Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28456 (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 Freshwater cod’s not usually found in this storage facility (5,2,7)
An anagram (not usually) of FRESHWATER COD’S
9a Liking song by writer (8)
A song preceded by a writing implement
10a One artist on TV quiz show is Arab (5)
A charade of I (one), our usual artist and a two-letter TV quiz show
15a Male singer with a single exception holds special attraction (8)
A phrase meaning with a single exception (3,3) around a special attraction or indefinable crowning quality
20a Drama school endlessly involved in work in USA and part of Canada (8)
Most of a well-known drama school inside the American spelling of a word meaning work
26a With daughter absent, perhaps son and I will deliver hot food (5)
Drop (absent) the D(aughter) from a youngster, possibly a son, and add the I from the clue to get an alternative spelling of a hot food
27a Crazy male will make hard case (8)
A colloquial four-letter word for crazy followed by an abbreviated form of “male will”
28a Film wet area in French cheese bar (5,9)
Put a wet area of land between a French cheese and a bar or worktop
2d Competitive rider always in hospital department? On the contrary (7)
Don’t put a four-letter word meaning always inside a hospital department; instead (on the contrary) place the hospital department inside the word meaning always
4d Piece tabloid people penned in serious paper (8)
A colloquial word for a popular tabloid newspaper and some people inside the two-letter abbreviation for a serious (news)paper
6d Classroom display showing emblem of Richard III before his end (10)
Knowledge of the Wars of the Roses helps here; put the emblem used by Richard III (5,4) in front of (before) the final letter (end) of [Richar]D
7d Studying in redbrick university (7)
Two definitions – the second being a Berkshire university
8d See vet providing help for the bat (11)
A charade of a verb meaning to see or spot and a verb meaning to vet or check – this bat is a cricketer, not a flying mammal – the enumeration should, according to both Chambers and the ODE, be (5,6)
11d Cockney bigamist has this nonsense (6,5)
If a cockney had two wives (bigamist) he could be said to have this
14d Character of the dump portrayed by French artist — only one small smear (10)
This character is the eponymous hero of a children’s novel by Clive King, just add the surname of a French artiste with only one of the two S(mall)s
21d Old habit that could make beer better (7)
Split this old habit or garment as (6,1) to get the pair of letters that turn beer into beTTer
25d The second person in Shakespeare to get short measure (4)
Two definitions – the second being an abbreviated unit of measure (a very small one)
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The Quick Crossword pun: plague+round=playground