Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28330 (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 Man in female costume (4)
This man’s name is hidden (in) inside the clue
9a Spring fuss? That’s rich! (4-2-2)
A spring or water source followed by a fuss
12a Church painter, one who hoped to reform (8)
CH(urch) followed by a painter
16a Tailless animal seen in colonnade (4)
Drop the final letter (tailless) from an animal
19a Officer locks maiden in jail (8)
Some locks or tresses and M(aiden) inside a colloquial word for a jail
21a Smooth, in a manner of speaking (8)
A gently cryptic definition of an adjective meaning having a smooth manner of speaking
22a Long-winded argument in favour by learner, not quite ten (6)
A three-letter word meaning in favour followed by L(earner) and the Roman numeral for a number that is not quite ten
23a Stoned yet teetotal, getting wrecked on the beach, perhaps (4,3,3)
An adjective meaning stoned on drugs with one meaning teetotal
24a We hear someone complaining she often arrives before Lisa (4)
This girl sounds like (we hear) someone who is complaining
1d Member with silver is able to set up drink (8)
A limb (member) followed by the chemical symbol for silver and the reversal (set up in a down clue) of a verb meaning “is able to”
2d Hard top of vehicle put on rapidly (8)
A charade of a vehicle and an adverb meaning rapidly
5d Kind of action outside trade organisation. Jaguar, maybe? (7)
This unofficial (outside trade organisation) action could (perhaps) describe a jaguar (the animal not the vehicle)
13d One of seven little chaps with make-up on, cheerfully reckless (4-5)
A colloquial word for make-up followed by (on in a down clue) one of the seven little chaps from the fairy tale
15d A desire to follow career, or beat it (3,5)
A and a verb meaning to desire preceded by (to follow) a verb meaning to career or race
17d An old king with uplifting first-class medical condition (8)
The AN from the clue, O(ld) and the Latin word for king followed by the reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of “first class”
18d Recipe for mum including bulb topped and tailed (7)
FOR and a word meaning mum or mother around (including) the middle letters (topped and tailed) of [b]UL[b]
19d Reportedly vet is one from a European republic (5)
Sounds like (reportedly) a verb meaning to vet
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The Quick Crossword pun: verging+Maori=Virgin Mary