Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28270 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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For reasons beyond my comprehension this website has been under attack over the last few weeks – code was inserted to redirect users to advertising on three separate occasions, twice code was inserted to send out spam emails (but not to those who subscribe to the blog), and a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack was launched against it. I changed the passwords several times, and now everything seems to be back in order with the exception of warnings being issued by Google etc. – they are quick to add a site to their list and very slow at removing it.
One of the consequences of the above was that defensive software, including a firewall, was added to the site. Last night I discovered that an option in one of the new routines was causing comments from registered users, mainly bloggers, who left comments while not logged-in to be subjected to moderation. That should no longer be the case.
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 Flower festival not starting (5)
A religious festival without its initial letter (not starting)
4a I miss putting egg on first — it’s wasteful (8)
The I from the clue and a three-letter word for a miss or young lady preceded by a verb meaning to egg on or urge
11a Rubbish in entrance, it’s enough to take one’s breath away (7)
Put one of the three-letter words meaning rubbish inside an entrance
13a Thief left with fire-raiser, reportedly (9)
L(eft) followed by what sounds like (reportedly) a fire-raiser
15a Cook maybe prospered thus and enjoyed a long life (3,1,4,7)
At the time of writing Alastair Cook is 30 not out and could be on his way to doing this!
21a Square fellow (7)
This fellow gives his name to a London Square
22a Backing bridge partners when one’s in action (8)
Take a pair of bridge partners, use the first one at the start of the answer and insert the other inside ACTION
26a Sound of bird, small, in dry surroundings (5)
An adjective meaning small inside a two-letter abbreviation of meaning dry in the sense of abstaining from alcohol
1d 23 in every respect (10)
A double definition – the first being another word for 23 Down, which is more usually preceded by “in the”
2d Tropical tree supplying river in Devon’s source (8)
A river in Devon is followed by IN and the initial letter (source) of D[evon)
4d Top-class post office shut up (4)
The abbreviation for Post Office followed by an exhortation to shut up or keep quiet
5d Potter in bundle, upset and led astray (6)
This verb meaning to potter is derived from the reversal (upset in a down clue) of a three-letter bundle followed by an anagram (astray) of LED
10d Row right after broadcast — it gets many people up in the air (8)
A four-letter row or file and R(ight) are preceded by a verb meaning to broadcast
14d Match steps required in trial for 10? (4,6)
A match, typically an international cricket or rugby match, followed by a series of steps or stairs
16d TV programme from novel’s supported by actors (8)
A three-letter adjective meaning novel followed by the S from ‘S and a group of actors
19d Note curdled milk on the turn (6)
This banknote is created by reversing (on the turn) some curdled milk
23d One discovered coming from dune? (4)
Discovered here means dis-covered or uncovered, and it’s an anagram (coming from) of DUNE
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The Quick Crossword pun: abs+sow+lute+telly=absolutely