A from the clue
24a Person in crowd scene merges with performer being a fan (9)
Take a person in a crowd scene of a film and a performer, perhaps in the same scene; the first word ends with the initial letter of the second so “merge” both words by dropping one of these letters
28a Near ancient doddery oldster (11)
An anagram (doddery) of NEAR ANCIENT
2d German assent in support of port wine (5)
The German for “yes” preceded by (in support of) a South American port
3d What some prefer with whisky that’s served in the bar (7)
Split this as (4,3) to get what some philistines prefer with their whisky – the bar in question is more Inn of Court than pub!
4d Drink — one containing egg and mother’s ruin (6)
The shortened form of an egg-based drink followed by the drink known colloquially as “mother’s ruin”
6d Second mad person having tea break (7)
S(econd) followed by a mad person who organised a tea party (no, it’s not Sarah Palin)
7d Jet-setter who gets discount to go regularly to abide in France getting two-thirds off (8,5)
A verb meaning to go regularly to the same place followed by a verb meaning to abide or remain inside the first one-third (getting two-thirds off) of FR[ance]
9d What could make her date distraught (6-7)
An anagram, indicated by the first word of the answer, of the second word of the answer could make HER DATE
17d Do a bunk from exam with maximum speed (8)
Split as (4,4) this could mean to do a bunk from an exam
25d Chinese gang on a Pacific land (5)
A Chinese gang is followed by the A from the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: hide+rowlocks=hydraulics