Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28486 (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 Look here, there’s more to come (5,4,5)
A phrase meaning further developments are expected and more information will be given later
9a Wow, other ranks will eat free in hall (8)
An expression meaning “wow!” and the abbreviation for Other Ranks around (will eat) a three-letter verb meaning to free
13a Painstaking detail (10)
Two definitions – an adjective and a noun
15a Respect dad backing professional versus a learner (8)
The reversal (backing) of a two-letter word for dad followed by PRO(fessional), V(ersus), the A from the clue and L(earner)
18a Home brewer (6)
A cryptic definition of an item used at home to make a brew – just like I did at breakfast!
23a Applying first of gears to follow former pilot manoeuvring in (10)
The initial letter (first) of G[ears] follows former (as in a former partner), an anagram (manoeuvring) of PILOT and the IN from the clue
26a Fancy that American soldier? Snappy little tyke! (5)
An exclamation meaning “fancy that!” followed by our usual US (American) soldier
28a Shut it — nuisance when liquid is lukewarm (14)
An anagram (when liquid) of SHUT IT NUISANCE
2d Brace favourites to get up and dance (3-4)
The number that makes up a brace followed by the reversal (to get up in a down clue) of some favourite people
4d Hurried pronouncedly on a path, making retreat (8)
What sounds like (pronouncedly) a verb meaning hurried is followed by the A from the clue and a path
6d Gather below Dover perhaps is castle entrance (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to gather is preceded by the type of town of which Dover is an example and followed by the “IS” from the clue
7d Flattered little woman the French rogue’s cuddling (7)
The main little woman from the famous book by Louisa May Alcott and the French definite article inside (cuddling) a rogue
11d Start a conversation? It’s what travellers do in the Arctic (5,3,3)
This is what some travellers, particularly those going by boat, do in the Arctic
17d Not a chain in southern Europe but one in northern England (8)
Drop the A from a chain of mountains in southern Europe
21d I will put on the item about Guernsey etc criminal (7)
The abbreviated form of “I will” followed by a two-letter “item” around the abbreviation for the islands of which Guernsey is one
25d Found written inside maze, Talmudic Greek character (4)
Hidden (found written inside) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: bear+face+chic=barefaced cheek