Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28360 (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 Reach route through mountains — result! (4,2,4)
A phrasal verb meaning to reach followed by a route through mountains
6a Eats fast food item around one third off (4)
Eats here is a noun – reverse (around) the first four letters (one third off) of a six-letter item of fast food
9a Lucky shape: clubs logo’s origin on next page (10)
C(lubs) followed by the initial letter (origin) of L[ogo] and a word meaning on the next page
15a Person playing is taken in by android that won’t start (6)
Put IS from the clue inside a five-letter android without its initial letter (won’t start)
16a Women I am with get very hot outside in beach clothes (8)
W(omen), the abbreviated form of I am and W(ith) inside an adjective meaning very hot
19a Agreement with current line (6)
A type of current or electricity followed by a line
25a Another case concerning money running short before end of voyage (10)
A two-letter word meaning concerning followed by most of (running short) and the final letter (end) of [voyag]E
27a Make bloomer over biscuit (6,4)
A make or type followed by the reversal (over) of a flower (bloomer)
1d Bird found in pile of hay (4)
Two definitions – the first being a male bird
3d Leader of excavation in ancient city, keen to break out spades as just what’s needed (3,4,5)
The initial letter (leader) of E[xcavation] inside an ancient city then follow it with an anagram (to break out) of KEEN and S(pades)
4d China leased equipment used in warehouse (6)
A china or mate followed by a verb meaning leased
5d Birds make disturbance in yards (8)
Put a three-letter disturbance inside some yards or masts
8d Rail links globe endlessly with American business (10)
Most of (endlessly) a four-letter globe followed by a two-letter abbreviation for American and business
13d Handy place where nuns stay around eastern Ulster (10)
Put the place where nuns stay around E(astern) and a part of the UK often incorrectly referred to as Ulster (see The Pedant’s Guide)
14d Do like everyone else and take interest in court case (6,4)
A verb meaning to take an interest in followed by a court case
Published on Monday, 27th February:
Prize Cryptic 28360 correction
20d should read “Criticise one politician over international body that’s holding good (6)” Apologies
Criticise is the definition, I (one) is followed by our usual politician and an international body, the latter around (holding) G(ood)
23d Look up and down (4)
A palindromic (up and down) look – get the checking letters and you can work out the rest
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll add some pictures when I get back from the village café and market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: quays+stone+copse=Keystone Cops