Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28408 (Hints)
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A flying visit as I’m off to work, so here are the hints for today. I’m sure there will be nice people around if needed, although if you are after more answers, they probably won’t be forthcoming.
It’s a fairly benign prize puzzle today and the number of anagrams dotted around should give you a good foothold.
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.
6a Repeat section of the chorus (4)
Think I have seen this clue so many times before. A word meaning repeat is part of the phrase ‘the chorus’.
18a Getting better beers around in religious institution (12)
A word that meanins getting better is found by taking a word for beers, adding an abbrevisation of around, in a number sense, and placing it in a religious building inhabited by women.
21a Gangster’s starter replaced by first bit of local seafood (7)
A type of seafood is revealed by taking the name for a gangster in the US and swapping its first letter for the first of the word local.
23a Learned without starting to repeat (7)
More tinkering with the first letter of a word. Something that means learned or having the wherewithal to learn needs to lose its first letter abd this gives something that means to repeat.
26a Turn detective and see Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, perhaps (4)
A short word meaning turn takes an abbreviation for a detective & this gives what Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are. Odlly I had parsed this a completely different way until typing this, and then realised I was clutching at straws and saw the error of my ways! The ‘and see’ means what you get if you turn detective.
27a Obstinately determined the dragons must be beaten (10)
A word meaning obstinately determined or stubborn is an anagram of THE DRAGONS.
3d Animal that none implicated in patriotic song (8,6)
The name for a patriotic song is revealed by rearranging the letters of two of the remaining words.
9d Bank payment for unsophisticated hobby? (6,8)
If something was unsophisticated it would be this and then add a word meaning a hobby or pastime to give a type of financial device used by banks.
19d Cane makes graduate low after pinching book (6)
What gives you cane is found by taking the abbreviation for someone with a degree, adding a word meaning low, as in an animal sense, and putting it all round the abbreviation for a book.
22d Indian ready for rugby games heading east (5)
Think ready in a financial way. Take the abbreviation for rugby, add one for school games and then E for East.
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The Quick Crossword pun: ma’am+allayed=marmalade