Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28623 (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. There are 30 clues in the average crossword puzzle and I have provided hints for around half of them – if you need help with any of the others, just ask.
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 Alternating study and employment in place of golf in Kent? (8,6)
This process that involves alternating study and work could also describe the Royal St George’s golf facility in Kent
9a Riddle: what’s at head of stage coach? (8)
The initial letter (head) of S[tage] followed by someone who coaches
15a I speak ill of key resident (8)
The I from the clue followed by a verb meaning to speak ill of gives the resident of a “key”
16a Outlaw bishop with vermouth (6)
B(ishop) followed by a word meaning with and the abbreviation used for a type of vermouth when added to, for example, gin
20a Frivolous satirical sketch — this upset (8)
A satirical sketch followed by an anagram (upset) of THIS – this looks to be a bit same-both-sidesy
23a Two pieces of furniture I must move, being kind (10)
Take two items of furniture and move the I along
24a Mostly pick up title role in Shakespeare (4)
Most of a verb meaning to pick up or get to know gives the name of this tragic Shakespearean King
28a Criminal hated brother’s accepting of honour (5,2,3,4)
An anagram (criminal) of HATED BROTHER around (accepting) OF from the clue
2d Note talented performer (7)
A deceptive double definition
3d River erosion (4)
… for solvers outside of the UK, this river is in NE England
4d Cut off electric power after criminal’s perplexed (8)
What used to, in the days before contact breakers, cut off electric power is preceded by one of our usual criminals
6d Briefs international agency soldiers about communist uprising seizing power (10)
Briefs here is a noun – an international agency and some six-legged soldiers go around the reversal (uprising)of our usual communist and P(ower) – the wordplay incorrectly suggests that the P(ower) is inside the communist
7d/8d Songbirds caught sight of cobwebs perhaps (7,11)
A verb meaning caught sight of is followed by how cobwebs might be described
11d The holy see it appearing both ways in job opportunity (7,4)
Insert IT and TI (it appearing both ways) into a job opportunity
17d What you need for job putting first drop of sauce in pan (5,3)
Put the initial letter (first drop of) S[auce] inside a pan
22d 60 per cent flummoxed seeing what pandas eat (6)
Start with a ten-letter word meaning flummoxed and take the first six letters (60 per cent)
25d Axe tree with energy (4)
A type of tree followed by (with) E(nergy)
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The Quick Crossword pun: inured+reams=in your dreams