Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28276 (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 Run off with pins and needles for a short time (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to run off is followed by an adjective meaning experiencing the sensation of pins and needles
10a In row, no writer offers penetrating article for the household (3-6)
Inside a four-letter row or layer insert NO from the clue and a writing implement
12a Growth for helping to secure our time on earth (13)
A three-letter word meaning for and a helping around a 4-letter word meaning our time on earth
15a Look close, I will pick up fellow (6)
A verb meaning to close, as in to close a door, and I from the clue around F(ellow)
17a Rubbish let off gas (6)
Some rubbish followed by an anagram (off) of LET gives a verb meaning to gas or chatter
24a Something deep in Iowa, old-style country (9)
A deep chasm followed by IN from the clue and the abbreviation for the US state of I(ow)A
26a What rough seas do to ship (4)
What rough seas do (to a ship) is a charade of TO and our usual ship
27a People out to waylay those not out? (6,4)
A cryptic definition of a group of people who are out on strike and trying to persuade others to join them
1d Carbon will puncture spare tyre in particular (4)
The chemical symbol for Carbon inside (will puncture) a spare tyre (the one that goes around the body not on a car)
2d Round headland, see running fugitive (7)
Around a headland or promontory put an anagram (running) of SEE
3d First piece of opera singer told he must perform? Could be (3,10)
A clever anagram (must perform) of O[pera] SINGER TOLD HE gives something said opera singer might perform
4d Tucking into bananas endlessly, there’s nothing for Frenchman to make healthy bit of food (8)
Start with an adjective meaning bananas or mad, drop the final letter (endlessly) and insert (tucking into) the French word for nothing
7d Church leader needs pollsters to overturn argument (7)
The reversal (to overturn in a down clue) of a polling organisation is followed by an argument
11d Be reluctant to co-operate in obscure piece of drama (4,4,2,3)
This could be a piece of drama that can only be
obtained understood with difficulty
16d Path that can take one to Broadway? (8)
An American word (Broadway is a road in New York) for a path
18d Patterns on textiles being drawn certainly (3-4)
…. Split the answer as (4,3) to unravel the wordplay
23d It’s inherited from Kelly perhaps (4)
Two definitions – the second being the first name of an actor / singer with surname Kelly
The Crossword Club is now open.
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The Quick Crossword pun: history+onyx=histrionics