Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28683 (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. Although I try to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read the instructions in red at the end of this post.
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 Finding university by accident, almost (10)
U(niversity) followed by what is almost, but not quite, an accident (4,5)
10a Trainee accountant upset Irish priest (5)
A Scottish or Canadian accountant followed by the reversal of the name of an Irish TV priest
12a Terrorists capturing second priest from the Holy Land (7)
Some Irish terrorists around (capturing) S(econd) and followed by an Old Testament priest
13a Was tunnelling long time to get outside new prison (7)
A three-letter verb meaning was tunnelling and a long period of time around N(ew)
18a Putting emphasis on not getting enough runs? (12)
Split as (5,7) this could mean not getting enough runs in a cricket match – well done England for not doing this in the final One-Day International
21a What golfer should avoid missing middle of green all the way? (7)
Where any golfer should try to avoid (3,5), then drop the middle letter of grEen
24a Unfortunate occurrence in fluid mechanics (9)
This unfortunate occurrence is a neat anagram (fluid) of MECHANICS
27a One forecasts where manta will swarm (10)
An anagram (will swarm) of WHERE MANTA
1d Ancient city feature — feral child (6)
Our usual ancient city followed by a facial feature
2d Bear close on river (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to close or finish followed by a river in North Yorkshire
3d Men upset with TV presenter’s overlooking a corrupt feature of Parliament once (6,8)
The reversal (upset in a down clue) of one of our usual suspects for men is followed by the surname of a TV presenter, who has become a National Treasure, without (overlooking) the initial A but with the S from ‘S
7d Left savages corrupt US city (3,5)
L(eft) followed by an anagram (corrupt) of SAVAGES gives me an excuse to include an Elvis video, but I decided to include the cover version by ZZ Top instead
9d Criminal band done nicely — they robbed banks (6,3,5)
This anagram (criminal) of BAND DONE NICELY gives another video opportunity
16d Patron‘s order accepted by one who fought Indians (8)
An Order of Merit inside (accepted by) the surname of the US General who famously died fighting the Indians
17d It may be possible to make Mars visit one day (1,4,3)
Put the Greek equivalent of the Roman war god Mars inside I (one) and DAY from the clue
19d Chaos has Prime Minister on edge (6)
Our current Prime Minister is a gift to crossword setters – her surname is followed by an edge or border
22d Joint complaint when wife’s ignored (5)
Start with a complaint and drop the W(ife)
The Crossword Club is now open.
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The Quick Crossword pun: wart+abyss+kits=water biscuits