Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28641 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Yesterday Jan, Tom Pride’s partner, sent me the following email:
“Would you be so kind as to pass on my heartfelt thanks to all your bloggers who posted so kindly about Tom. They were all on show at his funeral. Your readers might like to read his obituary which appears today in The Times.”
The link to the obituary was published in a couple of places on here yesterday – https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tom-pride-obituary-dlb609zqs – but this is actually behind the Times paywall. If you subscribe to the Times you should have no difficulty reading it, failing that you can register with the website and view two articles a week without paying the subscription (which is what I did). Alternatively you can email me via the contact page and I’ll send you a copy. I particularly like the bit about us – “Another passion was crosswords; he contributed to a crossword blog and would attend conventions with fellow fanatics from all over the world.”.
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 Detectives arresting sailor come over with all having their say (10)
A team of detectives around a three-letter word for a sailor and COME from the clue, all reversed (over)
10a They show where letters should be posted (9)
A sort of cryptic definition of the correct order of letters in a word
13a Female back exercises, these things counted when one retires (5)
The female pronoun followed by the reversal of some exercises – retires here means goes to bed not giving up work!
17a Hobbles in turning for example — short sight? (7)
A verb meaning hobbles inside the reversal of the Latin abbreviation of “for example”
19a Posh Bond girl that’s torn off a strip (7)
The single-letter that represents posh followed by the surname of the first Bond girl without (torn off) the A
22a Figure that becomes double after spitting (5)
Put this figure after the word “Spitting” to get a double or doppelgänger
24a Oh dear, rejected embracing bad actor in soap! (7)
An exclamation meaning “Oh dear” reversed (rejected) around (embracing) a bad actor
28a It sounds like a female relative isn’t for you? (5)
This abbreviated phrase meaning is not in the second person (for you) sounds like a female relative
30a Exploding star and new moon observed by Queen’s scientist (10)
An anagram (exploding) of STAR followed by an anagram (new) of MOON and the Queen’s regnal cipher
1d What cheats do in football club that’s dodgy? (4)
Two definitions – take care with splitting the clue
2d Find 22 rocks blown up (9)
An anagram (rocks) of FIND and the answer to 22 Across
5d Diving bird caught one coming up, big thing mostly submerged (7)
A diving bird followed by C(aught) and I (one), all reversed (coming up in a down clue)
8d Withdraws expensive limiting ISA on behalf of son (10)
An adjective meaning expensive around ISA from the clue and a two-letter abbreviation meaning “on behalf of” and followed by S(on)
14d Familiar kind of service entertains twee daughter (10)
A kind of tennis service around (entertains) an adjective meaning twee and followed by D(aughter)
20d They’re girls and women, not only children (7)
I’d like to think that there is more to this clue than a cryptic definition of women who can be girls or children, but if there is then I can’t find it These girls / women must have siblings, so they are not “only children” – Thanks Gazza et al
23d Beer and porter, at heart, will make one dozy? The opposite (5)
A type of beer followed by the middle letters of porter gives an adjective meaning the opposite of dozy
26d Step, missing a beat (4)
Drop (missing) the A from a step
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The Quick Crossword pun: mouse+cart+ear=musketeer