Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28600 (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 Books for famous steam trains based here? Fools ride so excitedly (4,2,5)
The location of the railway books by the Reverend Awdry is an anagram (excitedly) of FOOLS RIDE SO
11a Putting the accent on it, plies her trade (9)
I “bunged this one in”, as Miffypops might say, and then spent more time working out the wordplay than on all the rest of the puzzle – if you put the accent on plies you get pliés, a movement in which the knees are bent while the body remains upright, and then read it as “pliés are her trade”, you get this lady
12a As partners, going off work in principle (9)
The usual two-letter work inside a principle or fundamental
14a Cleaner polished off and quit (6)
Not our usual cleaning lady, but the shortened form of a device she might use is followed by a verb meaning polished off, as in polished off a meal
18a Cleaner old Lib-Dem is fascinating (8)
This time it is our usual cleaning lady who is followed by the shortened form of the first name of a former leader of the Lib-Dems
20a Father collars Republican — he does go on (6)
The posh (Latin) word for father around R(epublican)
27a It’s exciting — perfect maybe (5)
… or it could be future or past!
28a A neat player fouled somewhere close to goal (7,4)
An anagram (fouled) of A NEAT PLAYER
2d Concentrated attack thus brings in victory the French held up (5)
A two-letter word meaning thus around (held) the reversal (up in a down clue) of V(ictory), as in V-day, with the feminine French definite article
4d Groovy kind of light is legendary (6)
A three-letter adjective meaning groovy followed by a kind of light that is becoming extensively used – The Regents Street Christmas lights use 300,000 of them
5d Offering old boy nothing in the way of classical language (8)
The abbreviation for Old Boy followed by O (nothing) inside a classical language
6d Cause astonishment in old forces’ sweetheart with energy (7)
A charade of O(ld), the first name of the singer known as the forces’ sweetheart, W(ith) and E(nergy)
9d 1’s railway boss stays perhaps (3,10)
What stays might do for someone!
17d A fashionable American soldier’s turned up, succeeding in getting badges (8)
The reversal (turned up in a down clue) of a charade of the A from the clue, a two-letter word meaning fashionable, an American soldier and the S from ‘S preceded by (succeeding) IN from the clue
19d Tennis player — you could see me once with head of racket broken (7)
An anagram (broken) of ME ONCE with the initial letter (head) of R[acket]
25d Register cooker (5)
Two definitions – a musical register and a cooker such as an Aga
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The Quick Crossword pun: awe+gee+bhaji=argy-bargy