Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28743 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
This week hosted by crypticsue
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Last week BD had a hard job trying to choose which clues needed hints, this week I’ve had quite a time trying to decide which ones to leave out – I’ve provided a selection of what I considered to be the more difficult clues, but please ask if I’ve omitted some you really can’t ‘see’ as, if I’m doing one of the many other things on my list of things to do today, I’m sure someone else will be pleased to assist.
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.
My full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
1a Did press find Ecstasy in psychedelic drug? (5)
The abbreviation for Ecstasy inserted into an anagram (psychedelic) of DRUG
11a Eastern Times colour covers cold and obsolete (7)
The abbreviation for Eastern, the sign used in sums to mean ‘times’ and a colour, the latter covering the abbreviation for Cold
13a Capsized ship that’s trapped way down in rushes (6)
Capsized is probably more suited to be a reversal indicator for a Down clue. However, here it indicates a reversal of an adjective meaning way down trapped in the usual abbreviation for ship
15a What goes up when it’s coming down? (8)
A cryptic definition or an old riddle?
23a What links ‘Only Sixteen‘ and ‘When I’m Sixty-Four‘, and who likes them? (7)
At the same time as giving you an earworm, this clue actually relates to what the numbers 16 and 64 represent in maths – the second definition may be getting at those of us who remember the songs in question!
24a Othello overthrown after plot in pillow-talk scene (7)
A reversal (overthrown) of the nationality of Shakespeare’s Othello goes after a garden plot
28a Neglected quartet reportedly arrived one short of a team (9)
A homophone (reportedly) of a quartet, another way of saying arrived and the number one short of that required for a cricket or football team
29a Bear in booth (5)
A double definition to finish the Across clues – one a verb, the other a noun
1d Cosmic, like a little limerick apparently (9)
This adjective meaning cosmic, if split 3, 6, into a combining form meaning one and a reference to poetry, could, apparently be like a little limerick. I was helped by a visit to the BRB when parsing this one. It’s the sort of clue makes me glad I normally review Saturday puzzles where I provide the exact parsing, not try to produce a hint without giving too much away!
4d … is son covered in leaves? (6)
The abbreviation for son covered in a way of saying leaves
7d Instruments playing score for the listener with opinions (9)
A homophone (for the listener) of a score in a particular game (playing) with some points of view (opinions)
8d Party’s full of students — they have very small houses (5)
Another way of saying Party’s ‘full of’ two lots of the abbreviation for students
14d Meet where Cockneys buy chicken? (9)
This verb meaning to meet sounds like somewhere a Cockney who drops his aitches might buy chicken
16d Changing date to hold draw was trying (9)
An anagram (changing) of date to hold a synonym for draw (the dictionary will help here)
17d Good person taken in by criminal with social worker’s uniform (8)
A clue full of the usual suspects – the abbreviation for a good person is ‘taken in’ by an abbreviated criminal and one of Crosswordland’s social workers
22d Get in boat at sea — and no bait prepared? (6)
The sort of clue often provided by the Sunday Maestro, containing as it does two anagram (at sea and prepared) opportunities
25d After work, time for something dramatic? (5)
A period of time goes after an abbreviation for work
The Crossword Club is now open. As Miffypops would say: ‘please play nicely’.
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The Quick Crossword pun: role + inns + tones = Rolling Stones