Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28809 (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 When my speech is written, they should mark my words (8,6)
A cryptic definition of the punctuation usually wrapped around spoken words when written
10a Charlie dances about following parking for reduced rate (4-5)
An anagram (dances) of CHARLIE around (about) F(ollowing) and P(arking)
13a Note that one may leave quickly after hanky-panky (4-2)
A word meaning after is followed by a two-letter word meaning hanky-panky
17a Vacant sty pens worried pet chicken (7-3)
The outer letters (vacant) of S[t]Y around a verb meaning worried and followed by a pet
20a Amber nectar insect’s found by river (4)
An insect is followed by R(iver)
22a Loves wearing different red suits, plus spectacles for a spell (6)
O and O (loves) inside (wearing) the abbreviations for the red suits in a pack of playing cards followed by what visually looks like a pair of spectacles
27a Power lies with Europe manoeuvring around as it’s hard to see through (3-6)
P(ower) inside an anagram (manoeuvring) of EUROPE which then goes around the AS from the clue
28a Wobbly bodies seen in these? (8,6)
An adjective meaning wobbly followed by a word meaning bodies or torsos gives an item of clothing in which said wobbly bodies may (indicated by the question mark) be seen
2d Material from US city underwritten by 50% of capital (5)
The two-letter abbreviation of a US city followed by 50% of a capital city rather closer to home
4d Smashed particle — it becomes more than double (10)
An anagram (smashed) of PARTICLE IT
6d Motorway exit where tractors should go? (3-4)
Well deserving of its question mark, this word that could, at a pinch, describe a motorway exit is where tractors should go
7d Looks painful, having ring inserted in facial feature (9)
A phrase that could mean looks painful (4,4) around the ring-shaped letter
8d Weekly magazine’s laid on wine for Wimbledon tennis perhaps (9,5)
A weekly magazine is followed by the S from ‘S and a fortified wine
9d Pictures, strangely shiny, set in process that gives everything more life (14)
Some pictures followed by an anagram (strangely) of SHINY SET
16d Masses hit oil pool with no time to deviate (3,6)
An anagram (to deviate) of HI[t] OIL POOL without the T (no time)
21d Lots of squares taking in arrangements of basic numbers — it’s puzzling (6)
A cryptic definition of what I regard as a particularly boring game – Mrs BD would disagree!
25d Frank in love with writer (4)
O (love) followed by a writing implement
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The Quick Crossword pun: dock+tor+know=Dr. No