Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28821 (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 Men have one-legged race that raises cash for the needy? (8)
Some chessmen are followed by what could be a one-legged race
10a Fork for example used the wrong way getting journalist sacked (6)
This fork is an example of an implement, such as one might use in the garden – reverse the four-letter word and add our usual journalist
11a Ninety in Brussels seem unexpectedly sorry (6,2)
The Roman numerals for ninety inside the much-maligned organisation that is based largely in Brussels and followed by an anagram (unexpectedly) of SEEM
12a Avoid being opponents in game with champ (6)
Two of the opponents in the game of bridge are followed by a verb meaning to champ
18a … much-loved touring company is revealing talents (10)
An adjective meaning much-loved around (touring) CO(mpany)
22a This person about to appear twice, carrying on like a superstar? (6)
… be careful here, the phrase “to appear twice” refers to this person and the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about
23a Something one’s burning to sing about? (8)
A cryptic definition of a conflagration that people, typically Boy Scouts, sit around and sing songs
24a Anger over admitting team will get special potion (6)
… this “team” is the Roman numerals for the number of players in a football or cricket team
25a A very wearing foxtrot, say, with daughter, 18 (8)
A from the clue followed by V(ery) inside the type of activity of which a foxtrot is an example (say) and then D(aughter) gives a synonym of the answer to 18 Across
27a American should avoid some russet apples from here? (8)
Drop a two-letter abbreviation for American from two words in the clue (no anagram needed!)
2d Yank‘s right to interrupt old-fashioned waitress? (6)
R(ight) goes inside what is now deemed a derogatory term for a waitress
4d Pythonesque topic about film, independent looking on the bright side of life (10)
I’m not sure about Pythonesque (with or without the capitalisation) as an anagram indicator, nevertheless an anagram of TOPIC goes around a film or haze and I(ndependent) to give the answer
6d Where the German invasion starts at 7am? Mere cheek! (8)
German tourists apocryphally invade this location with their towels before breakfast – a mere is followed by cheek or arrogance
8d On edge, using B-roads? (8)
Split (4,4), these could be minor or B roads
13d Leave pit with effort — drive! (3-2-3-2)
A charade of a phrasal verb meaning to leave the pit or rise from bed, a word meaning with and an effort or attempt
17d Power soiree perhaps attended by underling (8)
A soiree is an example (perhaps) of this two-letter word meaning a party – then add an underling
20d Endlessly talk about sports event (6)
A verb meaning to talk about without its final letter (endlessly)
21d Proof of ownership that’s overturned all the same (4)
A palindromic (that’s overturned all the same) proof of ownership of, for example, a house
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The Quick Crossword pun: whim+bull+done=Wimbledon