Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28695 (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 Constant problem at ticket machine if one’s this (10)
If you are like this, then you will have a problem paying for a ticket at a machine – a bit out-of-date as many machines accept card payment nowadays
9a Plunder drink, being antisocial type (10)
A six-letter word for plunder or booty followed by an alcoholic drink
13a Second one making an impression — this person’s fast (8)
S(econd) followed by someone who makes an impression on paper
15a Workplaces of lots of people including top bishop (6,6)
If you take the definition as the first five words in the clue then you have missed half of the wordplay – OF from the clue and lots of people around (including) a colloquial verb meaning to top or kill and B(ishop)
18a Not unusually, former prime minister detains pervert looking for trouble (2,3,7)
An anagram (unusually) of NOT followed by a former prime minister around (detains) A VERB MEANING TO PERVERT
22a Church official comments about receiving kiss (6)
Reverse (about) some comments around (receiving) the letter that can represent a kiss
24a Python at rest (4)
… this Python is a member of Monty Python
25a Potential murder weapon providing clue, very hot (4,6)
… this potential murder weapon was used in early versions of Cluedo
27a Respect man exploding bluff (10)
An anagram (exploding) of RESPECT MAN
1d Man left in class in India (6)
This outdated term for a chessman is derived by putting L(eft) inside an Indian class
2d Soldier collects second acceptable sum (6)
Our usual six-legged soldier around (collects) a two-letter word for a second or brief period of time and the letter that represents social acceptability
5d Refuse to be taken in by these papers’ cash complex (10)
An anagram (complex) of PAPERS’ CASH
7d Vincent perhaps takes part of play in rehearsal (8)
The surname of actor Vincent around a three-letter part of a play
11d While two lips entwined, its flame’s short-lived (4-1-3-4)
This delightful anagram (entwined) of WHILE TWO LIPS gives a pale flame sometimes seen over marshy ground at night.
16d Speaking proudly of snake bite (8)
A large snake followed by a bite from an insect
19d Band journey through Home Counties (6)
Put a four-letter journey inside (through) the part of England where the Home Counties are located
23d Plan to cut out middleman regularly (4)
Follow the instructions and “cut out” the even letters (regularly) of a word in the clue
The Crossword Club is now open.
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The Quick Crossword pun: low+gun+beret=loganberry