Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28570 (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 Security wanting all to clear off (10)
An anagram (off) of ALL TO CLEAR
10a Compass moved quickly, finally pointing east (5)
A verb meaning moved quickly followed by the final letter of [pointin]G and E(ast)
12a Colourful creature, something in the garden to be eaten by cat? (8)
Something found in a garden which is particularly useful at this time of the tear (1,4) inside the type of animal of which a cat is an example (indicated by the question mark)
15a Bans partner’s parents after divorce? (7)
Start with one’s partners parents and change to first part to sort of indicate that they are divorced
17a Expressionless corpse with power to drive medium away (7)
Start with a corpse (4,3) and insert P(ower) instead of M(edium)
21a Get into shape before couple’s announcement (7)
A prefix meaning before followed by what sounds like (announcement) a couple
24a One hanging on where falling soldier might be found (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be where a soldier who jumps out of an aircraft might be found
30a Weaknesses shown by supporters of Cassius? (4,2,4)
I liked this one – it’s got nothing to do with Ancient Rome and everything to do with the birth name of a former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and the “supporters” on which he stood
1d Swimmer in quartet among 18 from the south (4)
The reversal (from the south in a down clue) of the first four letters (quartet) of the answer to 18 Down
4d Timelessly seductive woman is queen (7)
Drop both T(ime)s from a seductive woman to get a female ruler (queen)
5d Work in ‘Bill & Ted’ took over (7)
The two-letter musical work sandwiched between a bill or poster and TED from the clue
9d Look up Eastern wine — it enhances the memory (8)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a quick look is followed by a wine from an Eastern country
14d Story put out, very heartless and confused (5-5)
An anagram (out) of STORY PUT followed by V[er]Y without its inner letters (heartless)
18d Realistic after rehearsal, shortened a line (9)
Start with a rehearsal, drop its final letter (shortened) and add the A from the clue and L(ine)
21d Swapping RE, senior pupil gets 10/10? (7)
Start with a senior pupil and swap the RE round
23d Professional leaving right and left boot out (5)
Start with a professional, drop (leaving) the R(igh)T and add L(eft)
26d Partner runs from part of tennis match (4)
Drop the R(uns) from a phase of play that may happen during a game in a tennis match
The Crossword Club is now open.
I’m off to the Village Café and Market – back around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: letters+spray=let us pray