Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28438 (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 Nothing was converted into capital (10)
An anagram (converted) of NOTHING WAS
6a Most of the month’s brandy (4)
To get this cheap brandy drop the final letter from a month of the year
13a Computer peripheral, second used by baked-bean processor? (7)
S(econd) followed by the type of factory that could be used for processing baked beans or other tinned products
17a Shocking termination of sentence (11,4)
A cryptic definition of punctuation that expresses surprise!
20a Initially crossed lines abroad? Shout loudly! (3,3)
A charade of the initial letter of C[rossed], the abbreviation for the type of lines used by trains and an adverb meaning abroad
21a Tall tree Edward, half-cut, carved into cross (7)
Drop the second half (half cut) from EDW[ard] and insert what remains (carved into) a type of cross
25a Picket building where prisoners are kept (10)
A picket or sentry followed by a building gives a place where military prisoners are kept
27a Already sat with a resort guide in a bad way (4,6)
An anagram (with a resort) of ALREADY SAT
1d Tobacco plant in the wrong place (4)
Two definitions, the first being a colloquial word for tobacco
4d Told how entering alien’s become upwardly mobile (3,2,2,3,5)
An anagram (alien) of TOLD HOW ENTERING
8d Skinflint, fellow catching European fish (10)
A fellow around (catching) E(uropean) and followed by a fish
11d Methodical but not artistic presumably (10)
A cryptic definition that assumes that this approach is incompatible with art
12d Harmony in a musical instrument (10)
A word meaning harmony followed by IN and A from the clue
14d Sly creature about — hurried up to cross short distance (7)
A two-letter word meaning about followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of a verb meaning hurried inside (to cross) the two-letter abbreviation for a short distance
23d Seedcase donkey’s bitten off at the end (4)
Drop (bitten off) the final letter (at the end – it’s an O) from this word meaning a donkey
24d Particularly light? (4)
Two definitions, the second being a type of light
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The Quick Crossword pun: log+gauge+Van=luggage van – surely it would have worked better if 1 Across was LUG not LOG?