Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28522 (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 Run place near Manchester, and one in Kent (10)
A six-letter verb meaning to run followed by a place near Manchester – one of our bloggers will have no trouble with this one!
12a Back everyone to move quickly around one — it’s a wrap! (8)
A three-letter word meaning everyone and a verb meaning to move quickly reversed (back) around I (one)
15a Again, agent’s made to take too much on board (7)
A charade of a four-letter word meaning again and an (unindicated) US agent
17a One just looking for place to surf (7)
Two definitions – someone who is just looking and a program used to surf the internet
21a Too much silver found in church building (7)
A three-letter abbreviation meaning too much and the chemical symbol for silver inside the abbreviation for the Church of England
This one is in the village adjoining mine
24a Forcibly removed, being drunk due to endless port (8)
An anagram (drunk) of DUE TO and POR[t] without its final letter (endless)
29a Challenge revolutionary retailer advertising clothes (4)
Hidden (clothes) and reversed (revolutionary) inside the clue
30a Money paid for somewhere to live (10)
Two definitions – payment for a bill and somewhere to live, such as a colony
1d Start to create fuss over ending (4)
The initial letter if C[reate] followed by the reversal (over in a down clue) of a fuss gives the ending of, for example, a piece of music
4d Fought rough having spilt blood outside (7)
A three-letter adjective meaning rough with a verb meaning spilt blood outside – did you, like me, waste time trying to fit an anagram (spilt) of BLOOD into the answer before deciding it doesn’t work?
5d Regret broadcast jibe? Nonsense (7)
What sounds like (broadcast) a verb meaning to regret followed by a jibe
8d One’s hopeless car with a flat battery? (3-7)
Two definitions – what is it that a car with a flat battery won’t do?
9d Document concise after-dinner instruction? (8)
This after-dinner instruction (4,3,4) usually includes the word “the”, which is why it is concise here
18d Fellow Arab, say, squandering billions to get position on board (9)
This fellow Arab is a horse – drop the B(illions) to get a position on the chessboard
21d A duke wears this gold one in court (7)
I liked this one as at first it appears to be just a cryptic definition – the heraldic term for gold and ONE from the clue inside the abbreviation of C(our)T
26d Pound where copper usually goes? (4)
Two definitions – easy when you realise that pound is a verb and the copper is a policeman
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The Quick Crossword pun: board+toot+ears=bored to tears