Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28324 (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 Supporting one of the Beatles in Melbourne’s excellent (7,3)
The adopted first name of one of the Beatles inside an Australian word meaning excellent
9a Knot that requires cold attachment — snag! (5,5)
A charade of C(old), a romantic attachment and a snag
13a Replacement of trouser damaged round top of groin area (9)
An anagram (damaged) of TROUSER around the initial letter (top) of G[roin] and A(rea)
15a Relating to a subject — one that’s generally taught seeing ma’s not around (8)
Start with a subject that’s generally taught in schools and drop (not) MA S from around the outside
20a New York guy’s after kicks in Morecambe, say (8)
The abbreviation for New York and a guy or chap preceded by (after) kicks or pleasure give a word that describes Eric Morecambe
23a Clumsy admiral to set out (9)
The task here is to determine which is the definition and which indicates the anagram of ADMIRAL TO – I’ve done it for you!
28a Peer ahead endlessly (4)
To get the title of this peer of the realm, drop the final letter (endlessly) from an adverb meaning ahead
29a Cockney who’s decorated a line in old capital (6,4)
A and an abbreviation for a train line inside the old name for an Asian capital
1d Promote footballer (4)
3d Drink from America co-eds brewed (3-5,4)
This once-popular drink is seldom seen these days – we used to buy it from a salesman who came round our street every Sunday – it’s an anagram (brewed) of AMERICA CO-EDS
4d Receives help that’s denied (8)
A verb meaning receives followed by some help
7d Rough wind reported threatening ship (7)
Split as (4,3) this pirate ship sounds like (reported) a rough wind
8d Nottingham finally with place in Europe in draw showing Forest’s limitations (6,4)
The final letter of [Nottingha]M and a six-letter European city inside a three-letter word meaning a draw
11d Dish in kitchen where they’re all hoping for a strike (7,5)
A type of dish or basin followed by IN from the clue and a kitchen on board a ship
14d Make smooth run in heritage railway? (10)
R(un) inside what could be a heritage railway (5,4)
21d One’s shaken, not stirred, seeing skill in car (7)
… especially if you are James Bond!
25d The sound of a horse that’s eaten nothing, waiting impatiently (4)
The A from the clue and what the two letters that can represent (sound of) a childish word for a horse around (eaten) O (nothing)
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The Quick Crossword pun: castor+weigh=castaway