Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28378 (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 Almost all of Georgian city is imposing (6)
Most of a city in the US state of Georgia – which is in the news for four days every year
4a Italian with list reflected by silver stirrer (8)
IT(alian) and the reversal (reflected) of a list all preceded by the chemical symbol for silver
11a Moor that is in place seen heading west (3,2)
This phrasal verb meaning to moor a boat is derived by putting the Latin abbreviation for “that is” inside the reversal (heading west in an across clue) of a verb meaning to place
13a Puzzle of indefinite number on bonus (7)
This verb meaning to puzzle comes from a charade of the letter that represents an indefinite number, ON from the clue and a bonus
15a South American writers first to evoke what Hitchcock wanted? (8)
A charade of S(outh), an abbreviation for American, some writing implements and the initial letter of (first to) E[voke]
18a Just released, with nitrogen in mixture (5-3)
A three-letter word meaning with and the chemical symbol for nitrogen inside a mixture
26a Short row about winning flower (5)
Most of a row around a two-letter word meaning winning
29a Poems about small area in old grain port (6)
Put some poems around S(mall) and then add A(rea)
1d Gangster, unaccompanied, carrying detonator (2,6)
An adjective meaning unaccompanied around (carrying) a type of detonator
2d Stops burning leaves (4,3)
Two definitions – the second being a verb meaning leaves the house
3d ‘Boy’s Own’ dropping Western writer from Scotland (9)
A boy’s name followed by O[W]N without (dropping) the W(estern)
6d Something that flits up and down, a new moon (5)
A palindromic bird is followed by the A from the clue and N(ew)
7d Order is about right support for climbers (7)
A four-letter verb meaning to order and IS from the clue around R(ight) – these climbers are plants
17d Awful delays restricting team? Reading affected by this (8)
An anagram (awful) of DELAYS around (restricting) the Roman numerals for the number in a cricket or football team
21d Sheds original bit of light on teas prepared (4-3)
These sheds are constructed from the initial letter (original bit) of L[ight] followed by an anagram (prepared) of ON TEAS
24d Jack in girl, trained assassin (5)
J(ack) inside a girl’s name
The Crossword Club is now open. Back on familiar territory today with a puzzle littered with old chestnuts.
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The Quick Crossword pun: purr+sway+shun=persuasion