Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28516 (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 National falsification in general situation (3,2,3,4)
This could be a national falsification or untruth
11a Serious attention needed by cosy home (7)
A three-letter word meaning attention followed by a cosy home, usually for a bird
12a Skit about Liberal is standard for Scots (7)
A piece of humour (skit) around L(iberal)
13a More than one mythic creature still lives (5)
A three-letter adverb meaning sill followed by a verb meaning lives
16a Series of balls are due to exceed budget (9)
… if you are looking for the cricket clue, look no further!
19a What’s beginning to deal with downpour? (5)
What deals with a downpour is derived from the initial letter of (beginning to) D[eal] followed by the downpour itself
21a Payments demanded to secure North for king’s followers? (7)
The payments requested or demanded around (to secure) N(orth) give those from whom the next king will be chosen
23a Cause pain to stern arresting French cop (7)
A three-letter nautical term for the stern around (arresting) a colloquial word for a French policeman
26a Someone coming from Paris, say, to trampoline acrobatically (12)
This person from a city such as (say) Paris is an anagram (acrobatically) of TO TRAMPOLINE
1d Young runner always filling in permit (7)
This is the young of a fast-moving animal – a final letter word meaning always inside a verb meaning to permit
5d Enchanting singer learning to accompany Hawaiian band (7)
Learning or knowledge followed by a Hawaiian band or garland
6d Making fishermen’s equipment (7)
A verb meaning making, after all deductions have been applied, is also equipment used by a fisherman
7d Irritable people one associates with ancient guild (6,7)
An adjective meaning irritable followed by the people with whom one associates
I once went to a dinner with the Joiners and Ceilers!
15d Press and TV upset Aussie tennis star that’s dropped right out of the Dark Ages (9)
A collective word for the Press and TV followed by the reversal of the surname of an old Aussie tennis star without (that’s dropped) the R(ight)
18d Encourage dupe by speech (7)
Sounds like (by speech) a dupe or mug
19d Rat circling lake to change direction (7)
A verb meaning to rat or change sides around (circling) L(ake)
22d Undresses going up for a rest (5)
The reversal (going up in a down clue) of a verb meaning undresses
The Crossword Club is now open.
No Café and Market as it’s the The Hanleys 65th Village Show today. We moved to Hanley Swan 40 years ago this very day I have entered, for the first time ever, runner beans, courgettes, herbs and jam.
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The Quick Crossword pun: wart+aloo+rowed=Waterloo Road