Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28540 (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 Athlete’s tip for training — he knows what you are thinking (11)
An anagram (for training) of ATHLETE’S TIP
12a Adaptable creature, desert animal accepting hard time (9)
An animal found in the desert around H(ard) and followed by a long period of time
14a Turned on by some form of worship (6)
A three-letter verb meaning turned on, as in turned a light on, followed by a word meaning some
16a Using a particular method, prepares tomatoes and various items (8)
Split as (3,5) this means prepares tomatoes in a particular way
18a Theatre’s promotion: act Shakespeare in an unusually familiar way? (8)
An act or drama followed by a familiar form of Shakespeare’s first name
23a Girl from island accompanied by Frenchman (5)
I(sland) followed by a typical French male forename
26a Costumier dated mechanic (9)
A three-letter adjective meaning dated or old-fashioned followed by a mechanic
28a Emotional pull found in running (4-7)
A four-letter pull or tug inside a verb meaning running quickly
2d Show some rare vitality (5)
This former west-end show id hidden (some) inside the clue
4d Cut top off piece of embroidery, it’s more than enough! (6)
Drop (cut … off) the initial letter (top) from a test-piece of embroidery, commonly including an alphabet, with figures, names, etc.
5d Managed in a huge complex producing slate (8)
A three-letter verb meaning managed inside an anagram (complex) of A HUGE gives a verb meaning to slate
6d Race official‘s second raised blast arresting you and I (7)
S(econd) followed by the reversal (raised in a down clue) of an exclamation meaning “blast” around the pronoun for you and I
7d Hire pro to broadcast about unravelling clue — him? (7,6)
An anagram (broadcast) of HIRE PRO TO around a further anagram (unravelling) of CLUE
8d Fawlty towers above art gallery and church (8)
The first name of hotelier Fawlty followed by a three-letter art gallery
15d Take to court about a T-shirt? Injustice! (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to take to a court of law around the A from the clue and what a T-shirt might be
19d … what followed Dior’s famous style, they say — most direct approach (7)
Start with Dior’s famous style, think what might have, but didn’t, follow it and it sounds like (say) this most direct approach
25d See rising study of ancient times (5)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) of a two-letter word meaning see is followed by a study or small room
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The Quick Crossword pun: pinnacle+ardour=piña colada