Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28462 (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 Fairly good judge, following fashion (8)
A verb meaning to judge or assess preceded by (following) a fashion or style
10a Channel without water mentioned (6)
Sounds like how to drink spirits without adding water
At least one person will recognise this, won’t you Jane?
13a Clear coach’s avoiding one father? (11)
A type of coach and the S from ‘S without (avoiding) I (one) followed by the type of person of which a father is an example (indicated by the question mark)
16a Summons to action from US president, and French come round (7,4)
The current US president (who, as opposed to Obama, is a gift to crossword setters) followed by the French for “and” and a verb meaning to come round and visit
21a Leaving South Carolina, motorcyclist or walker (7)
Drop the abbreviation for South Carolina from the front of a motorcyclist
23a Killer struck worker (6)
A three-letter verb meaning struck followed by a worker (the two-legged kind)
25a After exercises, Swiss hero rolled over in small ball (6)
After a two-letter abbreviation for some Physical Exercises put the reversal (rolled over) of the surname of a Swiss hero (the one armed with a crossbow)
26a Inconsistent bishop avoids scepticism following fashionable article (2,3,3)
Drop (avoids) B(ishop) from some scepticism and put what remains after (following) a two-letter words meaning fashionable and the indefinite article
1d Man accepts alternative spirits (6)
A man around the two-letter word which indicates an alternative
4d One responsible for somebody’s health after a meal (11)
A cryptic definition of the person who asks people to raise their glasses after a meal
6d Favourite college will get over a bloomer (7)
A three-letter favourite followed by the three-letter abbreviation for a college and the A from the clue
7d Caught on concerning a sled I damaged (8)
A two-letter word meaning concerning followed by an anagram (damaged) of A SLED I
8d Intelligentsia must be switched on, period — it’s uplifting (8)
A three-letter verb meaning switched on a light followed by a very long period of time and the reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of IT
14d Features cool spacecraft (8)
Some features followed by a three-letter a colloquial word meaning cool or trendy
15d Grey knight in fix — and others (8)
The chess notation for a knight inside a three-letter verb meaning to fix followed by the Latin phrase meaning and others (2,2)
18d Not a pleasing, deviating type of bowling (3,4)
An anagram (deviating) of PLE[A]SING without (not) the A
20d Covert cult embracing religious class (6)
A cult around a two-letter religious class
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back after my monthly visit to the Village Café and Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: Alec+sand+rhea=Alexandria