Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28588 (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 Bolshie footballer (4-6)
With the hyphen it’s a bolshie or person with radical views, without it’s a player in football
6a Outrageous Australian with English genetic make-up (4)
This outrageous Australian Dame, played by Barry Humphries, is derived from E(nglish) and the three-letter abbreviation for genetic make-up
9a Cure a troublemaker from the Fifties with an obsession (7)
A charade of a three-letter cure, the A from the clue and a Fifties youth with a reputation for making trouble
12a Act to restore control say people wanting Brexit ultimately (13)
Another charade – a four-letter word meaning to control, a five-letter verb meaning to say, some people and the final letter (ultimately) of [Brexi]T
14a Power cut is heartless shocking thing (6)
Drop the middle letter (heartless) from a shocking thing
17a Contains nuts, OK (8)
… yes, it’s simply an anagram (nuts)!
24a Biblical villain’s exercises (7)
A villain from the New Testament followed by the S from ‘S
26a Legal documents cited posh hotel (4)
This posh hotel sounds like (cited) some legal documents
27a One predicts future star remixing old record by Queen (10)
An anagram (remixing) of STAR followed by O(ld), a record kept by a ship’s captain and the regnal cipher of our Queen
1d Fine to be carried in illuminated hoist (4)
F(ine) inside (to be carried in) a word meaning illuminated
2d Trade Secretary leads 1 Across a merry dance (7)
It can be dodgy referring to the positions currently held by politicians, but last time I checked this one was still the Trade Secretary or, more accurately, Secretary of State for International Trade – add someone who is a 1 Across to get a merry dance
4d New German car’s failing to start on motorway being out of gear (6)
N(ew), a German car without its initial letter (failing to start), the S from ‘S and M(otorway)
7d Face shock treatment in a manner of speaking (7)
A face, typically that of a timepiece, followed by the three-letter abbreviation for a treatment using electric shocks
8d Contrary contribution to Christian tithes I subscribe (10)
A ten-letter lurker (hidden word) in which, while contribution may appear to be performing double duty, the first word can also be a noun
18d Informal letter from fundraising broadcast upset hospital left out (7)
Start with a fundraising broadcast, like last night’s one in aid of Children in Need, reverse it (upset in a down clue) and finally drop (left out) the H(ospital)
20d Margaret welcomes alien in tryst (7)
A three-letter short form of the name Margaret around (welcomes) Spielberg’s alien and IN from the clue
23d One does for fish (4)
A “lady who does” is also the name of a type of fish
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The Quick Crossword pun: cyst+Erin+lore=sister-in-law