Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28204 (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 Followers of star, K Hepburn’s partner — they’re trying people (10)
Those who followed a star all the way to Bethlehem are followed by the initial and surname of Katherine Hepburn’s partner (both on and off screen)
10a Black bird in wood (4)
B(lack) followed by a bird gives a wood, a wooden ball used in a game
12a Rudest officer commanding ruler, a brainy type (12)
An adjective meaning rudest or most pornographic followed by the abbreviation for Officer Commanding and a ruler
15a James goes after port and Spanish wines (6)
A three-letter shortened form of James (not you Jim!) follows a South American port
16a Determined that chap will be joining conservationists (4-4)
That chap will (2’2) followed by BE from the clue and our usual conservationists
18a Put night out on Facebook, perhaps, and mark for attention later (8)
Split as (4,4) this could mean to announce (put) a night out or assignation on Facebook or other online site, which is why it says perhaps
19a A quick look round hospital — refuse to go in it (3-3)
The A from the clue and a quick look go around H(ospital) to get a receptacle for rubbish
27a Old Middle Eastern country’s lacking a shelter for carrying on (10)
Start with the former (old) name of a Middle Eastern country and the S from ‘S, drop (lacking) the A and finally add a temporary shelter
1d Make fun of topless dress (4)
Drop the initial letter (topless) from a dress
3d Manager sacked as clearly mad (3,9)
The name of the current England football manager, the latest in a long line of no-hopers, is an anagram (sacked) of AS CLEARLY MAD
4d Nasty chap makes Del Boy lose his head (6)
Our second consecutive UK-centric clue – drop the initial letter (loses head) from the surname of Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses
Was this really twenty years ago – it seems like yesterday?
5d Messenger taking time for a hanger-on (8)
A messenger around (taking) T(ime) gives someone who is a hanger-on in royal circles
8d Revelling in making it dark apparently (10)
Split as (2-8) this could (apparently) mean making it dark
11d Book as place for cakes and teas is chaotic (12)
This book of the bible is derived from a place famous for its small cakes filled with raisins, currants, etc. followed by an anagram (chaotic) of TEAS IS
14d Plot with prisoners making illegal copies (10)
Some of our usual prisoners followed by the act of making illegal copies of recorded media
20d Makes obscure university dons bumpkins (6)
U(niversity) inside (dons) some bumpkins
23d Attend club (4)
Split as (2,2) this can mean to attend
The Crossword Club is now open. Although it’s the last Saturday in the month, there’s no Café and Market today – we have the Annual Village show instead.
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The Quick Crossword pun: perry+green+Asian=peregrination