Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28426 (Hints)
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Greetings from Daresbury Park. Some of us have to work today, but there are worse places to earn a buck than here.
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This was a fairly straightforward puzzle with lots of clues you could work out quite easily from the wordplay. I think one might just hold a few people up and I have added it below and may get very cross if anyone posts the answer or further hints.
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.
3a Classic western produced by RADA tutor? (10)
We start with the name of a classic 1939 Western film. If you think cryptically of what a teach at RADA in London may do with students. The question mark means it’s needs you to think a little outside the box.
9a Facing plot after work, work over (8)
A word meaning facing needs you to take a very short word for work, add the same word again but reversed and then add something that means a plot or location.
10a Famous guitarist with his group, one presiding over celebrations (3,5)
I did wonder whether to post a hint for this, but I bet we would be besieged with requests for it. A phrase that refers to the leader of a topical celebration is made up of the surname of a famous rock guitarist, and the band he is associated with. Clever clue!
12a Anyway, don’t contemplate so much (10)
A word that means anyway could be split into what you might be doing if you didn’t contemplate as much as you did.
14a Area round capital no longer rated badly (7,6)
An anagram indicated by ‘badly’ of three words gives you the name for the area around the capital city.
24a One with dimples that may get hooked on a course (4,4)
A cryptic definition for something that may be found on a certain type of course.
26a While not present at work, a bishop posted one article (2,8)
This is a word sum type clue: a short word meaning at work + A and the abbreviation for bishop in chess + something meaning posted = one and and article = a Latin phrase meaning not present.
1d Yale gang, for a change, fail badly (3,2,3)
An expression that means to fail badly is an anagram of YALE GANG.
3d Extent of odds studied (6)
A word meaning the extent of something is made up of an abbreviation for odds in racing plus a word meaning studied at university.
4d Rule clubs ignored after a while (4)
This is quite tricky. A word for a type of rule of power needs to lose C (clubs) and this gives a poetic expression meaning after a while.
13d Faux pas made by enfant terrible blowing top (5)
A word for a slip or faux pas is a word for a naughty child minus its first letter (blowing top).
16d Daughter put on excellent meaty spread (8)
Something that used to be put on your bread as a child is made up of D (daughter) and a ‘posh’ word meaning excellent.
18d Primate’s word of disapproval during Prohibition (6)
The name for one of the primates is found by taking a word shouted to disapprove of something and shoving it inside something that refers to prohibition.
23d Half a century in Rome inhabiting big residence (4)
How an (ancient) Roman would write fifty goes inside a word meaning large to give a type of residence.
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The Quick Crossword pun: inner+scent=innocent