Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28510 (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 One must enter by means of jetty (4)
I (one) inside (must enter) a word meaning “by means of”
10a Client in hoax reckoning to meet the Queen (8)
If you can’t parse your answer, then it’s probably wrong – try again with a charade of a three-letter hoax, a three-letter reckoning and the Queen’s regnal cipher and then you might be able to solve a couple more down clues
12a Flower people going by Mini perhaps (9)
Split as (3,6) this could describe people going by the type of vehicle of which a Mini is an example (perhaps)
15a Vicar standing in can triumph (7)
The three-letter abbreviation for a vicar inside (standing in) a can or bucket gives a verb meaning to triumph – standing can only indicate reversal in a down clue
17a Leaf insect’s colourful display (7)
A leaf of a book followed by an insect
22a Winter personified as knave, female or twisted saint (4,5)
A knave followed by F(emale), the reversal (twisted) of OR and S(ain)T
27a Something soothing in mist left by enchantress (5-5)
A mist and L(eft) preceded by an enchantress
28a Road covering very undulating (4)
A road or route around (covering) V(ery)
1d Creature no longer is around on the prowl (8)
An anagram (on the prowl) of IS AROUND –prowl works as an anagram indicator as it means “to keep moving about, restlessly”
2d Bird cage (6)
Two definitions – Cockney rhyming slang for this punishment and the place where it might be served
5d Fast living (5)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning fast and the living, usually when contrasted with the dead
14d Military punishment that will pass by anon? (4-5)
This military punishment means to remain anonymous in a well-known saying that starts “No names” – perhaps next Friday’s review might expand on this
18d Take the plunge suddenly? No, I have to get around Home Counties date initially (8)
NO and the abbreviated form of “I have” around the part of England in which the Home Counties are located and the initial letter of D[ate]
19d Turn over hat dimensions (7)
Split as (3,4) this could be the dimensions of a flat hat
21d Family pet’s first flower (6)
A three-letter word for family preceded by (‘s first / is first) a pet
24d City food bar’s hot inside (5)
A food bar with H(ot) inside
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The Quick Crossword pun: piece+unearth=Peace on Earth