Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28402 (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 Not belonging to a couple agitated about fine (3,2,5)
An anagram (agitated) of TO A COUPLE around F(ine)
11a Newly-wed rightly in prison (9)
A newly-wed followed by an adverb meaning rightly – although the original prison no longer exists, its name is still used generally for a prison
15a Issue for year, full of info (7)
Issue here is a formal word for children – a three-letter word meaning for and Y(ear) around (full of) some info
17a Knock tavern sign, unfortunately (7)
This knock is a period at the wicket in cricket! – a tavern is followed by an anagram (unfortunately) of SIGN
19a Finished in the short grass off the fairway (7)
TH[e] without its final letter (short) followed by the
short grass off the fairway on a golf course
21a Training trick daughter studied (7)
A charade of some physical training, a trick and D(aughter)
24a Sluggish, local inhabitant having caught cold on island (8)
A local inhabitant around (having caught) C(old) preceded by (on in an across clue) I(sland)
30a Severe row within a hospital department (10)
A row or series inside the A from the clue and our usual hospital department
1d Wild gathering sees opera character blowing top (4)
A character from a folk opera without (blowing) his initial letter (top)
4d On the shelf, Emma may be here? (7)
A loosely cryptic definition of where you might find a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma
No, I didn’t mean you, Miss Watson, get back to Hogwarts!
7d Winning answer had to involve ultimate in knowledge (5)
A(nswer) and HAD around (to involve) the final letter (ultimate) in [knowledge]E
9d Newcomer having drink outside good public house (8)
A four-letter alcoholic drink around G(ood) and a public house
14d Respectable winning position (10)
A two-letter word meaning winning followed by position or status
18d Kind of timber house, incomplete, in north-eastern music centre (9)
A three-letter kind of timber – when I went on a tour of the Morgan factory I found that they use a lot of this when building their cars – and most of (incomplete) a type of house inside the abbreviation for North-Eastern
25d Out ultimately, a flagstick for undemanding putt? (3-2)
Our final sporting reference is another golfing term – the final letter (ultimately) of [ou]T followed by the A from the clue and a flagstick found on the golf course
26d The old man on street’s gone by (4)
A colloquial word for the old man or father followed by ST(reet)
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The Quick Crossword pun: motes+heart=Mozart