Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28318 (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 Day briefly cloudy reaching the French fortress (5,6)
The abbreviation for D(ay) is followed by an adjective meaning cloudy and the French definite article
10a Once made rum in Utah, for example, during the war (4,4)
An anagram (rum) of ONCE MADE
11a Mark‘s two little boys (6)
This mark is someone who is easily deceived by fraudsters and it’s a charade of two shortened versions (little) of boy’s names
14a Shelved, article on power by one behind leading group (3,3,4)
A three-letter word meaning shelved is followed by the definite article, P(ower) and a playing card with a value of one
16a Relax wearing mate’s fur (10)
A five-letter verb meaning to relax inside Cockney rhyming slang for mate
21a Gold leaf in unusual room, with centre in blue (6)
An anagram (unusual) of ROOM followed by the middle letters (centre) of [b]LU[e]
22a Female, the leading character in rare film (8)
F(emale) and the first letter of the alphabet (leading character) inside an adjective meaning rare or hard to get
26a Trickery of member, dear me, surprisingly elected (11)
A member or limb followed by an anagram (surprisingly) of DEAR ME and a two-letter word meaning elected
1d Weaken in bad wind (levanter) (7)
Hidden inside the clue
3d Street kid‘s shown in newspaper with a bun (10)
A colloquial word for a newspaper followed by the A from the clue and a type of bun
6d Choose artist showing a complex character? (7)
A verb meaning to choose followed by our usual artist gives this classical complex
7d Timepiece — not right upstairs, notice (6,5)
A charade of an adjective meaning “not right upstairs” and a colloquial verb meaning to notice
12d Underground deposit, old — work on it inside (10)
A five-letter adjective meaning old or past its best around a verb meaning to work or operate and IT from the clue
15d Reprimand son, unfriendly in general, at first (8)
A charade of S(on), an adjective meaning unfriendly, IN from the clue and the initial letter (at first) of G[eneral]
17d One with military decoration said to be corrupt (7)
I (one) followed by a military decoration and an adjective meaning said or spoken
23d One cleans vehicle husband’s collected (4)
A vehicle around (collected) H(usband)
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The Quick Crossword pun: glow+bully=globally