Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28186 (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 Caught bird, chicken (6)
C(aught) followed by a type of bird gives an adjective meaning chicken or cowardly
10a Expert boards last tube — result, finally (3,7)
An expert between (boards) a word meaning last or final and a tube
12a 11 kept in by teacher after sentence one’s put here (4)
The abbreviation of the answer to 11 across inside how a student refers to a male teacher – this sentence is one handed out by a court
17a The old man with good vessel’s capsized — substitute required (7)
A two-letter colloquial word for the old man or father followed by G(ood), a cooking vessel and the S from ‘S, all reversed (capsized)
18a Verbal hesitation in retreat, poetry’s back (7)
A two-letter spoken word of hesitation back to front (in retreat) followed by some poetry
22a Lake as well as countryside (4)
L(ake) followed by a word meaning as well as or also
25a Maxim I reproduced involving two editors using various arts (5-5)
An anagram () of MAXIM I around two separate abbreviations of ED(itor)
26a Payment for written material coming from Ealing (6)
An anagram (coming from) of EALING
2d Said bridle on top must be restored (10)
A verb meaning said preceded by (on top) a bridle
4d Salerno possibly somewhere in the USA? (3,7)
The answer could describe an anagram for SALERNO – i.e. anagram indicator followed by its fodder
7d Can man’s following study delegation? (10)
A can and a posh bloke (man) both follow a verb meaning to study
13d Going up the wall? Take this (4,6)
A cryptic definition of something that can be used to climb a wall
16d What smells delightful, almost grand, in rapid decline? (10)
A charade of the organ used to smell, most of an adjective meaning delightful and G(rand)
19d London area team touring a place on the coast (7)
The two-letter area of England which includes London and a team around (touring the A from the clue
23d Protest as one of us served up in party (4)
One of us, and it’s not you, reversed (served up) inside a party
24d Some risk increasing personal cover (4)
Hidden (some) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: wreck+hoarding=recording