Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28564 (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 Support initiation for priest with endless money — he gets a cheap holiday (10)
A four-letter verb meaning to support followed by P(riest) and a colloquial word for money without its final letter (endless)
11a Drug case arousing memories (9)
One of our usual drugs is followed by a grammatical case
13a Dish served in Edinburgh, hot and rather bewitching? (7)
A typical Scottish dish (served in Edinburgh) is followed by H(ot)
14a Splashing out no penny, miser makes profitable business (5-7)
A not-so-obvious anagram (splashing out) of NO PENNY MISER
23a Lack of practice in support for responsible person (7)
A four-letter word meaning lack of practice inside the support for a golf ball
25a Spring flower‘s spike to keep bulb free of bees? (5)
A spike or extreme end around [b]UL[b] without (free of) the Bs (bees)
26a ‘Rag Trade’ not traditional fashion (4)
Easier than it looks – drop TRAD(itional), as in Trad Jazz, from the first two words in the clue
27a One’s business is taking a dive (10)
A cryptic definition of the former occupation of Son of BD and ShropshireLad, when they were in the Navy
1d Suit live issue (6)
A two-letter verb meaning to live followed by a verb meaning to issue or emerge
3d Sort of racehorse show with gun dog (5-2-7)
A phrasal verb meaning to show (5,2) followed by a gun dog
4d Miserable poet’s always left absorbed in board game (9)
The three-letter poetic word for always and L(eft) inside a board game
7d Books comprising treason, start to finish (8)
These books are derived by moving the initial letter of a word meaning treason to the end (start to finish) – the fact that the answer is plural should help with working out the first letter of the word for treason
8d God beset by prayer for large number (8)
A four-letter Scandinavian god inside a four-letter prayer
9d Lawyers win and resist source of cheap goods (7,7)
A three-letter word for a group of lawyers followed by a verb meaning to win or achieve and a verb meaning to resist
17d US President nearly a century ago keeping old poster (8)
The surname of a US president who died while in office nearly a century ago around (keeping) O(ld)
19d Knight under scarf is hot (6)
… hot in the sense of obtained dishonestly
22d Oriental poem with sound of excited talk as lovebirds do (5)
This Japanese poem sounds like an adjective meaning excited and a verb meaning to talk as lovebirds do
The Crossword Club is now open.
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