Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28450 (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 Skill put over by bridge partners wanting manuscript changes (10)
The reversal (put over) of a three-letter skill is followed by some partners in the game of bridge a word that can mean wanting or desiring and the abbreviation of ManuScript
10a International meant playing for declaration (9)
A international sporting match followed by an anagram (playing) of MEANT
12a Head may maintain a large place to fire 13 (4,9)
A headland followed by a word meaning may, a verb meaning to maintain, the A from the clue and L(arge) gives a place in the USA from which to launch (fire) a 13 Down
14a Quietly belie running article that’s working-class (8)
The musical notation for quietly followed by an anagram (running) of BELIE and the two-letter indefinite article
15a Make Oscar for actor (6)
A make or type followed by the letter represented by Oscar in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
19a Indifferent physician hiding nothing with note (8)
A five-letter physician around (hiding) O (nothing) and followed by a note of the scale in sol-fa notation
24a Confront after a fight’s reversal (5-4)
A verb meaning to confront preceded by (after) the A from the clue and a fight
27a Shares, perhaps, like vicar? (10)
These shares, if split (2,8), could describe, for example (definition by example indicated by the question mark), a vicar
1d Ruffian in hospital in tower (4)
H(ospital) inside something that tows (tower)
3d Dealer in quarrel over chart men ruined (5,8)
A quarrel or argument followed by an anagram (ruined) of CHART MENT
8d Easily riled, like a dinosaur? Anything but! (3-7)
Dinosaurs were not this type of creature!
11d Pre-Christmas period restricts Queen broadcast times, becoming commercial (13)
The period leading up to Christmas around (restricts) our Queen’s regnal cipher and an anagram (broadcast) of TIMES
13d Art room first to show heavenly vehicle (10)
Another word for art preceded by (first) some room
16d Save theatre with regularly praised view (8)
A three-letter word for a type of theatre where different plays are performed throughout the run followed by the even letters of the last two words in the clue (the convention is that the two words be considered as being run together)
20d Fall of rogue in lawsuit (7)
A three-letter rogue inside a lawsuit
23d Round pound (4)
Two definitions – the kind of round pounded by a policeman and a verb meaning to pound
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The Quick Crossword pun: soup+earn+over=supernova