Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28839 (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 Cloth that’s small for top of beer mug (10)
Replace the first letter (top) of [b]EER with S(mall) and add a mug or fool
6a Prevent onset of bee sting (4)
A three-letter verb meaning to prevent followed by the initial letter (onset) of B[ee]
10a Brand of computer program mostly needed for this product (5)
Most of a small (computer) program
11a Improve a financial centre’s dishonesty (9)
A verb meaning to improve or repair is followed by the A from the clue and the name given to the UK’s financial centre
13a Overall, Henman’s head over heels in love (7)
A word meaning overall or total, Mr Henman’s first name and the S from ‘S are all reversed (head over heels)
14a One engaged by president is put in to stop gloating over victory (12)
I (one) inside the surname of the President of the USA followed by IS from the clue inside a verb meaning to stop gives an adjective meaning gloating over victory
21a What might keep a listener warm? (7)
Just a picture clue for this one!
23a East German with lots of money, one sticking their head in the sand? (7)
The German word for east is followed by an adjective meaning with lots of money
27a Food served here is appetiser, fresh, penny off (10)
An anagram (fresh) of IS A[p]PETISER without (off) one P(enny)
1d What might be sung in shed (6)
Two definitions – he first being a song usually sung by sailors
3d Kit that’s sillier yet working without batteries (5-9)
Some kit with an anagram (working) of SILLIER YET around it (without)
4d Clegg’s friend certain to show calmness (9)
UK-based solvers will remember Clegg’s friend, wonderfully played by the late Bill Owen, from Last of the Summer Wine – just add a word meaning certain
5d Olympic medallist taking time off from sport (5)
The surname of this gold-winning Olympic heptathlete is derived by dropping the T(ime) from a sport
7d Miss flying air taxi that’s set out about five (8)
This Miss that flies an aeroplane comes from an anagram (that’s set out) of AIR TAXI around the Roman numeral for five
9d They’re often blocks landlords with money to invest put up front (7,7)
SOME LANDLORDS PRECEDED BY (PUT UP FRONT) MONEY FOR INVESTMENT
15d Scent what Presbyterians oppose vocally (9)
Sounds like (vocally) a hostile term for Roman Catholicism
20d Attack daily grind enthusiastically at first (6)
… this daily is a cleaner (or as Chambers says “a non-resident servant, especially a cleaning woman”!
22d One old prime minister or another gets a kind of bread (5)
The surname of two old prime ministers (one old prime minister or another) is followed by the A from the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: tiered+rink+with+German+bread=tea, a drink with jam and bread – that took a bit of working out!