Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28731 (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 What to do during street to-dos? (12)
A two-letter word meaning during followed by ST(reet) and some to-dos or disturbances
11a Date entraps Republican with organised plan (7)
A date or time around R(epublican) with a verb meaning organised
13a Stick with small social media entries (5)
A somewhat large stick followed by S(mall)
14a Beloved certain to be in step (9)
A four-letter word meaning certain inside a step or pace
21a Sculpted Rodins, including ‘Duck Under a Roof‘ (7)
An anagram (sculpted) of RODINS around (including) a score of zero in cricket (duck)
24a Discussed bargain that’s delivered as one leaves (7)
Split as (4,3) this sounds like (discussed) a bargain
25a Brazilian player not using head and hands — feet finally bringing gold perhaps (7)
Brazil’s most famous football player without his initial letter (head) followed by some hands or workers and the final letter of [fee]T
26a Article put by not at all diminished yet (12)
A grammatical article preceded by a word meaning not at all and followed by a word meaning diminished
1d Damages panels one’s left propping up home (7)
Start with some panels of people, like those that reach verdicts, drop (has left. ‘s left) the I (one) and put what remains after (propping up in a down clue) our usual two-letter word meaning home
2d Very little time for Oliver’s desire? (7)
Two definitions – the latter being what Oliver Twist was requesting
3d Stayed in bed to preserve muscle that’s admired (9)
A verb meaning stayed in bed around (to preserve) a three-letter abbreviated form of a muscle
5d Complaint from good person going in peace (7)
Drop (ging from) the two-letter abbreviation for a good person from the start of a word meaning peace or tranquillity
6d Extra piercing seen as more curious when worn by this person (7)
An adjective meaning more curious around (worn by) the first person subjective pronoun
7d Fading rum dip gains when fruit is added (12)
An anagram (rum) of DIP GAINS around (is added) a fruit
10d Pompous secretary cuts unpaid childminders? (12)
A charade of an adjective meaning pompous, a two-letter abbreviation for a secretary and some cuts
17d Little European wriggling baby (7)
A small quantity (little) and a European national
18d Tchaikovsky’s silent introduction leads to his money problem (7)
I’m not at all sure that the initial letter of Tchaikovsky is “silent”, but assume that it is and add his national currency (money)
22d Petals lacking a liquid dropped off (5)
An anagram (liquid) of PET[A]LS without (lacking) the A from the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: lieu+Assam+Elton=Lewis Hamilton
This morning, on Sounds of the Sixties, Tony Blackburn played this as the shortest track ever to appear in the charts. Enjoy (for all 78 seconds!)