Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28210 (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.
7a Accept members ready to fight (4,4)
A word meaning to accept followed by some members or body parts
12a Examination site where those with correct papers may pass (10)
An examination followed by a site or location
14a Greek character‘s ten cheers (4)
The pair of letters that look like ten as a number followed by a word meaning cheers or much obliged
15a Enforce efficiency as captain with a drunken crew? (3,1,5,4)
This phrase could mean to be a captain with a drunken crew
18a Engineer appeals about barrier, wobbly thing in pipe below head (5,5)
An anagram (engineer) of APPEALS around a barrier in a river – is this one of the worst definitions to ever appear in a crossword?
20a Prince in story‘s chapter causing damage (8)
C(hapter) followed by a verb meaning causing damage
21a That man should avoid the rough depression (6)
Drop (avoid) the pronoun meaning “that man” from T[HE] and add ROUGH
23a More vulgar-sounding shopkeeper (6)
Sounds like an adjective meaning more vulgar
Remember this one?
24a Vehicle to bring back horse beyond marsh (8)
The TO from the clue followed by the reversal (bring back) of a colloquial word for a horse which is preceded by a marsh
1d Blue language? (6)
A type of cheese that is also a language, both from the same country
2d Assist young dog to get a trim on top (4)
Start with a young dog then drop (trim) its initial letter (top)
3d Crazy person taking one drug after another (8)
Combine colloquial word for cocaine and marijuana
Not a hint, but especially for LROK!
5d Church high-up‘s cold, seeking accommodation in parish with hob for cooking (10)
C(old) inside (seeking accommodation in) an anagram (for cooking) of PARISH with HOB
6d Salary cap — one’s on the bottle! (5-3)
A slang word for salary or income followed by a cap
15d Farmer hurried around, brave fellow (8)
A three-letter verb meaning hurried followed by the single-letter Latin abbreviation for around or about and a brave fellow
18d Birds roost here through sitting under a railway (6)
A three-letter word meaning through preceded by (sitting under in a down clue) the A from the clue and followed by the abbreviation for R(ailwa)Y
22d Bess’s partner lacking power in party (4)
Start with Bess’s partner in the Gershwin opera then drop the P(ower)
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to brighten up a dull puzzle with my favourite version of a song from the opera:
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The Quick Crossword pun: mote+away=motorway