Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28737 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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When I solve a puzzle online, I try to solve the clues in the order they are presented. Today I achieved that for probably the first time with a daily cryptic. The downside of this is that it makes it difficult to pick the harder clues for these hints, so I have provided a hint for every other clue.
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 Broken sculpture (4)
6a Villain heading off for part of church (4)
Drop the initial letter (heading off) from a villain
9a Access space by bay perhaps (6)
A space used in printing followed by the type of plant of which bay is an example (perhaps)
11a Drawing cleaner fuel (8)
A cleaner followed by a fossil fuel
15a Standards applied to cleric (6)
Standard scores followed by a word meaning applied to
19a Doctor upset carrying hooligan by a carriage (8)
The reversal (upset, usually a down-clue construct) of a doctor around a hooligan and the A from the clue
22a Betook meat feast, cooked, and large fruit (9,6)
An anagram (cooked) of BETOOK MEAT FEAST
24a Historical novelist greeting the queen (5)
A greeting followed by our Queen’s royal cipher
25a Arrest devil? (4)
Two more definitions
1d Flower that’s flatter round top of calyx (9)
A phrasal verb meaning to flatter (6,2) around the initial letter (top) of C[alyx]
3d Stop broadcasting comedian introducing uplifting poems (5,4)
A comedian around the reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of some poems
5d Starters of a spicy Latin American sauce served up (5)
The reversal (served up) of the initial letters (starters) of five words in the clue
7d See a large elk get lost! (7)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for “see” or “refer to” followed by the A from the clue and a large elk
13d Person in charge, a live wire maybe (9)
This piece of wire could (maybe) be live
16d Help carrying flightless bird for fool (7)
A three-letter word meaning help or assistance around a flightless bird
18d I’m a bank that’s put up folding stuff (7)
I’M and A from the clue followed by a type of bank or financial institution, all reversed (put up in a down clue)
20d Make plans to steal lead from roof? (5)
Drop (steal) the initial letter (lead) from a type of roof
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The Quick Crossword pun: rasher+gnarl=rationale