Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28282 (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.
7a Published letters in remote military camp (7)
A charade of a three-letter word meaning published and some letters
9a Surface area of a prison about to be included (7)
The A from the clue and a prison around (to be included) a two-letter word meaning about
11a Male in lengthy run in opera (9)
The male pronoun inside an adjective meaning lengthy is followed by R(un) and IN
12a Doctor phoning later about boy — don’t take offence (7,8)
An anagram (doctor) of phoning later around a boy
16a Organ only faulty near the start (5,2)
An organ of the body followed by an anagram (faulty) of ONLY
23a Make a mistake confronting it in Conservative area (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to make a mistake and IT inside a conservative
24a End of the opening contest (5)
The final letter (end) of [th]E followed by an opening
26a Expert, holding tight, pulled back trigger (7)
A three-letter expert around (holding) the reversal (pulled back) of an adjective meaning tight
1d Shorts currently in demand with power workers (3,5)
An adjective meaning currently in demand followed by P(ower) and some six-legged workers
3d Prison camp, male only, holding the French (6)
An adjective meaning male only, in the same way that hen means female only, around the French feminine definite article
4d Founder of order, one’s withdrawn Swiss currency (6)
Start with the name of the founder of an order of mendicant friars and drop (withdrawn) the I (one)
8d Unexpected development for Dickens character (5)
Two definitions – the second being the surname of the eponymous character in a famous novel by Charles Dickens
17d Poet rude to sister (8)
An anagram (rude) of TO SISTER
18d Talk idly, accepting award? It’s not important (2,6)
A verb meaning to talk idly around (accepting) a two-letter award for eminence in any field
20d Farm animal provided that in here somehow (6)
A two-letter word meaning provided that inside an anagram (somehow) of HERE
22d Musical drama depicted by mostly well-known artist (5)
Most of an adjective meaning well-known or public followed by our usual artist
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be at the Village Café and Market until lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: weal+write=wheelwright