Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28797 (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 Venomous creature with nemesis for Cleopatra? (4)
W(ith) followed by the venomous creature that was Cleopatra’s nemesis
3a During race, say, fences left unfinished (10)
A two-letter word meaning during followed by a verb that could (say) mean to race around L(eft)
9a Celebrity needs unlimited cover for teeth (4)
Start with the material that covers teeth and drop its outer letters (un-limited)
14a Harbour staff reported tug in case that’s needed on voyage? (11)
A harbour is followed by a verb meaning to staff and what sounds like (reported) a verb meaning to tug
21a Wearing pants, not quite sticking to the vital parts (2,5)
If one was wearing pants one could be (2,6) – drop the final letter (not quite)
22a ‘Insect from Outer Space’ said to be crazy (7)
Split as (4,3) this sounds like (said) an insect from beyond the earth’s atmosphere (outer space)
24a From an Asian land that lacks a border with India (4)
Start with THA[t] without its final letter (a border) and add the IVR code for India
26a Creative works from Puerto de Santiago (4)
Hidden (from) inside the clue
1d Turn to go down to Tube — one should take in the air (8)
A verb meaning to turn is followed by a tube
2d Hat must be raised or placed at foot of grave (8)
The reversal (raised in a down clue) of OR is preceded by (placed at foot of, again in a down clue) an adjective meaning grave
5d Broadcast Poe’s gripping verse — about fifty fail to be stirred? (9)
An anagram (broadcast) of POE around (gripping) VERSE itself around the Roman numeral for fifty
7d Overtake roughly in British river, lapping over another going north (6)
The single-letter Latin abbreviation for roughly or about goes inside two British rivers – the second is reversed (going north in a down clue) – which share a letter (lapping over)
12d Tame party with this person in charge — had a bite across street (11)
In this context tame is a verb – a two-letter party, the first person singular objective pronoun (this person, the setter), the abbreviation of In Charge and a verb meaning had a bite of food around (across) ST(reet)
17d Oddly posey son, following fashionable prophets (8)
The odd letters of POSEY then S(on) following an adjective meaning fashionable
19d Major forces Right to go in union with extra trouble and strife? (6)
A three-letter adjective meaning major and some fighting forces without (to go) the R(ight) – don’t forget that trouble and strife is Cockney rhyming slang!
22d Grub is hot stuff — run to tuck in (5)
Start with some volcanic hot stuff and insert (to tuck in) R(un)
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The Quick Crossword pun: timer+sheen=time machine
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