Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28396 (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 Kicked around a match official having forgotten trainers? (10)
A verb meaning kicked goes around the A from the clue and a (football) match official
10a Get stuck going round flipping motorway diversion (7)
A verb meaning get stuck or glued around the reversal (flipping) of our usual motorway
12a Medal for person succeeding with first clue (8,5)
The person who succeeds in a contest followed by the first clue in this, and many other, puzzles (1,6)
14a Most of the ethnic group in SE European region (6)
Most of TH[e] followed by an ethnic group
17a Sort of sin of the flesh — I’d slipped back into that (8)
An adjective meaning of the flesh around (into that) the reversal (slipped back) of I’D
22a Potters around these items of furniture having a nap (7,6)
These potters pot balls not ceramics, and the nap is a woolly surface
25a Rouse to action gathering right support (7)
A phrasal verb meaning to rouse to action (4,2) around (gathering) R(ight)
27a After teaching degree, lecturer initially gets teased about being scruffy (10)
A three-letter teaching degree followed by the initial letter of L[ecturer] inside (gets … about) a verb meaning teased
1d Carry animal (4)
This double definition is a hoary old chestnut!
3d Dawn perhaps before insect appears — something to amuse children? (6,7)
The surname of an actress/comedienne whose first name is Dawn followed by a chirping insect gives a game for children
11d Every boxer has this dietary supplement (6,7)
This dietary supplement won’t help you lose weight!
13d Put ingredients in place to make whisky without stirring (5-5)
This could mean to put ingredients in a place where whisky id made
16d The French old city energy fed prize-winner (8)
The feminine French definite article followed by our usual old city, E(nergy) and a verb meaning fed with food
18d Where birds hatch eggs, sheltering fine over railway (7)
Some fish eggs around a two-letter word meaning fine or alright and followed by R(ailwa)Y
21d Sounds like the people to put a rocket up former Arab leader (6)
The surname of this former Arab leader sounds like the agency responsible for the US space program (people to put a rocket up)
23d Vegetable popular primarily in South of France (4)
The initial letter (primarily) of P[opular] inside the French word for south
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The Quick Crossword pun: Trident+rusted=tried and trusted