Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28785 (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 Place to hang hospital garment? (8)
I read this as a semi all-in-one, where a part of a hospital is combined with a garment
9a Bar runner from club with pain needing treatment (8)
An anagram (needing treatment) of CLUB with PAIN
12a … hence, having no beginning or end, poem causes scramble (6)
The first word in the clue without its first and last letters (having no beginning or end) is followed by a poem
14a Severe forecast — ring entrepreneurs for clothing (10)
Hidden (clothing) inside the clue
18a One relays creepy messages of courses in Paris and Berlin by management (5,5)
… you don’t see one of these devices for ages and then two come along inside two days!
22a Drive home’s ending? (6)
Another one that I don’t know if my analysis is correct – the final letter (ending) of [hom]E symbolically represents the answer
24a Bothered to take time for seconds, resulting in round figure (6)
Start with an adjective meaning bothered or annoyed and change the S(econds) for a T(ime) to get an integer (round figure/number)
25a Villain receiving old-fashioned look after page’s introduction (8)
A villain goes around an archaic (old-fashioned) word for look (as an interjection) and is preceded by P(age)
27a Risky material, ‘First Love’ penned by idiot (8)
This material, that used to be ubiquitous, is now regarded as a serious health risk – a four-letter word meaning first or optimal and O (love) inside an idiot
2d After hesitation, turned up nude, getting slap in the face (6)
The reversal (turned up in a down clue) of a word of hesitation is followed by another word for nude or naked which is usually part of a three-word phrase
4d Fine meadow or riverside, perhaps, for Mole! (6,4)
A fine meadow or a riverside could be described thus (as a definition-by-example) – ignore the false capitalisation which is intended to misdirect you towards The Wind in the Willows!
not this one
7d Staffing that’s opposed by feminists? (8)
… could be the opposite of the feminist slogan promoted by The Spice Girls
8d Light meal the French originally shelled out for (8)
I’m not sure what to make of this – the best I can do is that it is a word from the French and the creation of this dish involves shelling one of the ingredients
15d Row of homes? (8)
Two definitions – the first being a colloquial word for a row or argument
17d Butcher cutting son causes hysterics? (8)
Start with a verb meaning to butcher or slay and drop (cutting) the S(on)
19d Club’s number one in part of India — tall story! (6)
Jordan Pickford wears this number when playing for England! – Part of India is followed by a tall story or fib
20d Man whose limit may be one across and two down? (6)
A chess piece (man) one of whose moves (may be) is described by the clue
21d Present that bloke goes on about (4)
The male third person singular pronoun is followed by a word meaning about or concerning
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The Quick Crossword pun: canter+berry+tails=Canterbury Tales