Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28354 (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 Body of water in East Anglia, I hesitate to say, could be clearer (7)
One of several bodies of water in East Anglia followed by a word of hesitation
5a Powerful bishop and pawn on row (7)
A charade of P(awn), ON from the clue and a row or argument
10a Simple goal — mine at home (3-2)
A verb meaning to mine or exploit followed by our usual two-letter word for at home
11a Sample tea, perhaps, a little at a time (9)
A five-letter sample followed by the type of repast of which tea, not the drink, is an example (perhaps)
14a Strain within small company to get capital (5)
A strain or tune inside CO(mpany)
18a Dramatist confronts nits dismissing first character for lack of grit (9)
The surname of a 20th century British dramatist followed by some nits, of the kind often found by the nitty nurse, without (dismissing) their initial letter (first character)
22a Leave carrying early paper celebrating the past (3,3,5,4)
A verb meaning to leave or abandon around an adjective meaning early or ancient and a national newspaper
24a Politician interrupting rises nervously, smiles coyly (7)
Our usual politician inside (interrupting) an anagram (nervously) of RISES
1d Almost get angry touring round English city (7)
Most of a verb meaning to get angry around (touring) the round letter
2d Elated, as Hillary once was? (2,3,2,3,5)
This Hillary is Sir Edmund, the New Zealand mountaineer!
4d Go over, touching ceiling (5)
A two-letter prefix meaning touching or about followed by a ceiling of upper limit
5d Soldier on exercises runs hard (9)
Some exercises followed by R(uns) and an adjective meaning hard
8d Sloshed, I initially fell over in opera (7)
An adjective meaning sloshed or drunk, I from the clue and the initial letter of F[ell], all reversed (over in a down clue)
14d Mo changes exotic Chinese dress (6-3)
An anagram (exotic) of MO CHANGES
15d Fortune endlessly provided, put on the Queen and deuce (7)
The first three of the four letters (endlessly) of a word meaning fortune followed by the usual two-letter word meaning provided and the Queen’s regnal cipher
20d Awards for TV programmes, some of them mystifying (5)
Hidden (some of) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: Figaro+fate=figure of eight (or figure of hate)