Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28498 (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 Clear article to appear before ruler’s passing (10)
An adjective meaning clear followed by the indefinite article and a ruler
6a Cut flower makes one pleased (4)
Cut this flower into two parts and just use the first The abbreviation (cut) for a well-known flower
11a Doggedly obstruct rural division (9)
Split as (5,4) this divides, for example, a field from a country lane
19a Order silk in error that’s monumental (7)
An honour (order) followed by an anagram (in error) of SILK
24a Things made for pipes (8)
A prefix meaning “for” followed by some pipes
28a Additional payment from sailor transporting Poles? (5)
Start with the foreman of a naval crew (sailor) and “transport”, or should that be “transpose” the letters representing the two poles
29a Country singer famous for reggae broadcast (4)
Sounds like (broadcast) a famous reggae singer
30a After trains breaking down, man is caustic (10)
An anagram (breaking down) of TRAINS followed by a man
1d Free love with writer (4)
The letter that represents a score of love in tennis followed by a writing implement
2d Let off former partner with single charge (9)
The usual former partner is followed by the number that represents a single and a charge or fee
5d Food that’s northern? Loads! (7)
N(orthern) followed by a colloquial word for loads or lots
14d Place to find form (10)
… these forms are those on which children used to sit during classes, but the term has come to mean the class itself
16d Extremely poor local in the street (8)
A local or pub inside THE ST(reet)
21d Terribly posh for a consumer (7)
An anagram (terribly) of POSH followed by the word that means “for a”
25d Mostly civilised, like London or Manchester? (5)
Most of an adjective meaning civilised
26d Regularly pose with good person — this might attract attention (4)
The odd letters (regularly) of P[o]S[e] followed by our usual good person
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The Quick Crossword pun: fought+knocks=Fort Knox