Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28546 (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 Leaves with agreement, offering comfort (3,3,8)
Leaves used to make a drink are followed by a three-letter word meaning with then a word meaning agreement gives comfort or kind words offered to someone in trouble
10a Bass, perhaps, ditching river for burn (5)
Start with someone who makes musical sounds, a bass perhaps, and drop the R(iver)
13a Hoses quietly away — it’s an effect of the weather (10)
A charade of a verb meaning hoses, as in hoses the garden, the musical notation for quietly and three-letter word meaning away
16a Keep transporting box? (6)
If this box is split (4,2) it could mean to keep transporting
20a Trader‘s harangue about church being led by this writer (8)
A harangue around CH(urch) is preceded (being led) by the two-letter pronoun meaning this writer
23a Study cafe and its cooking to take away (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to study followed by an anagram (cooking) of CAFE and ITS
27a Not licked, like eggs before baking? (8)
This word meaning not licked or not defeated describes some eggs before they have been prepared for baking a cake
28a Where witness should sign? That’s putting it mildly (14)
Split as (5,9) this is where a witness should sign a particular document
2d A group playing in desert (7)
Christmas has come early with this chestnut! – a charade of the A from the clue, a group and a word meaning playing
4d Secret tripper‘s pack? (8)
When this tripper who hides in a ship is split (4,4) it means to pack
5d Endeavour initially lacking bite (6)
The surname of the fictional detective whose first name was revealed as Endeavour followed by the initial letter of L[acking]
8d Doctor stationed in place at the end of one’s road (11)
An anagram (doctor) of STATIONED IN
14d Dissolute don briefly left with one way out (10)
The shortened (briefly) of a university don followed by L(eft), I (one) and a way out
19d Write piece about the first figure in Ancient Rome — emperor, maybe (7)
A verb meaning to write followed by a weapon known in some circles as a piece around the first Roman numeral gives a creature of which emperor is a type
22d Youngsters working for BP? (6)
These youngsters belong to an organisation, whose motto is Be Prepared, which was founded by Baden-Powell – I hope I’ve missed something, if not this is a very poor clue
25d Food‘s beautiful, we hear (4)
This food sounds like (we hear) an adjective meaning beautiful
The Crossword Club is now open.
Mrs BD and I are off to get our flu jabs, and then on to the village Café and Market. Back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: hire+ark+quay=hierarchy