Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28192 (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 That chap, youngster, accompanying a legendary queen (6)
The male pronoun followed by the young of certain carnivorous animals and the A from the clue
4a Did turn in vehicle traversing ice (8)
The hardest part of this clue is sorting the definition from the wordplay, which is a verb meaning to turn inside a vehicle used for traversing the ice
10a Sustaining motion in meeting I later disrupted (8)
IN followed by (meeting) an anagram (disrupted) of I LATER
14a Saving meatier cooking — or rejecting it (13)
This anagram (cooking) of SAVING MEATIER gives the act of rejecting “meatier cooking”
21a Potato, say King Edward, put on ship (5)
The regnal cipher for King Edward preceded by (put on in an across clue) a colloquial word for a small ship
24a Kudos attached to Devon town (8)
Some kudos followed by a two-letter preposition meaning attached to
25a Tests a learner wearing swimming aids (6)
The A from the clue and L(earner) inside (wearing) aids which help fish (or people) to swim
26a Bolt maybe second office machine needed (8)
… a very topical clue!
27a Carbon fibre that’s used for colouring (6)
The cryptic definition of carbon followed by a type of fibre
1d Australian city requires sound of laughter cut by half on part of The Simpsons (6)
Start with either half of a four-letter sound of laughter and follow it with one of the characters (part) in The Simpsons
2d Accountant’s balance is variable in vehicle, former make (5-4)
Put a mathematical variable inside a vehicle followed by a former make of car
5d The appropriate way to fasten 11? (7,4)
This is an appropriate way for the answer to 11 Across, when split (5,4), to be fastened
6d Vehicle in rain crashed — fine state (7)
A commercial vehicle inside an anagram (crashed) of RAIN
12d See TV heroine go wild with it (2,3,6)
Once again the key is to isolate the definition – the rest is an anagram (wild) of TV HEROINE GO, although I’m not sure what purpose, other than for the surface reading, is served by the “see”
15d Fancied one girl drinking a short (9)
I (one) and a girl’s name around (drinking) the A from the clue and an alcoholic short
16d Good times, good marks? Get away! (2,6)
Some good times (3) followed by some good marks (5)
18d Helping Shakespearean heroine cut down working (7)
Most of (cut down) a Shakespearean heroine followed by a two-letter adverb meaning working
22d Watery lake in Paddington perhaps (5)
L(ake) inside the type of animal that was discovered by Mr and Mrs Brown at Paddington Station
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The Quick Crossword pun: musky+tears=musketeers