Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28815 (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 Bed of troupers unmade (4-6)
An anagram (unmade) of OF TROUPERS
9a Reduce security for safety measures? (10)
Split as (4,6) this action would result in reduced security
13a Bishop leaves companion in impasse (9)
Drop the B(ishop) from a companion from the same place – we’ve seen one like this very recently (but please don’t say where!)
15a Look on as muscle gets brought into condition (8)
A three-letter muscle inside (brought into) a word meaning condition
16a Common sense displayed by Norman? (6)
… that’ll be Norman, the famous comedian
20a Using air-conditioning I draw off form of pollution (4,4)
The abbreviation for air-conditioning followed by I from the clue and a verb meaning to draw off
23a Reason to limit supply of beer (9)
Split as (6,3) this would suggest that the supply of beer is being limited
27a Huge amount thrown around — pounds — draws soldiers in (10)
An anagram (thrown around) of AMOUNT followed by the letter that represents pounds (sterling) and around (draws … in) some soldiers
29a Old female relative carried in ambulance, stressed (10)
Hidden inside (carried in) the clue
1d Musical instrument somewhere in Scotland (4)
2d Exalt with high-class acclaim (7)
The letter used for high-class or posh followed by some acclaim
3d Mate pointing out blemish? (12)
A clever anagram (out) of MATE POINTING
4d Rare quality such as Bath’s spoken of (8)
Sounds like a description of Bath (3,4)
11d Confusion of less sophisticated people in punt (12)
An adjective meaning less sophisticated and some people inside a three-letter word meaning a punt or gamble
19d Brock’s home was first to be established (7)
I remember Brock the Badger (was it read on the radio by Uncle Mac?) – his home is followed by a word meaning was first
22d Islander succeeded with a complaint (6)
S(ucceeded) and (with) the A from the clue followed by a complaint or whinge
25d Range of top-class albums (4)
The letter representing top class followed by some vinyl albums
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The Quick Crossword pun: bison+Tenniel=bicentennial