Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28228 (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 Tune librarian composed that’s played at the Proms (4,9)
An anagram (composed) of TUNE LIBRARIAN gives something that’s played at the Last Night of the Proms [and, rather spookily, on Classic FM as I am writing this!]
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9a Criminal’s touching screenplay — one’s impressed (9)
A charade of a three-letter criminal next to (touching) a screenplay – this meaning of impressed is forced into service or pressganged
10a Rogue that’s shunned in football club (5)
Start with a rogue and then drop (that’s shunned) IN to get the name by which this football club is known
11a What may be dummy run, not hard to go round (5)
To get one of the four bridge players who may be the dummy start with R(un) and put NOT H(ard) around it
17a You and I beset by noxious gas put in office (5,2)
The subjective pronoun for you and I inside (beset by) a noxious gas
18a What you do with holy books having resources (7)
What you do with this puzzle followed by one of the two parts of the Christian bible
22a Very small container with unknown quantity (4)
A container followed by a mathematical unknown
28a Writer on crime‘s done paralegal working (5,5,3)
An anagram (working) of DONE PARALEGAL
1d Casing from time arts flourished receiving study (14)
Here casing is a verb, as in “casing the joint” – put a time that The Arts flourished in Europe around (receiving) a three-letter verb meaning to study – what on earth does the surface reading mean?
2d Left aboard Queen Elizabeth or similar (5)
L(eft) followed by a preposition meaning aboard and Queen Elizabeth’s regnal cipher gives a word for the Queen Elizabeth, or a similar ship
3d Sweetener producing stroke on US medical drama (4-6)
A tennis stroke followed by a two-letter US medical drama
5d Miss performing Hair following a cold (7)
This female performer comes from a long lock of hair preceded by (following) the A from the clue and C(old)
7d Where in the West End you can get luxury goods for free (2,7)
You can get luxury goods when you are in this shop in Regent Street
16d Sideline a team that’s secured draw (9)
Cleverly hidden (that’s secured) inside the clue
20d Official’s providing prime minister with test (7)
Note that the definition includes the possessive apostrophe – the surname of our current prime minister (a construct that I’m sure we will see again) followed by a spoken test
25d Pray to circumvent river hazard when sailing (4)
A three-letter verb meaning to pray around (to circumvent) R(iver)
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back at lunchtime after my monthly trip to the Village Café and Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: spectre+culls=spectacles