Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28432 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Many thanks to Tilsit for holding the fort while I was in Nottingham last week. My pictures can be seen here, with more from Lynette (Joyce of Bert and Joyce) to be added later [update: now added].
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 Work out chairman’s bust on board (10)
A charade of a six-letter verb meaning to work out or calculate followed by the position of a chairman within an organisation
6a Go crazy when rejected (4)
The reversal (when rejected) of an adjective meaning crazy – be careful as there are two such adjectives and only one of them gives a word meaning a go or attempt when reversed
10a Mole’s friend is irritable (5)
… the first definition is a character from a famous children’s book
11a Very East European to be losing head, that’s common (9)
V(ery) followed by an East European national without (losing) his initial letter (head)
12a Racer over 8 furlongs holds nothing back, being one that works hard before Ascot (8)
Someone who runs races over a distance of 8 furlongs around (holds) the reversal (back) the reversal of a three-letter word meaning nothing
15a Water tower (7)
… something that tows in the water!
19a Man marooned on Treasure Island long time finds large-leaved plant (7)
The surname of an ex-crewman of Captain Flint’s who has been marooned for three years on Treasure Island by his crewmates followed by a long period of time
21a The Royal Marines heading lowly sailor’s vessel (7)
THE from the clue followed by the initial letters (heading) of Royal Marines and the designation of our usual lowly sailor
24a Simple, detective joke, as some would tell it (8)
Once the definition has been separated from the wordplay, this gets easier – split the answer (4’1,3) and it sounds like (as some would tell it) a joke from a (fictional) detective – does “as some would tell it” successfully cover the fact that this homophone doesn’t work for everyone?
28a Reactionary fellow that’s full of gas (5)
30a Hamlet‘s resolution (10)
Two definitions, the first having nothing to do with a famous play by Shakespeare
1d Stable business (4)
Two definitions (again!)
2d Elderly mounting clicking (7,2)
Three definitions (for a change!)
4d Shelter to put up pauper (4-3)
A shelter followed by the reversal (put up in a down clue) of TO
7d It is not commonly a corrupting influence (5)
Two more definitions – a common way of saying “it is not” (‘5) and a noun meaning a corrupting influence, more usually used as a verb
9d Sea creature unadorned with pinch of salt (8)
One of the last clues that I solved – put an adjective meaning unadorned around the chemical formula for salt
20d Succeed with a herb placed around top of escalope (7)
The A from the clue and a herb around the initial letter (top) of E[scalope]
23d Flag and fade away (5)
Our penultimate double definition – a type of flag, usually blue and a verb meaning to fade away
26d Turn corner (4)
The end of the multiple definitions! – a turn or performance and a corner or awkward situation
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The Quick Crossword pun: beau+belles=Bow Bells