Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28468 (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 Agree to fix being very thin (10)
A charade of a verbs meaning to agree and to fix
6a Nail poet that’s twisted inside (4)
Start with a word for a poet and swap (twisted) the middle letters (inside) around
9a Rock singer learning to join blooming band (7)
A word or learning followed by a band of flowers (blooming)
10a Seam put in Her Majesty’s furs (7)
A seam which is a source of minerals inside Her Majesty the Queens regnal cipher and the S from ‘S
12a Trump’s game upset insurgent concealing mean person exposing wrongdoing (7-6)
This one is easy once the definition has been isolated – a five-letter card game that involves the use of trumps followed by the reversal (upset) of an insurgent around a three-letter adjective meaning mean or humble
19a Six-footer belonging to religious faction (6)
A general word for a six-footed creature could, if split (2,4), mean belonging to a religious faction
22a Prepare a lithe model for Victorian artist (3-10)
An anagram (model) of PREPARE A LITHE gives a Victorian artist – Millais, Hunt or Rossetti for example
This painting was set on the banks of the Hogsmill River in Surrey
27a French short story with surprise ending entering competition (10)
A five-letter French word for a short story (which was a new one for me) followed by (with … ending) a surprise, especially for a criminal who falls for a trap set by the police!
1d Mass with everyone in shopping complex (4)
It’s time for an old chestnut! – M(ass) followed by everyone
2d Old gardener has hour in tall building (7)
Will younger solvers know about this iconic old gardener? – put the two-letter abbreviation for H(ou)R inside a tall building
4d Needing refreshment when sun comes out, making a couple of points over love? (6)
Drop (comes out) the S(un)from an adjective meaning needing liquid refreshment to get a tennis score
5d Party in playground having to turn up smarter (8)
A five-letter party inside an abbreviated name for a playground, all reversed (turned up)
7d Sheep gets to tear around refreshed (7)
A female sheep with a verb meaning to tear around it
13d Bad-tempered person in vote plot (10)
The mark used in order to vote followed by a garden plot
20d Old professors deserve interrupting that is on the rise (7)
These old professors are derived by putting a verb meaning to deserve inside the reversal (on the rise) of the Latin abbreviation for “that is”
23d Dress up showing swagger (4)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of dress or clothing
The Crossword Club is now open.
Next Saturday Mrs BD and I will be at the S&B meeting in Macclesfield and Kath will be here looking after the hints. The following Saturday I have an appointment for a cataract assessment and Tilsit will be sitting in the chair.
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The Quick Crossword pun: litter+arty=literati