Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28659 (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 Superior stock fear her presence when aroused (10,5)
An anagram (when aroused) of FEAR HER PRESENCE
11a False tale about strength of character (5)
A charade of a three-letter false tale or lie and a word meaning about
12a Novel article in shop, kind of ceramic (9)
A three-letter word meaning novel and the indefinite article inside a large shop
14a Religious education needed by man who has big shoes to fill? (6)
The abbreviation for Religious Education followed by a man
16a Back round university, indolent (6)
The back or dorsum around U(niversity)
22a Supporters get mad gathering in honour of United (9)
A verb meaning to get mad around (gathering) a two-letter word meaning in honour of and U(nited)
25a Easily persuaded man to take up jangling a bell (9)
A four-letter word for man around (to take up) an anagram (jangling) of A BELL
26a Enjoy your company, but clear off (3,5,4,3)
This could mean to enjoy your company but it’s actually a phrase meaning “clear off” or “go away”
1d Calm account provided in movie (7)
The abbreviation for AC(count) and the two-letter word meaning provided or “on condition that” inside a movie
2d Dress in ermine, standing up in novel bonnet (7)
Hidden (in) and reversed (standing up in a down clue) inside the clue
4d Captain in Eastern sea showing relief (8)
A captain or chief inside E(astern) and a sea – relief here is a method of moulding in which the design stands out from the surface
7d Excite special quality in semiprecious stone (7)
That special quality or appeal inside a semiprecious stone
8d Beg companion to be excused from ballet manoeuvre (7)
Drop CH (Companion of Honour) from a leap during which a dancer beats his or her heels together (ballet manoeuvre)
16d Whole lot chanted about Hebrews (7)
A verb meaning chanted around the abbreviation for the biblical book HEB(rews)
19d Agree to restrict nasty smell made by piece of furniture (7)
A verb meaning to agree around (to restrict) a two-letter nasty smell
21d Swimmer married in elegant room (6)
In Crosswordland a swimmer is usually a fish, and this one is no exception – put M(arried) inside an elegant room
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The Quick Crossword pun: Delius+myth=Delia Smith