Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28647 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Mr K
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Hello, everyone. I’m standing in for BD today while he’s busy leading the blog’s ninth birthday celebration.
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 Time limits second fatal quality (10)
Follow some time limits with the abbreviation for second
12a Decline to check current address (13)
Concatenate “to check” or “to stop”, the physics symbol for current, and an address or speech
14a Ceremony accompanying another (6)
Ceremony or ostentation followed by (accompanying) the abbreviated form of an order for distinguished achievement gives a different kind of decoration
15a Sapper, favourite after loading a Queen’s gun (8)
Link together the abbreviation for the British army corps containing sappers, the usual favourite containing (after loading) A from the clue, and the usual abbreviation for Queen Elizabeth
17a I am after gold fake (8)
Combine the contraction of I AM, a synonym of after, and the usual heraldic abbreviation for gold
19a Shining silver light almost encircling earth (6)
The chemical symbol for silver and all but the last letter (almost) of a light source, containing (encircling) the abbreviation for Earth
25a Uncivilised church leader out of work accepts boring routine (7)
Take a senior church leader and delete the usual abbreviation for work (out of work). That collection of letters is then wrapped around (accepts) a boring routine
27a Financial district cash-holder must accept rest being disturbed (4,6)
A folding case for money contains (must accept) an anagram (being disturbed) of REST
1d Stupid duke gets back (4)
The abbreviation for duke, followed by (gets) back on a ship or an aeroplane
4d Unspoilt countryside turning brown over river (6)
A shade of brown reversed (turning), followed by (over, in a down clue) a river in North Yorkshire
5d Given spice — caraway perhaps — a boy is tucking in (8)
A thing of which caraway is an example (… perhaps), with both A from the clue and a synonym of boy inserted (… is tucking in)
8d Friend at airstrip needed radar for instance (10)
An informal word for friend with a (2,5) phrase meaning “at airstrip”
11d Childish game about Emma Peel, say, in crash (9,4)
Fuse together a single-letter abbreviation for about or roughly and what Emma Peel was in a 1960s TV series, and then insert that lot into a slang term for a car crash
13d Booty left for antisocial type (10)
Booty won in a war and the nautical term for left
21d International target investing pounds, billions, separately (6)
A target or aim containing (investing) in different positions (separately) abbreviations for pounds and for billions
23d Talk of clubs with bowler? (4)
The playing card abbreviation for clubs with a thing of which a bowler is an example (indicated by the ?)
The Crossword Club is now open.
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