Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28294 (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 Contracted Spanish city girl to provide song (8)
A Spanish city without its final letter (contracted) followed by a colloquial word for a girl
9a Attenborough maybe winkling out little fellow, one barely seen in public (8)
Start with the occupation of someone like (maybe) David Attenborough and drop (winkling out) the shortened version of a man’s name (little fellow)
10a Country steps back too much — it elevates a woman (8)
Some steps that might be found while on a walk in the country followed by the reversal (back) of an abbreviation meaning too much
13a Pop in translated name for country (6)
An anagram (translated) of POP IN followed by N(ame)
20a Capital increasin’ by 100 per cent, it is reported (6)
This capital city sounds like (it is reported) a verb meaning increasing by 100 per cent when the final g is not pronounced
21a Extra pay might make you this? (8)
This anagram () of EXTRA PAY gives something you may become if your total pay exceeds your allowances [Thanks YS – I missed the wordplay again!]
24a Gosh, care when stirring must come first in buttery (6)
A two-letter word meaning gosh preceded by (must come first) an anagram (when stirring) of CARE
26a Condition made by church council withholding zero foreign capital (8)
Start with a church council, drop (withholding) the O (zero) and add a foreign capital city
1d Leader of exodus from East entering Stirling, say (5)
E(east) inside (entering) the surname of, for example (say), a famous person called Stirling
4d Taff’s harmony led rousing anthem (4,2,2,7)
This anagram (rousing) of TAFF’S HARMONY LED gives an appropriate anthem
6d Urban, and more muscular? (5-2)
An adjective that means covered with houses (urban) could also mean more muscular
7d Fashion centre with diamonds in reserve (9)
An anagram (fashion) of CENTRE around (with … in) a three-letter word for diamonds
12d I am to intervene without delay (9)
The shortened form of “I am” followed by a verb meaning to intervene in a dispute
14d Plundering vessel, soldier is supported by the monarch (9)
An ordinary soldier is followed (supported) by the Queen’s royal cipher
19d Book that makes you cross, one clutched by silly clone (7)
The letter shaped like a cross and I (one) inside an anagram (silly) of CLONE
22d Have correspondence at the end? (5)
A loosely cryptic definition, when referring to words, of a verb meaning to be alike (have correspondence) at the end
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The Quick Crossword pun: inns+stir+gram=Instagram