Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28594 (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.
bA full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Book accommodation with credit, and transport for Halloween (10)
B(ook) followed by some accommodation and a colloquial word for credit gives a form of transport associated with Halloween
9a Let go manual worker, one taking others for a ride (10)
A verb meaning to let go or release followed by a manual worker gives someone who gains from the efforts of others – although not relevant here, I found it interesting that in Chambers one of the definitions of “take for a ride” is “to give (someone) a lift in a car with the object of murdering him or her in some remote place”
13a Uncertainty following detective arresting Beds town’s dangerous element (9)
An interjection of uncertainty follows a detective (not one in the police) around a town in Bedfordshire
16a Forces politician into terrible lies (6)
Our usual politician inside an anagram (terrible) of LIES
23a Affair resulting in daughter before marriage? (9)
D(aughter) followed by a marriage
26a Animal from island west of Bute extremely cross (4)
Easier than it looks – I(sland) followed by the outer (extreme) letters of B[ut]E and the letter shaped like a cross
28a Prime Minister from European country (not its south-west) (4)
Start with a European country and drop the abbreviation for South-West
29a Persistent crew in the middle, not fast? (10)
The middle letters of [c]RE[w] followed by a word that could mean not fast, where fast is in the sense of abstinence from food
1d Polish expert (4)
Two definitions – a verb and a noun respectively
2d What greedy cat might do in shared area (7)
This could be what a greedy cat might do with a saucer full of milk
7d Sheeran providing something cool, something monumental (7)
The first name of pop singer Sheeran followed by our usual word meaning providing or provided and something that is cool
8d Question Time taking precedence with teacher’s demanding boss (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to question preceded by (taking precedence) T(ime) and followed by a teacher
11d Area where they get the Daily Express? (8,4)
A cryptic definition of the area from which workers travel to a city, typically by train, in order to work
14d Desperate wives’ third card-school (5,5)
An anagram (desperate) of WIVES’ THIRD
21d Record list rewritten by European for Romans, say? (7)
A 4-track vinyl record followed by an anagram (rewritten) of LIST and E(uropean)
25d A sibling’s unchanged (2,2)
The A from the clue followed by the shortened form of a sibling (there are only two, just pick the right one!)
The Crossword Club is now open.
I’ll be back after my monthly visit to the village Café and Market.
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