Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28384 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all, BD is off being lead negotiator at the Hanley in Swan Brexit negotiations, so I have stepped into the breach to keep an eye on today’s goings-on.
I rather suspect we have a visit today from the Mysteron with a puzzle that I really enjoyed (2.5* &4*). I suspect some of the traditionalists may find it not to their liking, but it’s rather amusing with a few topical references and neologisms scattered around. There are also a fair few anagrams around, and I have ignored most of the longer clues that feature anagrams. There’s also one rather poignant topical clue at 1 across which should become apparent.
Thank you to our Mysterious Setter for a very pleasant solve that was not too taxing.
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. Even the Quickie Pun today is somewhat topical!
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Detective novel as modern oeuvre (9,5)
We start with a rather poignant clue. You are looking for the name of a fictional detective whose creator was in the news earlier this week. His full name as revealed in the book and episode of Death Is Now My Neighbour is an anagram of AS MODERN OEUVRE.
10a Trait — unusual trait shown by Scottish isle (9)
This is a word meaning a trait or quality. Unusual indicated you should rejig the letters of trait and add the name of an island in Scotland.
13a Football team, colourless, switching pair at the back (6)
The name for a football team, a suffix used by three English and one Scottish, plus a Scottish team that uses it as a first name, is revealed by taking a word that means colourless (think humans and rabbits especially) and switching the last two letters around. Quick quiz – can you name the five clubs? Answers below!
18a Bachelor engaged in playing golf endlessly, working intermittently (2,3,5)
If you are like Gnomethang and are enjoying a good walk spoilt on a seaside course, you are here. Remove the last letter and insert B (bachelor) and you get a phrase that means something working intermittently, like an old TV set, or Gnomethang!
20a Emperor Haile Selassie’s follower mostly rejected (4)
A word for an emperor or ruler is found by taking the name for a follower of Haile Selassie (the short form) and losing the last letter. Reverse that lot and you’ll see a foreign ruler.
22a & 23a Former sprinter tailed after body found in Cambridge college (6,7)
Stretching across two entries, the name of a famous college at Cambridge is found by taking the Latin name for a body and adding the surname of a British gold medal sprinter, minus the last letter of his name.
28a Treat pensioner for moving picture (14)
The word for a type of image or picture is found by rearranging (for moving) TREAT PENSIONER.
2d Famous denial to Father Crilly (5)
A word meaning famous is revealed by saying what you would say if you were denying something to the TV priest Father Crilly, a famous TV comedy priest. Which gives me a chance to play this….
4d Variety show provides remarkable value tempting one to come in (10)
An anagram (REMARKABLE) of VALUE with inside the name of a famous person from the Bible who regularly commits the sin of temptation. This will lead you to the name fr a type of variety show, or the business itself.
5d Taxi service one needs right after underground fails to start (4)
Another topical one. The name of a controversial 21st century taxi company that is in the news is found by taking the name for the London Underground, losing the first letter and adding R (right).
9d What usherette must do because of love without response (5,1,5,3)
A euphemism for having an unrequited crush on someone is also what a cinema or theatre usherette should do while the show is on.
16d Farmer’s second yield from croft — reap freely (5-4)
The name for the second harvest on a farm is an anagram (freely) of CROFT and REAP.
24d Surreptitious activity reported in Irish county town (5)
The name of an Irish county town is a homophone of what you might say if someone took a crafty attempt at something behind your back.
25d Wilder element that’s inherited (4)
We finish (and it was my Last One In today) with a double definition. The first name of a famous movies star named Wilder is also a scientific term for something you inherit from your parents.
That should be enough to get you up and running. Remember the Club rules. I’ll be around throughout the day to make sure you play nicely. The Crossword Club is now open.
Answer to Quiz: West Brom, Brighton & Hove, Burton, Stirling and the eponymous Rovers from Scotland.
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The Quick Crossword pun: misses+browns+buoys=Mrs. Brown’s Boys