Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28576 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Morning all! Busy day today with the Times Crossword Championships in London (Good luck to Crypticsue, Verlaine and any other bods from round here taking part) Sadly I have to miss the event as I’m running a Grand Prix Quiz event on the Wirral at Hoylake and will have several Eggheads and Chasers taking part to try and uphold their quiz status. There are a few of these around the country on the first Saturday of each month and if you ever fancy taking on the great and good of quizzing, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction.
This is quite a tricky Saturday puzzle which I would guess is by our Mysteron. I’ve tried to help with some of the trickier clues. I’m hoping Gazza will be along with the pictures later as I can’t upload them for some reason. I will be popping in and out during the day between quiz rounds and keeping an eye on things. So you have to play really nicely today.
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 Declines credit for essential car accessory (8)
A word meaning declines as in the sense of rise and fall, plus a slang word for credit should give you this part of a car engine.
11a Celebration of moving conflict between two dynasties (5-7)
The general name for a dynasty and the particular name for a Chinese one have a word meaning conflict between them to give you something that happens after moving home.
16a ‘House’ might split for this (4)
This I suspect is a cryptic definition. Think of a split house.
21a Drunk cuts meal, getting wine (8)
Drunk usually means an anagram indicator, and so it is here. It will lead you to a type of wine.
23a Complain about northern girl on stage — an angel? (12)
A name for a woman who may be seen as an angel for her actions. A word meaning complain goes around N for northern and add the name of a lady on stage.
28a Second display of grief is extensive (8)
The abbreviation for S, plus what you do when you are upset give a word meaning extensive
2d Friend early to catch a train initially (8)
A word for someone who is a friend is found by taking an expressing meaning early and inserting A and the first letter of train.
3d Who’s disported at posh cities? (12)
A word for someone who may be said to be disported (go on look it up!) is an anagram of the remainder of the clue. This is a sort of all in one clue with no anagram indicator as such.
16d Like mule delivered after objections raised (8)
A word to describe a mule is found by taking a word for injections and reversing it and then adding something that means delivered (in the medical sense).
12d Skill in shooting 1000 boats, with crew on another boat (12)
The name for the particular skill is found by solving the word sum. 1000 in Roman numerals + name for old boats + a word meaning to crew + another vessel.
24d North American provided opposite of 3 (4)
The abbreviation for North American and a short word meaning provided (as in condition) gives a French word that is the opposite of 3 down.
25d Counts slugs (4)
A double definition with the second relating to the shorts consumed at today’s gathering!
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The Quick Crossword pun: board+Acol+lee=Border Collie