Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28264 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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I’m sure that most of you are aware by now that the site has been unavailable for most of the day. Smarthosting have been very helpful and installed a firewall to fight off what one of their support staff described as “a massive inbound attack”.
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 Rather dull people — time to give some flattery? (12)
An adjective meaning rather dull followed by some people and T(ime)
9a Sort of contract for sirloin or rib-eye perhaps (2-5)
This contract is one for bridge players – split as (3,4) it could define a cut of meat like sirloin or rib-eye
13a Bank provides accommodation for $1,000 animal (5)
A bank or row around (provides accommodation for) the letter that indicates $1,000
14a Angus brought back esoteric sweet stuff (5,4)
The reversal (brought back) of the three-letter affection name for someone called Angus is followed by an adjective meaning esoteric
19a Mexican ready to assemble posse (5)
… ready here is money!
21a French cop in international force (7)
This slang word for a French cop is in Chambers – put him inside INT(ernational)
23a Shame on you getting stuck into booze more like Botham? (7)
An archaic three-letter word meaning “shame on you” inside some booze – to understand this one you need to know Ian Botham’s nickname!
26a By implication, fat royal without consideration (12)
Split as (6,6) this could mean fat (in a negative sort of way) followed by an adjective meaning royal
1d In cricket club, Bell’s sound (7)
This cricketing term comes from a charade of a club-like cricket accessory followed by the sound made by a bell
4d Scrap and run in Slough (5)
R(un) inside a verb meaning to slough or remove
6d Peace vehicle impounded in Iran unfortunately (7)
A commercial vehicle inside an anagram (unfortunately) of IRAN
7d Men on board captain’s place on ship — posh area (13)
Some chessmen are followed by where the captain of a ship is usually to be found to give a posh area of London
8d Thus nerd in crash with traffic staggered (13)
An anagram (in crash) of THUS NERD is followed by traffic or dealings to give an adjective, not a verb, meaning staggered
15d US soldier captures a coarse Italian revolutionary (9)
Our usual US soldier goes around the A from the clue and an adjective meaning coarse or rude
18d Inscription around grave — a record before death finally (7)
Around a grave, typically one for many bodies, and the A from the clue put a an old-fashioned 4-track record then add the final letter of [deat]H
22d Maybe book of film that is in the can (3-2)
The Latin abbreviation for “that is” inside a can
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The Quick Crossword pun: pollen+easier=Polynesia