Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28474 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Hello everyone – Kath here. BD is on his way to Macclesfield for the ‘do’ so I’m pretending to be him today. If anyone needs hints for any of the clues that I haven’t done then please ask.
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 Disapprove of hiding current drop in value (10)
A verb to disapprove of or disparage which contains (hiding) the one letter symbol for (electrical) current in physics.
9a Trail volunteers returning in pursuit of normal soldiers (10)
A short word (3) that means normal or equal is followed by (in pursuit of) a reversal (returning) of a trail or track left by an animal and the two letters for the volunteer army.
10a Just over half of Beatles worked to make ‘Help!’ (4)
An anagram (worked) of the first four letters (just over half) of BEAT(les).
13a Go in after fish and chips (9)
Chips here is a slang word used in the building trade – an edible freshwater fish is followed by (after) a synonym for go in.
20a 18 goes over and samples baked goods (8)
A reversal (goes over) of another word for the answer to 18a is followed by samples or tastes.
23a Shock at zebras regularly becoming dangerous animals (3-6)
This shock is a lot of long hair such as that on a horse or male lion – follow it with the AT from the clue and alternate letters of z[E]b[R]a[S].
29a Both rather fancy dish (5-5)
An anagram (fancy) of BOTH RATHER
1d Take exercise drug (4)
A word meaning take or study is followed by the usual two letters for physical exercise
2d Green lights for a motorway and street, northbound (7)
A short word that means ‘for a’ or each is followed by a motorway, the one that goes from London to the north, and then a reversal (northbound) of the abbreviation for street.
3d Spare millions a woman left on the side? (12)
Spare or left over, the abbreviation for M(illions), the A from the clue, a woman’s name – an educated one – and the abbreviation for L(eft).
14d Finally be amusing about working and saving money (10)
The last letter (finally) of bE is followed by an adjective that means amusing or funny which contains (about) a little word meaning working or not switched off.
17d Elements of football and cricket used in religious festival (8)
Two bits to this answer – begin with a word that means transfer the ball from one player to another in football and follow that with a series of six balls in cricket.
25d Auntie‘s complaint cut short bishop (4)
Most of (cut short) a four letter word that means a complaint or a grumble is followed by the one letter abbreviation for a B(ishop).
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The Quicke Pun:- PARLOUR + MEANT = PARLIAMENT