Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28288 (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 Boycott? Ought to put in cooler! (4-8)
This item should be put in the cooler to make it like this Put a word meaning ought inside a adjective meaning cooler [Thanks Gazza]
9a Manage love poetry before ‘East is East’ (7)
O (love) followed by some poetry and the final (East in an across clue) letter of the answer is E(ast) – or perhaps put E(ast) before the (final) E(ast) [Thanks to Gazza and Margaret]
10a Boat the French folk rock, Fifties-style (7)
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11a Bank admits blunder getting part-timer in Services (7)
A bank around (admits) a blunder gives this a colloquial word for a part-time serviceman
12a People admired those at the bottom of the table (7)
Split these people who are admired as (3,4) to ket what you might find at the bottom of a table
14a Old partner criticises one about getting fatter (9)
The usual former (old) partners is followed by a verb meaning criticises, I (one) and a word meaning about
21a Beat material (7)
Two definitions – beat or defeated and a type of material or cloth
25a A number, unspecified, work round hospital, bustling place (3-4)
The A from the clue, our usual indefinite (unspecified) number and a verb meaning to work in a field around H(ospital)
26a Command to infiltrate alien terrains in the realm of Star Trek (12)
A verb meaning to command or order inside (to infiltrate) an anagram (alien) of TERRAINS
1d European visiting revolutionary for so long (7)
E(uropean) between (visiting) our usual revolutionary and a South American city
2d Novelist giving thanks for opening book being ignored (7)
To get the surname of this Nobel prize-winning novelist, start with a verb meaning giving thanks for and drop the initial (opening) B(ook)
5d Arriving by jet leaving France, being lazy (5,2)
Start with a phrasal verb meaning arriving by jet, or any other aeroplane, and drop the IVR code for France
7d Bear with Barker — Corbett had a hand in this popular duo (5,3,5)
Both Harry Corbett and his son Matthew have had a hand inside each of this famous duo of glove puppets
8d Hold chap directed over a national leader (6,7)
A wrestling hold is followed by a chap, the reversal (over) of a three-letter verb meaning directed and the A from the clue
18d Lace drink? You’ll need hospital department first (7)
An alcoholic drink is preceded by (you’ll need … first) our usual hospital department
20d More substantial area covered by what one’s good at (7)
A(rea) inside (covered by) what one is good at or specially skilled – if you don’t know the last part try guessing the answer, dropping the A(rea) and looking up what remains in the BRB (yes, I do mean you Brian!)
22d Speech must be given with no notice, in costume (5)
Drop (must be given with no) the AD (notice) from a speech
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