Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28534 (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 ‘Stormy Weather’ overwhelms a songster (8)
An anagram (stormy) of WEATHER around (overwhelms) the A from the clue
9a Forge commonplace name as front for unknown quantity (6)
Another name for a forge is derived from a commonplace name followed by an unknown quantity – a bit same-both-sidesy as the derivation of said commonplace name is someone who forges metals with a hammer
11a Recover consciousness — and die as result? (4,2,4)
A phrasal verb meaning to recover consciousness (4,2) followed by a verb meaning to die
12a Two separate points in landing-place could make you groggy (6)
Two compass points inserted into separate parts of a landing-place
17a Trace undergarment — one, say, that has been returned (7)
An undergarment followed by I (one) and the reversal (that has been returned) of the Latin abbreviation for “say” or “for example”
20a Stick bond with glue coming unstuck (8)
An anagram (coming unstuck) of BOND with GLUE
22a Article by church dignitary of South American eminence (6)
The two-letter indefinite article followed by a church dignitary
26a Patent a clever gripping thing to wave about (8)
Hidden (gripping) inside the clue – but what a dreadful definition
1d Rodent bit sandwiches I’m holding quietly (8)
A bit or thick piece around (sandwiches) I’M itself around (holding) the musical notation for quietly – Expat Chris has these in her garden!
2d Last character coming in to cut grass is dim (4)
The last character of the alphabet inside some cut grass – I find it interesting that cut in this context can be an adjective or a verb, the clue becomes obvious once you decide which it is
4d Unpleasant expert gives scowl (7)
An adjective meaning unpleasant (4) followed by an expert
6d Stopped swallowing whisky, perhaps dejected (10)
A verb meaning stopped or lost power around the type of alcoholic drink of which whisky is an example (perhaps)
13d Notice little Judith in hearing, little Catherine being judge (10)
A two-letter notice followed by what sounds like a contraction (little) of the name Judith and a similar contraction (little) of the name Catherine
16d Crack up in the mountains (8)
a cryptic definition of a crack in the snow, perhaps one found up in the mountains
18d I dig all wild hedging round flowers (8)
An anagram (wild) of I DIG ALL around (hedging) the round-shaped letter
21d Animal seizing artist round throat (6)
An animal around the reversal of our usual artist
24d Loud friend turns up — panic! (4)
The musical notation for loud followed by the reversal (turns up in a down clue) of a friend
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