Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28246 (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 Producing great strides — and forcing giants to wear small pairs! (6,8)
A verb meaning forcing is followed by some giants inside the abbreviated form (small) of P(ai)RS
9a Growing one is illegal, but many of us grow more than one (3,5)
This could be something that is grown to produce an illegal drug, but it is normally something that is grown to produce something much more innocuous
12a Take hold of feline companion (5)
A feline followed by a Companion of Honour
14a One’s always right in store (8)
This person is proverbially always right when shopping in a store
19a Such prospects show one’s in the pink (4)
This word meaning of a pinkish colour can precede prospects to show that one is “in the pink”
23a American entering valley to gather corn? (5)
Put A(merican) inside (entering) a narrow valley
25a Float I and be capsized aboard rescue craft (8)
An anagram (made to burst) of FLOAT I around (aboard) the reversal (capsized) of BE
27a Food that could be said to produce a curiously lasting feline smile? (8,6)
A type of cat (feline), famous for its smile in a well-known children’s book, is followed by what might be said to make said cat smile for a photograph
1d Female diplomat to get on first cruise (6,6)
A four-letter female is followed by a diplomat and a verb meaning to get on in years – if your female has six letters you might find difficulty parsing the rest of the wordplay!
2d Continue to have loud rumpy-pumpy exercises (4,3)
A verb meaning to continue to have is followed by the musical notation for loud and the two-letter word meaning rumpy-pumpy
4d Concerned with digestion? Go getting nervous reaction (6)
Go or energy followed by a nervous reaction
10d Sweet wine, not very much (6,6)
This dessert is derived from a fortified wine followed by a small amount
15d Titled woman, 50, dropped by many (8)
The Roman numeral for 50 is dropped from a word meaning many
18d Grand king looks down on the old getting sent up, his bent being rather gloomy (7)
G(rand) and the single-letter Latin abbreviation for king are followed by (look down on) the reversal (getting sent up) of an old word for “the” and an anagram (bent) of HIS
20d Sketch route for getaway? (7)
Split as (3,4) this could be a route for a getaway
22d Distance member goes round north — this is to be cut (6)
A member or limb goes around N(orth) and is followed by TH[is] from which the IS has been dropped (to be cut)
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The Quick Crossword pun: para+norm+mall=paranormal