Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28252 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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While Big Dave and most of the gang are away at the big crossword event of this week, the Times Crossword Championships, I’m holding the fort for the next two weekends. Good luck to those taking part including our very own Crypticsue and Verlaine, and our regular Saturday setter Cephas, who has been there in the past and may be there today, and Micawber.
I will be dropping in from time to time today as I have to work, dealing with the energy and communications complaints of most of Great Britain. So I’m trusting you all to behave and play nicely. However, a few of the regulars will be around to keep an eye on things and dispense opening medicine to anyone being naughty, I’m sure. I believe Gazza has a big bottle.
I haven’t done much solving recently for a couple of reasons, so found this quite challenging. I’d guess it wasn’t by Cephas but our Mystery chum.
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 Law passed by House after a complaint put in motion (3,2,10)
An anagram of AFTER A COMPLAINT gives you something put through by HM Government.
10a Information presented systematically in small computer incomplete (5)
The name of a small hand-held computer missing its last letter is where to find data presented in order.
12a One certain knack that’s reduced kind of exercise (9)
The description for a kind of exercise is found by taking a letter meaning one, adding a word for a quantity and also something that means a knack or a ruse, minus its last letter.
14a Shaw comes across old and hollow? (6)
A synonym for a shaw, a wooded area, goes round O for old and gives you something the could be said to have a hollow (and is found twice on a 7” record, for those of an age!)
18a Fat duke excellent in old-fashioned way (8)
A word for an type of fat is found by taking D for Duke and adding an archaic way of saying excellent. Think of ___ Yarns, that starred Michael Palin.
22a Was I not AB at sea? Yes I was (9)
An all-in-one clue, my favourite today. An anagram of WAS I NOT AB gives you a job where someone had to be an ‘A.B.’ to be one!
24a What one may throw and see snaring beast of burden (5)
Inside a short word for look or see goes the name of an animal to give something thrown by a cowboy.
26a Having many weapons thereto met death in action (5,2,3,5)
An expression meaning having lots of weaponry is an anagram of THERETO MET DEATH.
1d Drawn from every part of university left (7)
A wordsum. A word meaning every part of something + U + an expression for left (wing) = a word meaning drawn or attracted.
2d As if Chicken and Rice perhaps should be put on in a lazy way (7)
A description of being chicken or cowardly is found by taking the name of a famous lyricist named Rice and adding a word for in a lazy way.
3d Defence Secretary’s promise holding individuals to resign (4,2,4,5)
The surname of the current Government Secretary of State for Defence and a word meaning promise has something that means inside. Put together, these all give an expression meaning to resign or be forced out of office.
7d Ban thus restricts business expert (7)
The abbreviation for a qualification assocated with business is surrounded by the Latin word for thus or therefore. This gives a type of ban.
8d Over-sentimentality of Electra complex (7)
A slang word for schmaltz or over-sentimentality is an anagram of Electra.
15d Flourish taking healthy food recipe (8)
The name for a type of food that’s good for the bowels is added to another word for a recipe and gives a word meaning to flourish.
17d After time, Swallows and Amazons author almost makes one beam (7)
The name for a type of beam is found by taking the abbreviation for time and adding the surname of the author of the book named in the clue, minus the last letter,
21d What one gets to change the locks (6)
A cryptic definition and one to make you smile to finish. Think of locks in terms of what a coiffeur does!!
I’ll try and add some pics to liven things up later. Now remember, play nicely!
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The Quick Crossword pun: mountie+gnash=mountain ash