Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28420 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Thanks to all, especially the generous lady who sent me a cheque, for your support of our Open Gardens weekend, which raised over £6,200 for our local churches. Thanks also to Tilsit for stepping up to the mark to provide hints for the last two Saturdays.
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 In horse-drawn vehicle heading south-east I travel wearily (7)
Inside a horse-drawn vehicle (4) and the abbreviation for South-East insert the I from the clue
5a Get sick with having skate around track (7)
A verb meaning to get sick and W(ith) inside (having … around) a skate (of the piscine kind)
12a Public boxing has first of youngsters being too impulsive (9)
An adjective meaning public around (boxing) HAS from the clue and followed by the initial letter (first) of Y[oungsters]
15a Telephone number unknown lost? Make temporary arrangement (3,2)
A phrasal verb (4,2) meaning to telephone without (lost) the letter that represents an indefinite number – “unknown” would appear to be a red herring as the unknown numbers are represented by X, Y and Z; as it reads better as “telephone number lost” does this suggest editorial interference?
16a Punter‘s happy sound about horse race (9)
A happy sound, like that made by Kitty perhaps, around a type of horse race
22a Naughty affairs bothered like-minded people (5,2,1,7)
The anagram indicator here is naughty
23a Like ancient oracle, I’d help confused Corinthian leader (7)
An anagram (confused) of I’D HELP followed by the initial letter (leader) of C[orinthian]
24a Fool accepts certain guarantees (7)
A fool around an adjective meaning certain
1d Hybrid fruit with sharp taste the Spanish love (7)
A sharp taste followed by the Spanish definite article and O (love)
3d Copy bureau‘s hard work crushed by signs of burglars (5,4)
H(ard) and a musical work preceded (crushed in a down clue) by signs that, when left by burglars could lead to their arrest
4d Stethoscope shows distinctive character (5)
Hidden (shows) inside the first word of the clue
7d Famous painting referee put out (9,6)
A colloquial word for a referee (8) followed by a verb meaning to put out a fire
13d Sedative — placatory item given by mouth mostly (9)
A three-letter placatory item followed by most of a mouth or opening
15d Towered over short American friend, one with potential to bloom (7)
A verb meaning towered followed by the shortened version of an American word for a friend
Here’s another (very cryptic) hint
19d Dutch artist broadcast nonsense (5)
Sounds like (broadcast) some nonsense
20d I will occupy seat — seat of government (5)
The I from the clue inside a comfortable seat gives the seat of government of a European country
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The Quick Crossword pun: poe+goes=pogos