Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28791 (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 Problem jazz fan picks up in gossip (8)
Put a five-letter problem in a dated term for a jazz fan (you can find it in The Usual Suspects)
9a Four articles about medium’s curse (8)
Put a collection of indefinite and definite articles around M(edium)
11a Working with stars, fool collects prize (that’s right) (12)
A three-letter fool goes around a prize, such as the World Cup, and a three-letter Latin word meaning “that’s right”, often used in quoted matter to show that the original is being faithfully reproduced even though incorrect or apparently so
15a Shed small amount of light on tea that’s stewed (4-2)
Here shed is a noun, not a verb – a small amount of L[ight] followed by an anagram (that’s stewed) of ON TEA
17a Group popular in the Nineties touring East being less happy (5)
This group was a rival to Oasis back in the nineties, put its name around (touring) E(ast)
18a Give out ecstasy in front of Cambridge college (4)
E(cstasy) precedes (in font of) a college in Cambridge in the USA, not England
20a Reconnoitring with a view to breaking cover (6)
Two definitions – the first being the kind of reconnoitring carried out by criminals prior to breaking into a building
21a Achieve success through Republican Party ties (2,6)
The three-letter abbreviation for the Republican Party followed by a verb meaning ties (shoes, perhaps)
28a Strongly criticise directors’ salary? (8)
A four-letter term for a director is followed by what might be (hence the question mark) his salary
2d Renegade caught by Henry makes a bloomer (8)
A renegade inside the three-letter shortened name much used by Shakespeare in plays like Henry IV Parts I and II – don’t forget that in Crosswordland a bloomer is not just a mistake!
6d Composer with uplifting part for one unaccompanied (8)
A four-letter composer is followed by the reversal (uplifting in a down clue) of a part in a play
7d TV cook endlessly found in food shop (4)
Drop the final letter (endlessly) from the first name of a well-known Norwich City supporter
8d What one may do during cheese course or entree? (8)
Split as (4,4) this is what one traditionally does during the cheese course
12d Theatre worker, a star that’s upcoming caught by surprise (5,7)
The reversal (that’s upcoming) of the A from the clue and a star or celebrity inside a verb meaning to surprise
14d Canadian singer-songwriter, no longer this? (5)
This time it’s just a video hint!
19d Person hard to satisfy that is boxing former boxer (8)
The full Latin phrase for “that is” around (boxing) the adopted name of a former boxer
22d Colour in a kind of statistical chart a small digit (6)
The kind of colour that is used for tattoos inside a kind of statistical chart
24d Pond creature wife caught in appropriate item (4)
… I can’t hear this pond creature being mentioned without thinking about Ken Livingstone – can you?
25d Division of Novotel (4)
Hidden (of) inside the last word of the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: isle+Beeb+lode=I’ll be blowed