Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28612 (Hints)
The 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 Simple dish homeless patient cooked (7,8)
An anagram (cooked) of HOMELESS PATIENT gives this simple dish made with eggs, potatoes etc.
10a A place to keep things up (5)
Split as (1,4) this is a place to keep things
11a Material from lake along with piece of land in it? (5)
L(ake) is followed by a piece of land that could be in said lake
13a Plant‘s automated payment system rejected debts (8)
The reversal (rejected) of an automated payment system is followed by our usual debts
14a Progress of you and me in Anglican Church (6)
A word meaning “of you and me”, in constructs such as “that house is the one that belongs to you and me”, inside the abbreviation for our Anglican church
16a Monitors report of Bohemians (6)
… these Bohemians are eastern Europeans not hippies!
18a Toper or libertine mostly in retreat, held by doctor and in Germany (8)
The reversal (in retreat) of most of a libertine inside an abbreviation for doctor and the German word for “and”
22a Flops create serif, apparently (9)
Split the answer (4,5) and it gives an instruction that leads to the word serif
25a Person awaited on stage to hold mass, that woman’s sponsor (9)
The person awaited on stage in the famous play by Samuel Beckett goes around M(ass) and is followed by the pronoun for “that woman’s” or “of that woman”
26a Provider of child benefits in disorganised firm hates charts (6,9)
An anagram (disorganised) of FIRM HATES CHARTS
1d Looks happy picking up current figures of speech (7)
A verb meaning looks happy around the symbol used for electric current
2d Forgetting men injured in the East (7)
An anagram (injured) of MEN inside a very large area in the East
3d Imprisoned frequently, I am last to escape with moments to spare (2,3,4,2,4)
I liked this one – imprisoned (2,3,4) is followed by a three-letter word meaning frequently, the shortened version of “I am” and the final letter (last) of [escap]E
4d Simple detective left out joke (8)
Drop (out) the L(eft) from the surname of possibly the world’s best-known detective and add a three-letter joke
6d A felonious agent corrupted worldwide body once (6,2,7)
… this worldwide body existed between the two World Wars
15d Holy warrior terribly scared about pursuit of Saracens (8)
The Saracens were the enemy of this holy warrior – an anagram (terribly) of SCARED around the abbreviation for the sport played by teams like the Saracens
17d Liking to take top off displaying charm (7)
Drop the initial letter from (take top off) a liking or inclination
20d Girl coming out on craft abandons ship (7)
The three-letter shortened version of a girl in her coming-out season followed by some craft, possibly used in times of flood
21d Very unfortunate US soldier in vehicle overturned (6)
Our usual US soldier inside the reversal of a horse-drawn vehicle
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The Quick Crossword pun: four+fitted=forfeited