Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28665 (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 Calculation by girl without delay (7)
A three-letter calculation followed by a girl’s name
9a Cool US soldier in rain gear (5)
A colloquial use of cool in the sense of excellent is derived by putting an item of rain gear around our usual US soldier
10a Film magazines? Put tons in boxes (9)
A word meaning to put and T(ons) inside some boxes
11a Temptation to pinch one three times to reveal texts (10)
A temptation or enticement around (to pinch) I (one), T(ime), a long period of time and T(ime) (time + time + time = three times)
25a Important German city — it is round a lake (9)
A German city followed by the reversal (is round) of IT, the A from the clue and L(ake)
26a Looking from the East, name part of UK that’s ready to blossom (2,3)
A verb meaning to name and the two-letter abbreviation for a part of the UK, all reversed (looking from the East in an across clue)
27a Low quality? (7)
The quality of feeling low or sorrowful
28a Dashed dog, having nothing to eat, shows
resentement resentment (7)
A three-letter verb meaning dashed followed by a worthless dog around (to eat) the letter that resembles nothing
1d Son with great taste (6)
S(on) is followed by an adjective meaning great or considerable
2d Could pay, putting away father’s stout (6)
A five-letter word meaning could (although pedants could argue that they do not have the same meaning!) followed by (pa)Y without (putting away) PA (father)
3d Lacy shifts worn by one in church without any slips (10)
An anagram (shifts) of LACY around a clergyman (one who assists a vicar)
7d Religious person caught cold hosting at Hindu festival (8)
C(aught) and C(old) around (hosting) AT from the clue and a Hindu spring festival
15d Abigail fibs about information technology skills (9)
ABI(gail) followed by some fibs around I(nformation) T(echnology)
17d Is shedding one lock of hair? Edward’s worried (8)
Start with (I)S without (shedding) I (one) and then add a lock of hair and ED(ward)
23d King perhaps left after game with the Queen (5)
L(eft) after a game and before (with) the Queen’s regnal cipher
24d Plant expert secures stake (4)
hidden (secures) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: writers+reign=right as rain