Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28342 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Tilsit has asked that all those who are providing clues for the Birthday Jumbo crossword should send them to him by Monday at the latest so we can publish the puzzle next weekend.
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 Swampy tract spoils hot country (9)
A verb meaning spoils followed by H(ot) and a genera word for a country
9a Part of book allowed to be circular (7)
Part of a book followed by a three-letter verb meaning allowed
11a Question about king following English attendant (7)
A question goes around the Latin abbreviation for king and is preceded by (following) E(nglish)
12a Most within range are in the midst of retreat (7)
The ARE from the clue inside a retreat
13a Plant a screw loose (4-2-3-6)
Often seen without the hyphens, this plant can mean crazy
17a It travels round place in sink with an internal twist (7)
This original man-made satellite is derived by putting a verb meaning to place inside SINK with the middle letters reversed (with an internal twist)
24a Stretched most of nether garments (5)
Most of garments worn below the waist
25a It finishes just over 24 hours from tomorrow (9)
A confusing description of the day before the day before tomorrow – yes, I got lost somewhere in the middle as well
1d Married woman’s spite (6)
M(arried) followed by a woman’s name
3d Rope one pulls up? (6)
Two definitions – a type of rope used for leading an animal and someone who pulls up or stops
4d Pretentious, receiving the Queen in this vein? (6)
An adjective meaning pretentious around (receiving) the Queen’s regnal cipher – can this be described as a vein? Is there a doctor in the house?
8d Small amount of money in trust not long ago (8)
A small amount of foreign money inside a verb meaning to trust
13d Humiliation, initially missing a cellar (8)
Drop (missing) the initial letter A from this humiliation
15d Indian perhaps on holiday after money coming in? (8)
An adverb meaning on holiday preceded by the money coming in to a business
19d Frenzied artists in port (6)
An adjective meaning frenzied followed by some of our usual artists give the former name of this Asian port
21d Old agreed on dirty place being in a ferment (6)
An old word meaning agreed or affirmative followed by a dirt place
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The Quick Crossword pun: Rhum+mage+sail=rummage sale