Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28372 (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 Cheat told conundrums changing ends around (7)
Start with a verb meaning told conundrums and swap the first and last letters (changing ends around)
5a Wreckage in half of Family Fortunes (7)
Start with the first half of FAM[ily] and insert fortunes or fates
12a Historic vessel takes PM to river (9)
The surname of our cuurent Prime Minister followed by a generic word frequently used in Crosswordland to define a river
14a Stepped on it going round kitchen, finally getting fork out (5)
A verb meaning stepped on it around the final letter of [kitche]N
16a Drill cuts out round emergency room (9)
A verb meaning cuts out around the abbreviation for Emergency Room
18a Artist‘s distinctive design described by strange term (9)
A distinctive design inside (described by) an anagram (strange) of TERM
22a County formerly seeking teachers’ charter (15)
This historic county is a charade of a verb meaning seeking, a teacher, the S from ‘S and a verb meaning to charter
24a Talk about southern herb (7)
A verb meaning to talk around S(outhern)
1d Art style with strange decency (7)
A four-letter art style is followed by an adjective meaning strange
2d Footballer gets millions for nothing having letter, we hear, to go on old quiz show (6,4,5)
Start with the surname of an overrated overpaid footballer, insert M(illions) instead of the first occurrence of O (nothing) then precede it by what sounds like a letter of the alphabet
3d Improvement towards the end in heading for one side (9)
Split as (4,5) this is an improvement, typically after a long illness
5d Poetic style produces great excitement round about Home Counties (4,5)
Put some great excitement around a two-letter word meaning about then add the area of England where the Home Counties are found
6d Place for refreshment that’s ordinary in its present state (5)
O(rdinary) followed by a phrase meaning in its present state (2,2)
8d Half-hearted wife journalist treated badly (7)
Drop either of the middle letters (half-hearted) of a colloquial word for a wife then add out usual journalist
17d Flats etc providing pleasant views (7)
These flats can be found in a theatre
20d Group of soldiers has bad time in revolution (5)
An adjective meaning bad and T(ime) all reversed (in revolution)
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The Quick Crossword pun: haughty+cult+ewers=horticultures