Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28707 (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 Excited at a cheap bill with a certain order (12)
An anagram (excited) of AT A CHEAP BILL
11a Two men, both short and small, used as fall guys (7)
The shortened forms of two men’s names followed by S(mall)
12a Top Ten record maybe covered by One Direction, extremely colourless (7)
A three-letter word commonly used to describe a Top Ten record inside one of the four main directions of compass points
16a Examined bug placed by journalist receiving pressure (9)
A six-legged bug and our usual journalist around (receiving) P)ower)
21a Core group of students to welcome around the French university (7)
The usual group of students around (to welcome) the single-letter Latin abbreviation for around, the French definite article and U(niversity)
23a Energy goes before a nap that’s cut short — most convenient! (7)
E(nergy) precedes (goes before) the A from the clue and an afternoon nap without its final letter
24a Left back that is certain to get time off (7)
L(eft) followed by the reversal (back) of the Latin abbreviation for “that is” and an adjective meaning certain
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies
26a Standing alone in deep end moving a bit, pleasant but I must get out (12)
An anagram (moving a bit), or more a case of moving one letter to the end, of IN DEEP END followed by an adjective meaning pleasant without (must get out) the I
1d It could be the thing (7)
Two definitions – the first being a definition by example (it could be) of a part of speech
2d Parking up with pastries for little nippers? (7)
A simple charade of P(arking), UP from the clue and some pastries
3d Creatures great and small grabbing first aid offered by this person? (9)
Two three-letter creatures, one great and one small, around the abbreviation for first
6d Make of liquid I’ve taken in pain (7)
An anagram (liquid) of I’VE inside a pain
7d Sisters’ place with a lino designed to be boring? (12)
… these sisters are nuns
10d This person entering exams works OK (12)
The first person singular pronoun inside some exams (in the UK except Scotland) taken by school students as part of the national curriculum and followed by a woks or plant
17d Cult number one upwardly-mobile area (7)
A cult followed by abbreviations of number and one reversed (upwardly-mobile in a down clue)
18d Carry off pretty trailing flower in Devon (7)
An adjective meaning pretty follows a river (flower) in Devon
22d Rude to axe old boy that’s part of act (5)
Start with a seven-letter adjective meaning rude and drop the abbreviation for Old Boy
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The Quick Crossword pun: roar+spin+itch=raw spinach