Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28653 (Hints)
Big Dave’s 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 Very end of May — that comes after May (6)
According to Chambers the definition is an “adverb (now informal, usually with a tinge of irony except in US)” – put the final letter (end) of [Ma]Y after a word meaning may, without the deliberately misdirecting capital letter
9a Not far off being involved in barney (6)
An anagram (being involved) of BARNEY – the enumeration could equally have been (4,2) or (4-2), all are valid
10a Generous worker foregoes a certain amount (8)
A worker in front of (foregoes) a certain amount – it’s no wonder that foreigners have difficulty with the English language when to forego can mean either to go before or to go without
14a Chap after dieting who’s often seen in dock? (10)
Split as (7,3) this could describe a chap after he has been dieting – it’s not a prisoner but someone who might be found working in a dock
22a Biased, but perhaps wholly right (3-5)
… it can also mean wholly left, but that wouldn’t achieve the misdirection of right meaning correct
23a Get one’s case cleared … (6)
A cryptic definition of what one might do to one’s case when arriving in a holiday destination
24a … if served (8)
My “clue of the day” is a simple but effective double definition
25a Bump mum off for estate? (6)
… closely followed by this one which needs to be split (2,2,2) in order to understand the wordplay
27a Scattered tattered trews — new to follow (6)
A very simple anagram (tattered) of TREWS followed by N(ew)
1d Kind of record set ahead of college game (8)
A kind of vinyl record with only one sound track followed by a shortened word for a college traditionally offering a wide variety of vocational courses
2d Short woman is teasing in party clothes (4,4)
The short version of a woman’s name followed by a verb meaning is teasing
The royalties from this song by Mike d’Abo (at the time the lead singer with Manfred Mann, having replaced Paul Jones in 1966) have kept him comfortably off for life
3d Catalogue not allowed after the usual time (8)
The definition here is a verb – a word meaning not allowed is followed by one meaning after the usual time
8d Read about my being vague (6)
An anagram (about) of READ followed by MY from the clue
15d Make an impression and refuse to agree (5,3)
Chambers has these two definitions of this phrasal verb
16d Adventure in our time, boarding flight (8)
The non-pc suffix meaning in our time (oh how I dislike the phrase Common Era) inside a flight or getaway
19d Metal detector? (6)
Note that detector is followed by a question mark to indicate that it is not the actual word used for this person who detects – I loved this story of the metal detectorists who thought they had unearthed a stash of Roman gold coins only to find that the “coins” were a prop for a TV sitcom
21d Revolt is encircled, apparently (6)
Put IS in a word which indicates that it is encircled
The Crossword Club is now open.
I would like to echo what Senf said last weekend – we try to select the more difficult clues for these hints, but any clue is only easy if you know the answer. Feel free to write to me (use the Contact page) on Saturday morning to suggest a clue or two for inclusion. I’m sorry, but I can’t answer queries directly, only via the hints.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pill+gramme+age=pilgrimage