Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28671 (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 Strip having turned brown bathing in river (6)
The reversal (having turned) of a shade of brown inside a river
9a Crazy person from Northern Ireland area absorbed in computer (6)
The abbreviations for Northern Ireland and Area inside a type of computer
10a Greek character cheers collecting ultimately excellent marks (8)
A letter (character) of the Greek alphabet and a two-letter a colloquial word for cheers around (collecting) the final letter (ultimately) of [excellen]T
14a Refined frigid brunettes I’d abandoned — one wouldn’t make much of a catch! (13)
An anagram (refined) of FRIG[ID] BRUNETTES after I’D has been dropped (abandoned)
23a Front of book, e.g. Master and Servant (5,4)
An appellation of which Master is an example (e.g.) followed by a servant
24a Temperature right in old Spanish kingdom to produce aromatic herb (8)
T(emperature) followed by R(ight) inside an old Spanish kingdom
26a Looks for food and shelter initially having no fixed abode (8)
This delightful word meaning burrows into the ground for food is followed by the initial letter of S[helter]
27a Strapping king in private room (6)
The Latin abbreviation for king inside a private room
1d Spoil mother with advance of years (6)
A mother, usually one in the animal kingdom, followed by the advance of years that gets us all!
3d Curse about engineer briefly coming up in police hunt (7)
An interjection used as a curse around the reversal (coming up in a down clue) of the abbreviation of ENG(ineer) gives a systematic police search for a wanted person
5d Learn precisely what to do for post in Greendale (3,2,3,3)
This could mean what you have to do to collect your post from the fictional postman who lives in Greendale
8d Provide more weapons for East German last of all (8)
This verb meaning to provide more weapons is followed by the German for East
15d Person in Crowd Scene One in movie, concealing head — fan? (9)
It’s all in where you split the wordplay! – a person in a crowd scene is followed by someone in a movie without (concealing) their initial letter (head)
16d Classic sports car — Micra’s crashed catching it (8)
This classic sports car, manufactured by Reliant with an engine provided by Ford, comes from an anagram (crashed) of MICRA’S around (catching) IT from the clue
20d Pay agriculture department unknown amount (6)
The abbreviation for the Government department responsible for, among other things, agriculture is followed by a mathematical unknown
22d Piece of bric-a-brac made of copper and gold turned up around India (5)
The chemical symbol for copper followed by the reversal (turned up in a down clue) of the heraldic term for gold around the letter represented in the NATO Phonetic alphabet by India
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back after my monthly visit to the Village Café & Market.
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The Quick Crossword pun: cook+kook+lock=cuckoo clock
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