Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28528 (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 I’d recalled tucking into impulsive item for salad (6)
The reversal of I’D inside an adjective meaning impulsive
4a Rough strikebreaker’s going to stir endlessly (8)
A colloquial word for a strikebreaker followed by a verb meaning to stir from sleep without its final letter (endlessly)
10a Note hobby that gets one hooked takes time (8)
To get this musical note put a “hobby that gets one hooked” around T(ime)
11a Detective arresting the old thugs, reportedly showing colours (9)
One of our usual detectives around the old word for “the” followed by what sounds like (reportedly) some thugs
17a Don’t put in sir’s tooth wonky! They should straighten it out (13)
DON’T inside an anagram (wonky) of SIR’S TOOTH gives the people who could straighten out a wonky tooth
24a Fine material in newspaper to stop (8)
A word for a newspaper followed by a verb meaning to stop or cease to exist
25a Poor nun reaching end of Eucharist gets wine (6)
A member of an order of nuns noted for being “poor” followed by the final letter (end) of [Eucharis]T
27a It may delete items from cameras erroneously (6)
Hidden (from) inside the clue
1d Live on edge (6)
A two-letter word meaning on or concerning followed by an edge
2d Lorna’s accepted temptation to make a contribution (2,4,3)
The surname of Lorna from the eponymous book by R. D. Blackmore followed by a verb that could mean accepted temptation, as did Adam and Eve with the apple in the Garden of Eden
3d Fuel vessel in hurry (7)
A “vessel” used to store solid fuel by the fireplace is also a verb meaning to hurry
5d Bring into church, with introduction of Irishman, this old Tory (5,6)
A verb meaning to bring, a small child for example, into the church around (with introduction) a typical Irish first name gives the name of this former Conservative minister
12d Healthy knight on board’s speciality, picking up a grand (3,3,1,4)
A three-letter adjective meaning healthy followed by a speciality of a knight on the chessboard around the A from the clue
16d Discovers reason to worry when England’s batting (5,3)
The name of the current England cricket captain has proved to be useful to crossword setters! – fans have reason to worry when this happens to him (4’1,3)
18d In exam clamour to get a first or second perhaps (7)
A spoken examination around a clamour gives the type of number of which first or second is an example (perhaps)
22d Rascal with Irish accent getting tip-off? (5)
Start with a word for an Irish accent and drop (off) its initial letter (tip)
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The Quick Crossword pun: hammer+chewer=amateur