Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28827 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Tilsit was hoping to provide today’s hints, but a man is outside his house digging up his broadband – I told him he should have paid his subs!
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.
2a Back with cord used in alternative plan (6,6)
A verb meaning to back or support is followed by some cord
9a Short-time worker delayed producing pattern (8)
Someone who works for a short time, often until the regular worker returns from a break, is followed by an adjective meaning delayed
12a Natural impulse about Diane isn’t clear (10)
A natural impulse around the two-letter shortened version of Diane
16a In Colombo, he avoided tea (5)
The answer is hidden (in) inside the clue (honest!)
18a Comedian unravelled a rope in absurd emotional situation (5,5)
A comedian is followed by an anagram (unravelled) of A ROPE
23a Restrain worker on strike (8)
A four-letter worker is followed by a strike or blow
24a Folk music from one American during parade on island (8)
This traditional Mexican folk music appears from time to time in crosswords – put I (one) and A(merican) inside a five-letter parade and then add I(sland)
26a Not concerned from tune resident played (12)
An anagram (played) of TUNE RESIDENT
1d Profit from ticket (6)
Two definitions – the second being a type of ticket which is typically, but not exclusively, used on the railway
2d Lustful Sarah, with Bill, promises to pay (9)
The three-letter affectionate version of Sarah followed by one of our usual bills and the usual promises to pay
4d Notts County (15)
A weak clue in which you are expected to spell out the full name of said county
5d South African fellow removed hat for a lady (8)
An abbreviation of South African followed by a fellow and an anagram (removed) of HAT
14d Stuffed conserve in case (3-6)
This could mean some conserve is put in a case
16d Support aircraftsman before he is a pain (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to support followed by the abbreviation for aircraftsman and HE from the clue
19d Is unable to put girl into bed (6)
A girl’s name inside a child’s bed
22d Bring into line, a line, say (5)
Sounds like (say) “a line”
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The Quick Crossword pun: great+full+lee=gratefully