Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28180 (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 Song about Ross Poldark initially being a surly fellow (10)
A song or round for three or more voices goes around ROSS from the clue and the initial letter of P[oldark]
9a Tablet with primrose that’s got rid of cold — you’ll sleep on it (10)
A medicinal tablet followed by another word for a primrose from which its initial C(old) has been dropped (got rid of)
12a Vegetable that’s acceptable uncooked mostly (4)
A two-letter word meaning acceptable followed by most of a word meaning uncooked
15a Liking a swan song (8)
A female swan followed by a song
18a Show sullen face about a second-grade work (6)
A verb meaning to show a sullen face around the A from the clue and the letter that indicates second grade
23a Depressed with French and having to enter for every programme (4,5)
A word meaning depressed followed by (with) the French for “and” inside (to enter) a word meaning for every
27a Rescue vehicle perhaps transported the police by river (10)
An anagram (transported) of THE POLICE followed by R(iver)
28a Prepare line for fish (4)
A two-letter word meaning to prepare followed by a line has trains on it!
29a Herded by police, odd one that’s given a beating (10)
A verb meaning herded, or contained, protesters in an enclosed area by the police followed by a word meaning odd or strange
1d Hat on European’s head (4)
A type of flat brimless hat followed by E(uropean)
3d Bear trainers will get equipment for emergencies (7,5)
A verb meaning to bear or put up with followed by a colloquial word for training shoes
5d Tool that man’s taken into small room that’s unfinished (6)
A word meaning belonging to that man (that man’s) inside most of (that’s unfinished) a small room
8d Jocular remark having drunk ales in storeroom (10)
An anagram (drunk) of ALES inside a room used for storing food
11d Favour including location of Villa’s museum piece (7,5)
A favour, especially one worn as a badge showing affiliation to a political party, around the location of Villa football club
14d Captivated in spring time — contrariwise (10)
a spring or leap preceded by (contrariwise) a period of time
17d Causing panic in the manner of king on film (8)
A word, of French origin, meaning “in the manner of” followed by the Latin abbreviation for king and a film or spray
25d Fraternal author of tales mostly gloomy (4)
One of two brothers, famous for their fairy tales, without his final letter
The Crossword Club is now open. I’m off to the Village Café and Market – back at lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: can+guru+hops=kangaroo hops