Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28725 (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 Damage clothes (4)
Two definitions – to damage by continued use and clothes or apparel
9a Bear to undergo pain (6)
Two similar definitions
10a Very much liking posh English sauce (6)
An adjective meaning very much liking followed by the letter that indicates posh and E(nglish)
14a Allow old clock with centre removed to be put in ornamental case (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to allow around (to be put in) O(ld) and C(loc)K with the centre removed
16a It limits animal’s movement or range of endurance (6)
Two definitions – something for confining an animal within certain limits and the extent of one’s endurance
23a Sign to receive adult books in shelter (4-2)
A Zodiac Sign around (to receive) A(dult) and a set of books of the Bible
24a Render unfit for consumption article in plate (8)
Put the indefinite article inside a plate of the kind fitted inside the mouth
26a King succeeded capturing extremely large dependency (4)
The Latin abbreviation for king and s(ucceeded) around (capturing) the abbreviation for extremely large gives a region of Antarctica contentiously claimed as a dependency of New Zealand
1d Method of printing network from radio, perhaps (3,6)
A network followed by a phrase that could (perhaps) mean from the radio (3,3)
2d How croupier became successful? (5,2,3,5)
This description of one of the tasks performed by a croupier actually means became successful by earning a lot
4d Sunday neckwear, we hear, for learned person (7)
S(unday) followed by what sounds like (we hear) an item of neckwear
6d Say no to charity worker, one who works for the council (6,9)
A verb meaning to say no to followed by a charity worker acquires funds, usually in a box
15d Nervous complaint that’s progressive? (3,6)
This nervous complaint is a feeling of horror or revulsion – it could be loosely regarded as progressive
19d Male animals breed! (7)
Combine two male animals to get a breed of the latter
20d One vehicle turned up first, it’s part of something larger (7)
A single thing (one) preceded by (first) the reversal (up in a down clue) of a public service vehicle
21d Flower in rubbish dump about middle of July (5)
Put a rubbish dump around the middle letters of [J]UL[y]
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