Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28701 (Hints)
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Big Dave is suffering from hard disk problems currently so any blame for the inadequacies of today’s hints should be directed at me. 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’ve tried to select the clues I expect to cause the most difficulty, feel free to ask for help on any others – but please read (and obey) 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 Steal and finish up here? (4)
Two meanings – an informal verb to steal and another informal word for where a thief may end up.
3a Ring for service in Jewish bakery? (5)
Cryptic definition of a ring-shaped “holy” foodstuff that you may be served in a Jewish bakery. This doesn’t work terribly well for me.
11a Column from this writer, penetrating wall-to-wall coverage? (8)
Insert the subjective pronoun identifying ‘this writer’ into what’s used to give a smooth surface to internal walls. The answer is a rectangular column, especially one projecting from a wall.
15a Right to head left, diverting more in shock (6)
Reverse (heading left, in an across clue) the usual 2-letter abbreviation for right and add an anagram (diverting) of MORE.
17a City with west-facing heath, setting for soap action? (8)
A delightful cryptic definition. Start with the name of an historic city in Somerset (where there’ll be gloom today following their trouncing by the mighty Exeter Chiefs in the Anglo-Welsh Cup Final yesterday) and then reverse (west-facing in an across clue) another word for a heath.
25a Food left in cooler (4)
Insert the abbreviation for left into a piece of apparatus used to cool the air.
1d Another thing — caps must be raised in place of entertainment (9)
An anagram (another) of THING followed by the reversal of a verb meaning caps or outdoes.
2d Guided a jerk over castle (7)
Join together a verb meaning guided or conducted, A and a facial jerk then reverse (over) the lot.
4d Toff, defenceless clerk, becomes more kind (7)
A word for a toff followed by the inner letters (i.e. defenceless or without outer protection) of ‘clerk’.
6d Duck person doing spadework (9)
Double definition, the first a type of duck with a broad bill.
13d Film director‘s thumb on part of gun (9)
A verb to thumb (by the side of a road, say) followed by a word for the firing lever of a gun.
17d Checkout lines (7)
Cryptic definition of the black lines used to identify what you’ve purchased at the supermarket checkout.
20d Cast finished, as one might say (5)
We need a homophone of a word meaning finished or over. ‘Cast’ here is a verb in the past tense.
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