Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28444 (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 Italian lady’s apprehensive about French wine (10)
The definition is French wine, not the Italian lady – instead put her inside a five-letter word meaning apprehensive
9a Pot of cream I whipped up cold (7)
An anagram (whipped up) of CREAM I followed by C(old)
10a Indian company possesses very strong electronic material that’s light (7)
The four-letter name of a major Indian company goes around the musical notation for very strong and E(lectronic)
15a Like care provided by teacher beyond examination (8)
A charade of four-letter words meaning beyond and a type of examination
17a Familiarise Bill with whimsical charm (8)
The two-letter abbreviation for a bill followed by an adjective meaning with whimsical charm
22a Insult that’s set out to stifle panache (4,2,3,4)
An anagram (that’s set out) of STIFLE PANACHE
26a Legendary queen was idle apparently (4)
Split her name (3,1) and it looks like she was idle
27a It’s lustrous but terribly indiscreet (10)
An anagram (terribly) of INDISCREET
1d Palm tree taking care of company (4)
A simple charade of the abbreviations for care of and company
2d A container filled with mostly luscious fruit (7)
The A from the clue and a container around (filled by) most of an adjective meaning luscious
4d Steal the Spanish coin (6)
A colloquial verb for to steal followed by the Spanish definite article
7d Leading US rock band in support (7)
The three-letter name of a US rock band inside a support
11d They hold office party on house (13)
A charade of a party and a house which is one of the twelve divisions of the heavens in astrology
18d Groomed like Elvis, but I will be ousted by a drunk (7)
An adjective meaning groomed like Elvis in which the I is replaced (will be ousted) by an A
20d Mean hail storm (7)
A Roman greeting meaning “hail” followed by a storm
23d Let rip (4)
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The Quick Crossword pun: crews+missal=cruise missile