Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28240 (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 Doctor’s job forces leader to behave when in charge (7,8)
A leader of armed forces followed by a three-letter verb meaning to behave inside a charge [Thanks Gazza]
10a Expert in road went fast (5)
Easy when you know how – just put an expert inside R(oa)D
11a Good-for-nothing makes Bette lose her head (5)
The surname of the Divine Miss M, but without (lose) her initial M (head)
13a Fortification arranged by having US soldiers coming round working (8)
ARR(anged) – an abbreviation used to show who has arranged a piece of music – inside the usual US soldiers (the ones that were oversexed, overpaid and over here) and followed by the usual two-letter word meaning working
14a Swear summer in Cannes makes you exhausted (6)
A three-letter colloquial verb meaning to swear is followed by the French (in Cannes) for summer
18a American wrestler hiding in one tree or another (8)
The surname of an American wrestler of limited acting talent goes inside one type of tree to get another
25a Dark Blues briefly set off in racing boat (9)
The two-letter abbreviation for the university whose athletes wear dark blue is followed by a verb meaning to set off, as in to set off an explosion rather than to set off on a journey
26a Suffer poverty cultivating hostile farmland (4,2,4,5)
There are not as many anagrams in this puzzle as I first thought, possibly because they are involved in three of the four long answers – this one comes from cultivating HOSTILE FARMLAND
1d Youngster requires energy drink (7)
This young bird is a charade of a two-letter word meaning energy and a gin-based drink
4d Outsider has hot pants the wrong way round (4,4)
Put HOT after, not before (the wrong way round),
a type of underwear trousers [Thanks Jane] a verb meaning pants or desires – thanks J-L [it just goes to show that sometimes you can solve a clue in many different ways]
5d Like newly turfed pitch? Spinning bowler not half needs supporting help (6)
This pitch is one used for playing cricket – the reversal (spinning) of the second half of [bow]LER is followed by some help
7d What some churches use to arouse passion (7)
Nothing to do with structural features, the first of two definitions is something that is used in, for example, Roman Catholic and High Churches
8d Back last runner at ‘Aydock? (7)
Split (3,4) this could describe the last runner in a race, without, as in [H]aydock, its leading letter
16d Detective workers on woman’s side (7)
One of our usual detectives is followed by how workers are known collectively
19d Molten rock goes skywards carrying aluminium alloy in liquid form (7)
The reversal (goes skywards) of a five-letter word for molten rock around the chemical symbol for aluminium
21d Put a stop to glitch so bike keeps up (6)
Hidden (keeps) and reversed (up) inside the clue
The Crossword Club is now open.
Mrs BD and I met up for lunch with Expat Chris and her husband during their recent trip to the UK.
|The House in the Tree, Cheltenham|
|BD & Expat Chris||Expat John, Mrs BD and BD|
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The Quick Crossword pun: moat+aweigh=motorway