Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28348 (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. I’ll try to add some pictures later [now added BD], but it’s a busy day at BD Towers as it is Mrs BD’s birthday.
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 Ruin atmosphere getting upset (4)
The reversal (getting upset, more usually a down-clue construct) of an atmosphere or tone
8a Hear what slurring soprano did in Asian city (8)
Split as (5,3), this Asian city sounds like what a slurring soprano did
11a Creature needing place to sleep over with utility (8)
A place to sleep, usually for a number of people, followed by O(ver) and utility or value
13a & 25a Novel theory of retirement after working (4,4,2,8)
An anagram (after working) of THEORY OF RETIREMENT
14a Garden tool used around yard by northern tomboy (6)
Put a garden tool around Y(ar)D and add N(orthern)
23a Again charge football official with evil (6)
This verb meaning to put something in again is a charade of a three-letter football official and a word meaning evil
24a Provoke trouble with vocal quartet in a comedy item (3,3,2)
What sounds like (vocal) the number in a quartet inside the A from the clue and a comedy item
25a See 13 Across
26a Antelope’s short dash (4)
Drop the final letter from an antelope
1d Sweet daughter is first to perplex (9)
A sugar-coated sweet preceded by D(aughter) IS
2d Comfortingly met distressed star of 13, 25 (10,5)
I had forgotten that this star was in said film – he’s an anagram (distressed) of COMFORTINGLY MET – along with Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra
4d Rod‘s back, entertaining 550 (7)
The back of a book around the Roman numerals for 550
5d Top person working in parade (7)
A two-letter word meaning working inside a parade or demo
6d Internet nuisance trapped by honeypot — an undoing for novelist (7,8)
An internet nuisance inside (trapped by) an anagram (undoing) of HONEYPOT AN
15d May is here — figure to catch up (6,3)
Where you will often find Prime Minister May is derived from a figure followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of a verb meaning to catch
19d Asian person and English briefly visiting island (7)
ENG(lish) briefly inside (visiting) an Indonesian island
21d Swagger in bar (5)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to swagger and a bar or rod
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The Quick Crossword pun: knights+cool=night school