Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28480 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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While the boss is off getting poked and prodded, I’m holding the fort to help you tackle this splendid Saturday puzzle from our Mysteron.
Lots of nice clues to admire here today and while it didn’t hold me up too much, it was a very pleasant solve. A few transport -based clues today.
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. Please remember not to give additional help or you will be sent to the naughty step.
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 European given ancient coin, gold, for teacher (8)
We start with a word for teacher. Take the abbreviation for European, add the name of an old coin and a short word for gold (it’s the French word for it!)
9a Former airline with a connection between North and South America? (6)
The name for a former US airline has A added to give somewhere in Central America.
11a Corporal joins with girlfriend in lively dance (8)
A name given to a girlfriend (a former one is an old one of these), and add the abbreviation for a corporal to give you a lively dance from the continent.
13a Unexpected victory that could make huge profit (5-7)
In sport, the name given to a surprise win by an underdog, comprises a word meaning huge and one for a profit.
16a Virgin need ’er to be working! (6-6)
Nice all in one clue An anagram (working) of the first two words gives something loosely described by the whole thing. Think transport!
19a Butcher giving male view (6)
The abbreviation for male and a word that means view gives you something meaning butcher or mess up.
21a Attribute of northern ’ealth resort (8)
The name of a spa town without it’s first letter gives an unusual word meaning to attribute.
26a Place for fan desiring wrestling (8)
Another nice clue that could be an all in one as well. The whole thing describes something that is an anagram (wrestling) of desiring,
2d Such as can be achieved seeing sailor cutting benefit (6)
The abbreviation for sailor goes inside a type of statutory benefit to give something meaning it can be achieved.
4d Cost of travelling in coach a long way east (5,4)
A word meaning to coach take something that refers to a long way and the abbreviation for east to give what it costs (on something associated with 16!)
7d Lively person welcoming period as preacher (9)
An unusual word for someone who preaches is made up of someone who is lively with a word meaning a period of time inside.
8d Something of no significance in Spain, one ventures (3-5)
The answer meaning something of no importance is hidden inside!
13d What house coal will do for the usual price (5,4)
An expression meaning a usual price can be split up to give a phrase that means where coal can be in your home.
15d Small child on railway grunts (8)
The branch of the military that is nicknamed grunts can found by taking the name for a small child and adding the abbreviation for railway.
18d Time being encased in concrete, impassive (6)
The abbreviation for time goes inside a word meaning concrete to give an unusual word for impassive.
22d Is open-mouthed, needing oxygen, say, to take exercise (5)
Inside what oxygen is goes an abbreviation for exercise to give something that means is open-mouthed.
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The Quick Crossword pun: aid+dull+vice=edelweiss