Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28312 (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 Clears bed‘s clothes after a loss (5)
This looks difficult until you realise that it’s a double definition – clears a flower bed of unwanted plants and clothes worn by a widow after the loss of her husband
4a Misleadingly articulate girl goes to gallery (8)
A charade of a young girl and a famous art gallery
8a French author’s second risque character (8)
The surname of this French author is followed by the S from ‘S and S(econd)
9a Press for a meeting about war hero admitting nothing (8)
The A from the clue and a meeting, usually where boy meets girl, around the abbreviation of a medal awarded to a war hero, itself around O (Nothing)
15a What a person must do to get into Oxford? Commit a faux pas (3,4,4,2,2)
In Crosswordland Oxford can represent a University, a shirt or, in this case, a shoe
18a Left-winger may take such editing (9)
Split as (3,6) this gives what a left-winger may take
24a Clears of building, getting outside (8)
Not immediately obvious, but a lot easier when you realise you are looking for an anagram (building) of CLEARS OF
26a Was inclined to make fast time covering area (5)
A time of fasting around (covering) A(rea)
1d Someone in church with proper wish to reform (10)
An anagram (to reform) of PROPER WISH
3d Maybe bar contains nuts (8)
I like clues in which the anagram (nuts) involves a single word like CONTAINS
4d The rise of James Anderson (4)
Hidden (of) inside the clue
6d Part of jacket seen on an independent fashion designer (6)
Part of a jacket followed by AN and I(ndependent)
10d Money off record released around November (8)
A record followed by a word meaning released or published around the letter represented in the NATO Phonetic alphabet by November
14d Flask placed in bag at the bottom (10)
Put a famous brand of vacuum flask inside a bag made of open fabric knotted into meshes
16d Rhythm really oddly unspiritual (8)
A rhythm followed by the odd letters of ReAlLy
23d Follow story as told (4)
Sounds like (as told) a story
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The Quick Crossword pun: wind+emir=Windermere