Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28761 (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.
Before complaining that this puzzle is difficult, please remember a) this is a prize puzzle and b) you have several days in which to complete it.
Some hints follow.
1a Suffering as Samson was, fatally (10)
Look at this as (3-7) and it could describe what happened to Samson
6a A person on foot took off (4)
The A from the clue followed by and the abbreviated form of a person travelling on foot
10a Shared resources Hank’s taken back (4)
The reversal (taken back) of a hank or coil
13a A military alliance film person dealing with bodies (9)
The A from the clue followed by a military alliance of Western powers and a film or spray
16a Spies taking rebellious soldiers in films (6)
Our usual US spies around the reversal (rebellious – doesn’t work for me even though it is a synonym of revolutionary, what do you think?) of some soldiers – rebellious doesn’t serve as an anagram indicator as it would be indicating an indirect anagram
24a What rough sea does to ship (4)
TO from the clue followed by our usual ship – a lot easier than it looks!
27a Mark a point with sharp beaks (10)
M(ark) followed by the A from the clue, a point or nub and an adjective meaning sharp or pungent – these beaks are concerned with the administration of law
29a Person handling money could make fortune returning wad of notes (10)
A six-letter word meaning fortune or luck followed by the reversal (returning) of a wad of [bank]notes
1d Stupid daughter getting behind (4)
D(aughter) followed by a word meaning behind in a nautical sense
2d Major port in south-east America (7)
This clue looks as if it has escaped from a General Knowledge puzzle! – a port (in South America) goes inside the two-letter abbreviations for south-east and the United States of America
4d Bites uppish friend in the back (8)
The reversal (uppish) of a verb meaning bites followed by a friend
7d Word in email regularly seen in plain language (7)
The even letters (regularly) of email inside some plain, unpoetic, language
14d Cowboy comfortable coming up with delay (10)
The reversal (coming up in a down clue) of a four-letter adjective meaning comfortable followed by a verb meaning to delay or hang around
21d Set up where horse might be at start of race (7)
Split as (2,5) this describes where a horse might be at start of race
22d Opening note penned by German composer (6)
A note in the tonic sol-fa inside a German composer
25d Doctor embracing the old? One adds colour (4)
An abbreviation for doctor around an old-fashioned word for “the”
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The Quick Crossword pun: wreck+stiller+sun=Rex Tillerson – former US Secretary of State