Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28390 (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.
7a PTO to see it (8)
Please Turn Over (PTO) to see this
10a A hat the French female brought back in fleecy wool (6)
The A from the clue, a brimless hat and the feminine French definite article all reversed (brought back)
12a In every rota going round, insert colonel as coffee-maker (10)
A three-letter word meaning “in every” and the reversal (going round) of ROTA around the abbreviation for COL(onel)
15a Enforce order with redistribution of wealth — took a nap first (3,4,3,3)
An anagram (redistribution) of WEALTH preceded by (first) a phrase meaning took a nap
18a Warn of collapse, no longer frozen? (4,6)
A verb meaning to collapse followed by a phrase meaning no longer frozen (3,3)
20a Head’s put by cash for cake (8)
An informal three-letter word for the head preceded by an informal word for cash
23a Welcome break from porridge? (6)
This welcome break could be a period of time away – perhaps an illegal break from prison
24a Gatecrasher called and stormed (8)
A three-letter device used to crash a gate and a verb meaning called
1d Spin without beginning to unravel (6)
Start with a verb meaning to spin and drop its initial letter to get a verb that, according to one of the definitions in Chambers, means to unravel
3d Two kinds of fuel sent up to cover the Queen’s women’s quarters (8)
These women’s quarters in a harem are a write-in for those who have seen it before – two three-letter fuels are reversed around the Queen’s regnal cipher
4d Speed of progress through life (6)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to speed and one’s progress through life
5d Note this accommodation could be for two families (6,4)
This type of musical note could be seen as accommodation for two families
8d Elector all at sea? (8,5)
A cryptic definition of the type of voter who often decides the result of an election
13d ‘Bout of weeping got pram fixed’ — could be a coded message? (10)
A three-letter bout of weeping followed by an anagram (fixed) of GOT PRAM
15d Cromarty’s partner wearing flimsy fabric, being game (8)
Not Cromarty but the other part of the name of this former county of northern Scotland inside some flimsy fabric
22d Man‘s post redirected (4)
There is a fine line between indirect anagrams and indirect reversals; the latter is regarded as “fair” but you can make up your own mind – this man’s name is a reversal of a word meaning post or letters
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The Quick Crossword pun: pill+grim+edge=pilgrimage