Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28677 (Hints)
The 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 Levity is unpleasant for the elderly (8)
If the answer is split (3,2,3) it could just about mean unpleasant for the elderly
5a Learned thoroughly from Englishwoman or Irishman (3,3)
A three-letter word meaning from followed by a forename that could be that of an English woman or an Irish (or English!) man
9a About to get showiest clothes in factory? (8)
A two-letter word meaning about or concerning followed by one’s showiest clothes
12a Metalworker, one whose plans became firm? (7)
This person’s plans could be the start of a firm or company
13a Sheet anchor (11)
This heavy item “anchors” sheets, typically on a desk
16a Excessive admiration — from Leander? (4-7)
This could be what drove Leander to swim the Hellespont every night, until he drowned!
23a Not in suitable gear (6)
A three-letter word meaning “not in” is followed by one meaning suitable
24a Convinced it is more than zero (8)
This double definition is a lot easier to solve than it might seem at first
26a Extremely healthy, or OK (4,4)
1d Treasurer that’s bent rubs artist up the wrong way (6)
This treasurer of a school, or similar organisation, is derived from an anagram (bent) of RUBS followed by the reversal of our usual artist
2d Reduce tension in exercise after low marks (6)
A verb meaning to exercise or deal with after three very low marks in an examination
7d Example is made of soldier — understand thousand supporting that (8)
An airborne soldier is followed by (supporting in a down clue) a three-letter verb meaning to understand or get and the Roman numeral for a thousand
12d In addition, hide article on Resistance, said Heath (11)
A charade of the hide of an animal, the definite article, R(esistance) and what sounds like (said) a heath
14d Dark grey tea Carol brewed (8)
This looks as if it ought to be an anagram of TEA CAROL, but it’s actually a colloquial word for tea followed by an anagram (brewed) of CAROL
15d A capital — as the locals write it, it faces north, cold and fragrant (8)
The A, gifted from the clue, is followed by how the locals spell this European capital city, the reversal (faces north in a down clue) of IT and C(old)
18d According to the radio, deprived urban area shows dearth (7)
What sounds like (according to the radio) an adjective meaning deprived is followed by an urban area
19d Look pleased about one’s figure (6)
A verb meaning to look pleased around I (one) gives this figure of speech
20d Begun realignment to reveal fake (6)
Hidden (to reveal) inside the clue
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