Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28755 (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 Next X-ray should be here in hospital directory (10)
Split as (5,5) this is where X-ray might be found in a hospital directory
6a Sport where players change clubs with no transfer fee (4)
A cryptic definition of a sport where each player has several clubs and interchanges them depending on what he wants to do
12a Cabinet perhaps goes off to the Left — maturity comes later? (7)
The reversal (to the left in an across clue) of a verb meaning goes off or bad followed by (comes later) a word meaning maturity
17a Proclaim as leader of the Americans and French (7)
… the surname of the current US President is a gift to crossword setters!
21a … following grasping half-idle mum (7)
An adverb meaning following around the second half of [id]LE
22a One’s trapping in river areas (5)
A word meaning one and the S from ‘S around (trapping in) R(iver)
28a King being shown in reduced one’s rank, having stripes (5)
K(ing) inside a verb meaning reduced gives a rank animal that has stripes
30a This person tucking into meat shuns prepared relish (10)
The first person singular subjective pronoun (this person / the setter) inside an anagram (prepared) of MEAT SHUNS
1d Most of capital area is upwardly mobile too (4)
Most of a European capital city and A(rea), all reversed (is upwardly mobile, in a down clue)
2d Hoards made by 29 ground squirrels, oddly (9)
… 29 refers to the answer to 29 Across
3d After artist died, half of score is set to be heard (5)
Our usual artist followed by D(ied) and a cryptic representation of half of twenty (score)
4d Norm is too old, rejecting one blood type after another (7)
Start with an adjective meaning too old, drop the initial letter, which is a blood type, and add a different blood type
11d Step-by-step rag for playing as a pair (7)
An anagram (for playing) of RAG and add a word meaning as a pair
14d School captain‘s striking effort, blocked by post … (10)
An action in football that might lead to a goal (striking effort) around (blocked by) a post
16d … roughly misses — he sets up these sessions (7)
… “he” is the answer to the previous clue
18d Projection that water won’t quite go round (9)
A cryptic definition of a piece of land that projects into the sea – unlike an island the water won’t quite go round it
20d Commander’s tracked vehicle reversed over animal (7)
The Commanding Officer follows (tracked) the reversal of a vehicle and is followed by a two-letter word meaning over or above
25d Sulphur used in crop driers (5)
The chemical symbol for Sulphur (more accurately Sulfur in the current terminology) inside a cereal crop
26d Small Korean ruler over-the-top scoop! (4)
S(mall) followed by the first name of a (North) Korean ruler – don’t you just love the definition?
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The Quick Crossword pun: pun+crock=punk rock