Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28504 (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 Bounty’s captain loses head with drunkard — a noted farce? (5,5)
The surname of the captain of The Bounty before the mutiny without its initial letter (head) followed by a drunkard and the A from the clue
10a One doomed daughter of Lear (not the Italian) (5)
Drop the Italian definite article from the name of the eldest of King Lear’s three daughters
12a School cricket side hosted by old king (7)
One of the two “sides” in cricket inside (hosted by) the old king of the popular nursery rhyme
13a Let down seeing scenery set in river (7)
A four-letter name given to theatre scenery inside the jolly miller’s river (in another nursery rhyme!)
18a Oppressed heretics fled somewhere in Derbyshire (12)
This anagram (oppressed) of HERETICS FLED gives a famous town in Derbyshire
… and a picture opportunity!
21a A fashionable set in function that’s senseless (7)
The A from the clue followed by a two-letter adjective meaning fashionable inside a trigonometrical function
26a Pitcher of Milwaukee Brewers (4)
Hidden (of) inside the clue – Milwaukee, the home of several breweries and the Brewers baseball team, is included purely to improve the surface reading
27a Cover up QPR broadcast bloomers (10)
What sounds like (broadcast) a concatenation of a verb meaning to cover up and the name by which QPR are known (in England if not in Scotland!) gives some flowers (bloomers)
1d What’s left, say, in flimsy surroundings (6)
What’s left in a will is derived by putting the Latin abbreviation of say, or for example, inside (in … surroundings) an adjective meaning flimsy
2d Scrawny mob put on plays — nothing odd about that (6)
A mob followed by (put on in a down clue) the even letters (nothing odd about that) of a word in the clue
3d Trio of distant objects for less than a penny (5,9)
Split as (5,3,6) this could be a trio of distant objects
4d Group chasing Poldark getting upset, one owns (9)
A group chasing a criminal followed by the reversal of Poldark’s first name
7d Trick to appreciate good dancing (8)
A charade of a trick or scam, a verb meaning to appreciate or increase in value, and G(ood)
8d Mess with attractive woman, the first one having left (8)
Another charade – this time an attractive woman, the first one (i.e. woman) and L(eft)
9d Complaining to Heston finally about healthy meat dish (4,10)
A verb meaning complaining, TO from the clue and the final letter of [Hesto]N around a four-letter word meaning healthy
15d Offer to take trouble in number 10? (4-5)
… number 10 is a cricket term! – Tuffers was usually a number 11
17d Intended following of French resistance (8)
… this intended is a male expecting to marry
22d Guard overlooking small gate (5)
Drop the S(mall) from a guard
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The Quick Crossword pun: news+eland=New Zealand