Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28552 (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 Like amateur in church, primarily (4)
The initial letters of four words in the clue
9a Friend’s stable occupation (6)
Two definitions – a colloquial word for a friend and someone who has a stable occupation (i.e. works in a stable)
10a Fight against doctor in Ulster, perhaps (6)
… this Ulster is something that is worn
14a Expression of disgust that man’s picked up as Poet Laureate once (6)
A three-letter expression of disgust inside (picked up) that man and the S from ‘S
19a Fashion designers (not one English) supplying outfit (8)
A not-so-obvious anagram (fashion) of D[E]SIGNERS without (not) one E(nglish)
21a Draws little man as going after fling, being retired (8)
These draws are forms of sweepstake – the shortened form (little) of a man’s name is followed by AS. the latter being preceded by the reversal of a fling or throw
23a Lark about entertaining old soldiers (6)
The reversal (about) of a verb meaning to lark or frolic around (entertaining) O(ld)
24a Scales, perhaps, everything back after cut (8)
The first name of a famous actress is derived by reversing a three-letter word meaning everything after a verb meaning to cut
26a Book dedication of egotist (4)
Split as (2,2) this could be the dedication of egotist
1d Songwriters call up securing one in charts (9)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a three-letter word meaning to call or shout around (securing) I (one) all inside some charts
2d International sportsman with skill getting bronze — he enhanced many grounds (10,5)
A three-letter International sportsman followed by a word meaning skill and a word meaning bronze – Mrs BD and I visited one of the grounds that he enhanced last week
4d Brief agreement raised as gesture of respect (7)
An adjective meaning brief is followed by the reversal (raised in a down clue) of a word of agreement
5d Stolid politician, one accosted by drunk (7)
Our usual politician and I (one) inside a colloquial word for a drunk
15d Angus turned up with mysterious source of sweetness (5,4)
The familiar name for someone called Angus is reversed (turned up in a down clue) and followed by an adjective meaning mysterious
17d Anything from Yorkshire upset a couple (3)
The reversal of a Yorkshire word for anything
20d Talk at length about old stamp (7)
A word meaning old followed by a verb meaning to stamp
21d Carry on miles — something regarded with awe (5)
A verb meaning to carry followed by (on in a down clue) M(iles)
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The Quick Crossword pun: belle+greyed=Belgrade