Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28222 (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.
2a Unofficially it’s where the song that went on too long ended (3,3,6)
A weak cryptic definition of where an overlong song might finish
9a Enjoy sage also (8)
A charade of four-letter verb meaning to enjoy and a four-letter adjective meaning sage or clever
12a Strike leader is a shark (10)
A charade of a six-letter verb meaning to strike with a heavy tool and a leader or chief
13a Going west, is able to cut through Brynner’s Folly (6)
A three-letter verb meaning is able inside actor Brynner’s first name all reversed (going west in an across clue)
17a Sitting room? (6)
Another cryptic definition of – this time it’s of a room in which a model (sitter) could pose for an artist
18a Frisk a few seen as game for a laugh? (10)
This charade, which consists of verb meaning to frisk or caper and a word meaning a few, gives an adjective meaning game for a laugh or playful
24a Show goodwill to be right when devil’s around (8)
BE from the clue followed by a devil around R(ight)
26a Kind of benefit one gets from not working? (12)
Another weak cryptic definition – this time it’s the kind of benefit paid to those who are not working
1d Airman crashes in harbour (6)
An anagram (crashes) of AIRMAN
3d A number in quartet show preference (6)
The A from the clue and a Roman numeral inside the number that make up a quartet
4d Te break! (4-4,7)
The proportion that TE is of the second part of the (4-4) followed by a break gives an all-in-one clue to which the setter has added an exclamation mark to indicate that he thinks it is very clever – do you agree? or did you just suck your teeth like I did as the whole clue does not provide a proper definition
6d Cringe, seeing cowcatcher missing Dolly perhaps (5)
Drop what might be a dolly in cricket from the third word in the clue
7d Collected information to look through again (8)
This collected information could, if split (2-6), mean to look through again
14d Novel on flop hospital department that trades in organs (9)
It’s charade time again – a three-letter words meaning novel, to flop and our usual hospital department gives a shop that sells “organs” or daily publications
16d Not a hard way to get customers? (4,4)
Our final cryptic definition – this time it’s a way of getting customers by using mildly persuasive tactics
22d Loud duck with spirit in marketplace (5)
The musical notation for loud followed by the letter that looks like a score of zero in cricket and an alcoholic spirit
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The Quick Crossword pun: knead+full+lea=needfully