Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28300 (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 Petition therefore within the law (7)
A two-letter word meaning therefore followed by an adjective meaning within the law
5a Lots in detective team coming back with force (7)
Put a word meaning lots inside a team of detectives and reverse (coming back) all of it
11a European caught notorious criminal — one with high self-opinion (3-7)
E(uropean) followed by a three-letter verb meaning caught and the soubriquet be which a notorious criminal was known
14a Old scientist treated English troop (12)
This would-be scientist is an anagram (treated) of ENGLISH TROOP
21a Team triumphed (4)
Two definitions – a team of people, such as those who operate a ship, and a verb meaning triumphed or celebrated
22a Record not so strong I put in denial of responsibility (10)
A four-letter gramophone record followed by an adjective meaning not so strong around (put in) the I from the clue
25a Instruction providing unfavourable information about the City I have to follow (9)
Some unfavourable information around the postcode of the City of London followed by the abbreviated form of “I have”
28a I’m surprised, keeping poems by Tennyson originally in reserve (7)
A two-letter interjection meaning “I’m surprised” around (keeping) some poems and the initial letter (originally) of T[ennyson]
1d He delivers cutting remark about wife with hesitation (6)
A verb meaning to remark around W(ife) and followed by a two-letter hesitation
2d American soldier visiting upset Christmas host (6)
Our usual US soldier inside the reversal (upset in a down clue) of another word for Christmas
4d Lady’s partner married in horse-drawn vehicle (5)
The necessary capitalisation of this dog from a Disney cartoon is disguised by placing it at the beginning of the clue! – the name of her partner is derived by putting M(arried) inside a horse-drawn vehicle
5d Some French fiend and a tragic heroine (9)
The three-letter French word for some followed by a fiend and the A from the clue
8d Naval vessel runs old fighter into shelter built for fliers (8)
R(uns) and a retired military person (old fighter) inside a shelter built for fliers, especially doves
16d Dumps Labrador perhaps (5,3)
This a colloquial word for the kind of depression (dumps) from which Winston Churchill used to suffer could also describe some types (perhaps) of Labrador
23d Elite athlete once running round East (5)
The surname of a former athlete around E(ast)
24d Top marks picked up by expert (4)
M(arks) inside (picked up by) one of our usual experts
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The Quick Crossword pun: pidgin+toad=pigeon-toed