Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28558 (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 Troops ordered to accept tackle (7)
A four-letter verb meaning ordered or commanded around some tackle or kit
10a Flashy fliers leading swimmers (7)
Our usual fliers followed by (leading) some swimmers
12a Article set out how to become famous rock group? (3,3)
The definite article followed by an anagram (set out) of HOW
13a Bill promises to pay after repair, being dishonest (10)
One of our usual bills is followed by our usual promises to pay and preceded by a verb meaning to repair
16a Scheme news boss threw out (9)
A scheme is followed by a two-letter newspaper boss
25a Frantic having refined novel, penning the last character (8)
An anagram (novel) of REFINED around (penning) the last character in the alphabet
27a Need to have verse in poetry replaced (7)
V(erse) inside an anagram (replaced) of POETRY
29a Someone on boat beginning to sell fish (7)
The initial letter (beginning) of S[ell] followed by a smoked fish [BD’s favourite!]
2d Getting to feeling pain again (8)
Split as (2-6) this could mean feeling pain again
3d Present coverage in newspaper after US soldier stole (4,4)
A two-letter newspaper preceded by our usual US soldier and followed by another word for a stole or shawl
4d Record on order — keep being inconvenience! (10)
A four-letter music record followed by an order awarded for eminence in any field and another word for a keep
7d Case on which one takes a stand, so to speak (7)
This case is typically used by politicians to stand above those around them
11d Take notice of circling scruff limiting parking, getting browbeaten (9)
A four-letter verb meaning to take notice of around (circling) the scruff or nape itself around (limiting) P(arking)
14d Sweet wine — it’ll be felt later on (10)
A six-letter a colloquial word for a sweet or dessert followed by a type of wine
17d Bring to light boat having stopped short abruptly in the middle (6,2)
… abruptly in the middle is the middle letters of abruptly!
19d Having Elvis hairstyle, I will be knocked out by a drunk (7)
Start with an adjective meaning having an Elvis hairstyle and replace (knocked out) the I by an A to get a verb meaning drunk
23d Run on guide to London or South — they’re used for short cuts every morning (6)
A charade of R(un), a street guide to London, OR from the clue and S(outh)
26d Italian 11 Across that erupts in Canterbury? (4)
Hidden (in) and reversed (erupts) inside the clue – doesn’t work for me even if the definition is taken as “Italian 11 Across that erupts”
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The Quick Crossword pun: Heston+blew+menthol=Heston Blumenthal