Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28234 (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 One noted for stubborn tenacity making target with almighty backing (7)
A target, or more accurately the centre of one, followed by the reversal (backing) of The Almighty
9a Frolicking inside college in outskirts of Swindon? Best say nothing (7,2,6)
An anagram (frolicking) of INSIDE COLLEGE inside the outer letters (outskirts) of S[windo]N gives a saying that suggests that often the best thing to say is nothing – advice that the person who complained about the time that this blog was posted (in a comment that I deleted) could well take
11a Of high quality, prize trophy goes west (3-6)
The reversal (goes west in an across clue) of words meaning a prize (6) and a trophy (3) – there is a page on palindromes and semordnilaps here; they are worth remembering when solving clues like this one.
15a One who sells tins, rye and soda? (5)
The tradesman whose wares might include any or all of these
16a Dismissed in style? Say what you’re thinking (3,4,2)
A three-letter word meaning dismissed in cricket followed by a phrase meaning in style (4,2)
18a Aims often set out in this (9)
One of the better all-in-one clues in which an anagram (set out) of AIMS OFTEN is described by the whole clue
22a Medical condition of an old king — a version inaccurately advanced (8,7)
AN from the clue, O(ld) and the Latin for king are followed by an anagram (inaccurately) of A VERSION and A(dvanced)
24a Greek character reportedly regarded as drunk (3-4)
What sounds like a Greek character is followed by a four-letter verb meaning regarded or watched
1d Kiss before drug, keeling over in roadside shelter? (3,4)
four-letter word for a kiss followed by the reversal (keeling over) of a drug
2d Scottish pop diva’s footballer being dragged along on new song (5,4,2,4)
A Scottish pop singer, the S from ‘S and a footballer are followed by a phrase meaning being dragged along (2,3) and N(ew)
5d Airman up for trial? (4,5)
This airman tries out aircraft while up in the air
7d Fail school subject — but be remembered (2,4,2,7)
This could mean to fail a particular school subject
8d Climber needs to catch up on correct procedure, mostly (7)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a three-letter verb meaning to catch is followed by most of a word meaning correct procedure or routine
14d Damage that is seen after child runs off vessel used by cook (4-5)
A three-letter verb meaning to damage and the Latin abbreviation for “that is” are preceded by a word for a child from which the R(uns) has been dropped (off)
17d Pot if tense? Head of agency drank bubbly (7)
T(ense) and the initial letter (head) of A[gency] followed by an anagram (bubbly) of DRANK
20d Admit academic robe’s no good at university (3,2)
Drop the G(ood) from an academic robe and add the usual word for at university
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