Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28492 (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.
8a A planet circling Earth approaches (7)
The A from the clue and one of the planets around E(arth)
10a/11a Become apparent as the Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse do (4,3,2,3,4)
This collection of rivers does just this!
12a Country that was divided making progress rapidly, we hear (5)
Sounds like (we hear) a verb meaning making progress rapidly
13a Frank put foot down (5)
Two definitions – a mark to show that a fee, usually postage, has been paid and a verb meaning to put one’s foot down forcibly
19a Engineers in dismay making gear (7)
The two-letter abbreviation for some military engineers inside a verb meaning to dismay gives the type of gear that is worn
21a Bits of music jumping from las to dohs? (5)
Split the answer (2,3) to get a jump from las to dohs
24a Hanger-on given shelter by church (5)
A word meaning shelter followed by CH(urch)
28a Where yachtsmen sail, keeping very well-funded (7)
A place where yachtsmen can sail around (keeping) V(ery)
1d Caught stars in decay (6)
C(aught) followed by a constellation (stars)
3d We prosper with engineering drawing in university in dominant country (10)
An anagram (with engineering) of WE PROSPER around (drawing in) U(niversity)
4d Varied choice essential in popular sport in Canada etc (3,6)
This one is for Falcon! – an anagram (varied) of CHOICE followed by a word meaning essential
5d In a frenzy ‘Good Morning’ the wrong way round (4)
Not a two-letter word meaning good followed by the abbreviation used for morning but the other way around
7d Changing hat style not likely to be noticed (8)
An anagram (changing) of HAT STYLE giving a photo-opportunity for this aircraft that is allegedly “not likely to be noticed”!
9d Fraud upset Apple computers (4)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of some Apple computers
15d Old actress gives former UN chief the bird (4,6)
The surname of a former UN Secretary General followed by a bird – this one indicates the age of the setter as the actress in question died in 1986!
16d Bag to boil for cooking that is required for musicians (9)
… this anagram leads to a musical term
20d Postwar housing, before great 1960s style (6)
A three-letter meaning before followed by a term used in the 1960s to mean great
22d Goblin shows ill will without resistance (6)
A word meaning ill will around (without!) R(esistance)
25d Bonnet for American gangster (4)
Two definitions – the first being the American word for the bonnet of a car
The Crossword Club is now open. As this is the last Saturday of the month, I am off to the village Café and Market – back around lunchtime
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The Quick Crossword pun: tyke+wand+owe=tae kwon do