Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28174 (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 Leaving artillery, becoming very successful (5,5,4)
A verb meaning leaving or departing followed by a phrase that could loosely describe heavy artillery
9a Resent having to ask for charity, urged otherwise (8)
A verb meaning to ask for charity, usually in the street, followed by an anagram (otherwise) of URGED
10a Scoring rate? (5)
… on a musical score
13a Stop working for, say, 24 hours? (4,2,1,3)
This phrase could describe giving a name to (say) a period of 24 hours
15a Channel follows bridge players making fix (8)
A channel dug out of the ground follows two of four bridge players
18a King hiding in a French shack, safe and sound (6)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for king inside (hiding in the French indefinite article and a shack
23a Commercial role being a defender (10)
A two-letter commercial followed by a role or occupation
27a Vehicle tracks in market from east and west, say, after crashing (8)
The reversal (from east in an across clue) of a four-letter market followed by W(est) and an anagram (after crashing) of SAY
28a Blue feathers being chewed (4,2,3,5)
This is a bit of an old chestnut – this adjectival phrase meaning blue or in low spirits suggests feathers are being chewed
2d Fashionable former partner’s put on sham woolly (7)
A charade on a two-letter word meaning fashionable, our usual former partner and a sham or pretence gives an adjective meaning woolly or vague
3d Man put fish on fork (4)
I always think that using first names, male or female, in a cryptic crossword is a cop-out, especially as there are a number of other words that fit the checking letters – this man’s name is derived from a pike-like fish with a long slender beaked head followed by the letter shaped like a fork in the road
5d From bygone days, energy has to go into a medal (3-3)
E(nergy) inside the A from the clue and a medal awarded for sport as opposed to gallantry on the battlefield
6d Acquire schoolboy grub seized by error — eat up! (3,5,2)
A three-letter verb meaning to acquire followed by some schoolboy grub, much favoured by Billy Bunter, inside an error or transgression
7d Itinerant lunatic standing in certainly not in charge (7)
An adjective meaning lunatic between a word meaning certainly not and the abbreviation of I(n) C(harge)
11d Certain Irish football official joining United board (11)
A charade of IR(ish), a football official, U(nited) and a board or bench
17d Church welcomes Irishman, one that’s put up memorial (8)
CH(urch) around the reversal (that’s put up) of a typical Irish forename and ONE from the clue
25d Went round dizzily, open mouths raised (4)
The reversal of some open mouths
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The Quick Crossword pun: noble+piece+prise=Nobel Peace Prize