Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28366 (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.
4a Blue feathers thrown (8)
Our usual feathers followed by a verb meaning thrown
10a Military two-step? (3,5)
This could be a military “two-step” but is actually far more aggressive – the question mark indicates that this is a very dodgy clue
11a Go round using permit (6)
A two-letter word meaning using followed by a permit
13a Nothing in temporary accommodation where maiden’s sheltered that’s soothing (8)
O (nothing), IN from the clue and some temporary accommodation around (where … sheltered) M(aiden)
16a Comprehensive brushwork (8)
Two definitions – the second not related to painting!
19a Catch ten wriggling fish (8)
An anagram (wriggling) of TEN followed by a verb meaning to fish
25a Learners in swimming-bath going backwards move along in ungainly style (6)
L(earner) and L(earner) inside the reversal (going backwards) of a swimming-bath
26a Essential to redraw triangle (8)
I like one-word anagrams of a single word – this is the second one today (the first being 12 Across)
1d Where you may end up in stitches in more ways than one (7)
The answer applies to two very different locations – one where the stitches relate to laughing the other where they relate to sutures
2d Contender Frank was a consumer (9)
A six-letter adjective meaning frank followed by a verb meaning was a consumer of food
4d Big boss arranged credit or information on real diversifying (8-7)
An anagram (arranged) of CREDIT OR followed by some information and a further anagram (diversifying) of REAL
5d Beckon over group that’s used in radio transmission (8)
A verb meaning to beckon followed by a group such as a musical group
7d Partner’s issue, being on flight first (7)
Once the definition has been isolated this is quite easy – ON from the clue is preceded by a flight of stairs
15d Global flier (8)
Two definitions – the second is not a bird!
18d Drama, son becoming one of the glamorous idle rich? (7)
A drama performed on the stage followed by a male child
22d No end of good fortune concerning money (5)
Most (no end) of some good fortune followed by a two-letter word meaning concerning or about
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The Quick Crossword pun: antic+quit+tea=antiquity