Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28198 (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.
3a Met man working in foster care? (10)
An anagram (working) of FOSTER CARE – the “in” appears to be there purely for the benefit of the surface reading
8a Dog set sail around UK! (6)
An anagram (set) of SAIL around UK
9a Sister, apprehensive initially, in college in Warwickshire town (8)
A religious sister followed by the initial letter of A[pprehensive] which is inside Crosswordland’s favourite college to give the Warwickshire town where the reaction of its newly re-elected MP was one of the abiding images of the 2015 General Election
10a Monitor head of welterweight boxer, perhaps after disturbing chat (8)
The initial letter (head) of W[elterweight] followed by the type of animal of which a boxer is an example (perhaps), the latter being preceded by (after) an anagram (disturbing) of CHAT
12a One has intuition of horror filling man who’s sent into pit (4-6)
A word meaning horror inside someone who works in a pit
20a Cover in many pieces loony left tackling Labour’s leader (5,5)
An adjective meaning loony followed by a verb meaning left or departed around the initial letter (leader) of L[abour]
22a Shakespearean king, likewise holding on (6)
The name of the King of Naples in Shakespeare’s The Tempest is derived by putting a word meaning likewise or as well around (holding) ON from the clue
26a Be quick to appear fashionable (4,6)
A verb meaning to appear or seem followed by an adjective meaning fashionable
1d Unexpected changes in Virginia –- good sign (8)
The abbreviations for V(irgini)A and G(ood) followed by a sign of the zodiac
2d Wine: quantity upset over trainee (8)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of a three-letter quantity is followed by (over in a down clue) a military trainee
5d Deceptive showman‘s trick on panellist (8)
A three-letter trick or hoax followed by a member of a panel
7d Former partner raised fare to go on American flight (6)
The usual former partner is followed by the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a two-letter verb meaning to fare or progress and finally a two-letter abbreviation for American
16d Green light for doctor entering in this way at Oxford, say (6,2)
One of our usual doctors inside (entering) a word meaning in this way and followed by another usual suspect, a two-letter word meaning at the kind of place of which Oxford is an example (say)
17d Key-operated device Ivy League university rugby player’s used (4,4)
An Ivy League university followed by a rugby player – the “used” seems to be superfluous unless regarded as part of the definition
18d Legless, British before game (6)
B(ritish) followed by a type of gambling game
23d Stay for start of play (4)
A word meaning for followed by the initial letter (start) of P[lay]
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The Quick Crossword pun: brie+flee=briefly