Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28713 (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 Take advantantage advantage of what Italy and India have reported (10)
Ignore the obvious spelling error (now corrected on the Telegraph Puzzles website) and concentrate on what the names of the two countries concerned have in common (7,2) – the answer is a word that sounds like (have reported) this characteristic
9a Caught mistress taking tea? One could be lucky (10)
C(aught) followed by a mistress and the part of a plant of which tea is an example (a definition-by-example that is indicated by the question mark)
12a Device for carrying babies (6)
Two definitions – a bed supported on poles (device for carrying), for transporting a sick person, and brood of young (babies) born to an animal
13a In the red, fashionable music maker (8)
Inside a shade of red insert a two-letter adjective meaning fashionable
18a Wife fighting to secure high-class sale (5,7)
A cockney word for wife followed by some fighting around (to secure) the letter used to represent high-class
21a/22a It involves tricks to tighten with spanner (8,6)
This game that involves tricks is a charade of a verb meaning to tighten and something that spans (spanner)
22a See 21 Across
24a What may catch something like a fly (4)
Two definitions – something that may be used to catch and a type of light carriage like a fly
27a In Lib-Dem leader I will replace ace making comeback that can’t be beaten (10)
Start with the IN from the clue and the name of the current (at the time of writing!) Lib-Dem leader (5,5) then the I from the clue is used to replace the reversal (making comeback) of ACE
1d Set up the French seafood (6)
A verb meaning to set up, for example, a gun so that it is ready to fire is followed by the French definite article
3d The people shooting arrows here in classic Western (3,9)
Split as (5,7) this could be the people shooting arrows
5d Steady partner, one from the same place? (10)
An adjective meaning steady followed by a partner gives a term that used to mean a horse from the same place, but is now used more generally
8d Island’s character is essential element (8)
A three-letter word for low island or reef and the S from ‘S followed by a word meaning the character or quality of a sound
14d Command having entered 9 perhaps (10)
Split as (2,8) this could indicate having entered a road system of which 9 Across could be (perhaps) an example
17d Colour newspaper (8)
Two definitions – a colour or flag marking a rallying point and a rag edited by George Osborne, of whom the less said the better
19d Get attached to film publicity brothers brought up (6)
A two-letter word meaning publicity followed by the reversal (brought up in a down clue) of the abbreviation for brothers
23d Fairy queen hugged by Greek character (4)
Our queen’s regnal cipher inside (hugged by) a letter (character) in the Greek alphabet
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The Quick Crossword pun: roam+antic=romantic