Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28833 (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 Died — tombstone message makes little splash (4)
D(ied) is followed by the message that frequently appears on tombstones
3a If gin flows, night should resolve family feud (2-8)
A pair of anagrams – IF GIN (flows) followed by NIGHT (should resolve)
10a Gracious foreign word for English instrument (3,7)
An exclamation meaning Gracious! Is followed by a foreign word for English – yes, it’s as simple as that!
11a Spoilt brat under fire? (7)
Split as (2,5) this could mean under the fire
21a Scots dance around Whitehall ministry convert (7)
Put a four-letter Scots dance around the abbreviation for a Whitehall ministry to get a verb meaning to convert
23a Former servicemen scrap with soldier over what one should pay? (10)
This is a four-part charade – a former partner followed by some servicemen, a scrap or morsel and a soldier insect
25a Takes flight desk shifts, adds getting the French on board (10)
Easier than it looks – an anagram (shifts) of DESK is followed by ADDS from the clue around the French definite article
26a Blue-eyed boy‘s vow to marry by fifty (4)
A marriage vow (1,2) followed by the Roman numeral for fifty
1d Heightened clash of brawling boxers, say (8)
A clash that occurs high up in the air could be brawling boxers (of the canine variety)
5d Impossible to catch popular German car — tooted endlessly (9)
This adjective meaning Impossible to catch or hear is derived from a two-letter word meaning popular, a German car and tooted or trumpeted without its final letter (endlessly)
6d Noble with two fouls in game’s first quarter (4-7)
Here noble is an adjective – two adjectives meaning foul or rotten are followed by IN from the clue and the first quarter of G[ame]
8d After gossip, see that man’s tears (6)
A three-letter verb meaning to gossip is followed by that man and the S from ‘S
12d An item of clothing twice worn by bounder for a spell (11)
An item of clothing (1,3) twice around (worn by) a bounder or scoundrel
16d Russian plane, given ranking, went to land elsewhere (8)
A three-letter Russian plane is followed by a verb meaning given a ranking
19d Prepares item that may be first on and last off? (6)
As a noun, this is an item of clothing that may be first on and last off
22d One piercing bird that used to go after Eric (5)
I (one) inside (piercing) a bird gives Eric’s partner back in the day when comedy was actually funny
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The Quick Crossword pun: misty+meaner=misdemeanour