Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28618 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Merry Christmas. 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 Problem, queen possibly admits, is gossip (4-4)
A five-letter problem goes inside what could be (possibly) a female domestic animal
12a Tinseltown broadcaster with excellent backing in country (6)
The two-letter abbreviation of the US city known as Tinseltown followed by a broadcast medium and the reversal of an adjective meaning excellent
13a Very cold energy to give away? (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be energy to give away
20a Worker flush, perhaps? (4)
… a flush is five cards of the same suit in poker
21a Given guidance, American English grasped by the masses (7)
A two-letter abbreviation for American followed by E(nglish) inside (grasped by) the masses
28a Number in round, unknown figure (6)
A three-letter number and IN from the clue reversed (round) and followed by a mathematical unknown
29a Scoundrel heading for bar before match? (8)
The initial letter (heading) of B[ar] followed by a match or vesta
30a Attempt to impress that man with old supposition (6)
An attempt around the male pronoun and O(ld)
31a By the sound of it wet, beloved animal (8)
This animal, topical at this time of year, when split as (4,4) sounds like wet weather and beloved
1d Pretty modest about me getting first in linguistics (6)
A three-letter adjective meaning modest around ME from the clue and the initial letter (first) of L[inguistics]
2d Native visited restaurant after pub (6)
A verb that says what one did when visiting a restaurant preceded by a pub
6d Country that’s a let-down? (6)
Two definitions – the second being a play, film, etc. that is a complete failure
8d Breaking metal chains say, right message (8)
An anagram (breaking) of METAL around (chains) the two-letter Latin abbreviation for say (for example) and R(ight)
17d Horse, old joke (8)
18d Oz girl leads state (8)
The measure of weight that is abbreviated to oz preceded by a girl’s name gives a verb meaning to state
22d One slipping on ice takes off, ending on floor (6)
An anagram (off) of TAKES followed by the final letter (ending) of [floo]R
27d Fruit that takes time, we hear? (4)
If you “bunged in” a fruit that is also a time, then you didn’t read the clue – this fruit sounds like (we hear) an adjective meaning takes time or unhurried
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The Quick Crossword pun: bran+deep+utter=brandy butter