Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28258 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Good morning, back for another weekend while the troops are partying like its 1999. The gang is up in York celebrating Elgar’s birthday so here’s hoping they have a great day.
I found this a bit of an odd puzzle with a number of answers going in and I really had no idea how they worked until I sat for a while and thought about it. I’m never sure that’s the sign of a good puzzle.
Do let us know how you felt about the puzzle. I will be at work for part of the morning keeping Ombudsman Services ticking over. I am sure the lovely Crypticsue will be popping in and keeping a watchful eye on things. I’ll see you all tomorrow!
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 Strange saga: flour used in sweet cake (5,4)
The name of a type of cake that looks like bread is found by rearranging SAGA FLOUR.
10a Old-fashioned supporter somewhere in the field (6,3)
The name for a fielding position in cricket is found by taking a word meaning old-fashioned and the type of support for furniture such as a table.
13a Own accommodation in the barracks? (7,8)
A cryptic definition where the whole thing defines it and if you break it up you get a word meaning own, solo or single and the name for accommodation in the armed forces.
18a A special Sunday: convert led through in a perfect state (3-4)
I had never heard of this. An anagram of LED goes inside for the description of something that’s perfect. This gives you the name for a Sunday leading up to Easter.
20a One caught splitting gold, perhaps, being clinical (7)
The number one and C for caught goes inside something of which gold (or silver or bronze) can be a type. This gives a word that refers to a clinic or hospital.
23a Supreme, Diana at home with Italian composer (7)
The surname of the lady who led a 1960’s group takes a short word meaning at home and I (Italian) to give a famous composer.
25a Cathy’s new bloke is a sailor (9)
Rearrange CATHY’S and add a synonym for a bloke to give a type of sailor.
1d Avoid team with pace (8)
Something meaning to avoid is found by taking another word for a team and one for a pace.
2d Writing in a small room, perhaps, I will support German count on attack (8)
This sort of troubled me. Not ure what the definition means. A type of writing is found by taking the German word for a count, adding a type of seizure/attack and I. Crypticsue suggests that if you look up the solution in the dictionary, it is very clear which small room is being referred to!!
5d Four performing four dances in elaborate dress (4-4)
The French phrase for elaborate styles of dress is found by taking an anagram of four and adding another anagram of four.
6d I agree to be present repeatedly on the radio (4,4)
What is yelled in Parliament when someone agrees is a homophone of some thing that means present, taken twice.
8d This strike would pose an empty threat (6)
A cryptic definition for a type of strike which happens when you have an empty tummy.
15d Earnest request to take food through gate (8)
Inside the word for a gate or door goes something that means to take food, leading you to a way of saying to request earnestly.
16d Avoiding reality of mass epic developing (8)
A name in psychology for the art of avoiding reality is an anagram og MASS EPIC.
18d Rodent, cat and farm animal, climbing (6)
A type of rodent is revealed by taking the name for a cat and a type of sheep and reversing each.20d Police force and church welcoming one measuring style (6)
The abbreviation for the London police force and an abbreviation for one of the main church religions with one inside gives you a name for a measuring system.
21d County staff turned up on telly (6)
A word meaning a staff or large stick is reverse on put on the word for a TV. This gives the name of an English county.
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The Quick Crossword pun: Whit+takers+almanacs=Whitaker’s Almanacks