Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28216 (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 In which a stretch is more comfortable? (4,6)
A cryptic definition of a place in which serving a “stretch” is possibly more comfortable than it would be elsewhere
6a Sturgeon, say, starts to seem costly over trout (4)
Yet another fishy-sounding person whose nationality is spelt out by the initial letters (starts) of four words in the clue
10a Classic writer in front of regime (5)
A four-letter word meaning in followed by the initial letter (front) of R[egime]
13a Promoting disorder not originally an issue (7)
A word meaning promoting disorder without (not) its initial letter (originally)
14a Bad-tempered worker beset by ulcer, old American (12)
A worker insect inside (beset by) an ulcer and followed by O(ld) and the two-letter abbreviation for American
18a Inappropriately teach dance intro? It needs revision (12)
An anagram (needs revision) of DANCE INTRO IT
21a Groups in dramatic seating areas (7)
Two definitions – the second being a seating area in a theatre
27a Brave about terrible dropping temperature (10)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for about followed by an adjective meaning terrible from the inside of which the T(emperature) has been dropped
1d Delayed like a frustrated caller? (2,4)
Two definitions – the second being a situation in which we have all found ourselves at some time or other
2d Catch music publication in English county lacking passion (6)
A well-known music publication is sandwiched between E(nglish) and a word for a county from which a three-letter word meaning passion has been dropped
4d Policeman favoured parking within division (9)
A two-letter word meaning favoured or popular followed by P(arking) inside a division
Especially for Kath!
7d Soldiers must support recognition one’s responsible for advance (8)
Some non-commissioned soldiers support (follow in a down clue) a word meaning recognition – the advance is a loan of money
15d Party that won’t drag? (3-6)
A cryptic definition of a party or person who doesn’t “drag” on a cigarette
16d Conclusions reached when Americans give address? (3,5)
A cryptic definition of the parts of addresses in the USA that go at the end
17d Current lawyer wasted years supposedly (1,4,3)
The symbol for electric current followed by a (US) lawyer and an anagram (wasted) of YEARS
22d Rogue has stunning hit showing military headwear (5)
An anagram (rogue) of HAS followed by a stunning hit in boxing
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The Quick Crossword pun: knew+ditty=nudity