Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28851 (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.
Those of you who have been complaining that Saturday puzzles have been getting more difficult should have no problems today!
Some hints follow.
1a Diana given emphasis when much troubled (10)
The two-letter affectionate form of Diana followed by a verb meaning given emphasis
6a Method of transmitting data initially with information found inside (2-2)
The initial letters of the last four words in the clue
9a Flat entrance partly concealed (6)
Hidden (partly) inside the clue
11a Part of speech a student’s not written (6)
A part of speech followed by the A from the clue and our usual student
14a Be wrong about motorway hazard (7)
The UK’s main motorway followed by a verb meaning to hazard or gamble
18a Car Lily damaged — wax it, perhaps, if feeling enthusiastic? (7)
An anagram () of CAR LILY gives the second part of a phrase expressing enthusiasm
25a A fish I caught — or mushroom? (6)
The A from the clue followed by a fish, I from the clue and C(aught)
28a Chicken-hearted eccentric’s official warning (6,4)
An adjective meaning chicken-hearted followed by an eccentric person
1d Lied about drink I swallowed producing wild excitement (8)
An anagram (about) of LIED followed by an alcoholic drink around (swallowed) I from the clue
3d Concerning speck far away (6)
A two-letter word meaning concerning or about is followed by a speck of dust
4d Place one can retire to (6,3)
A place for one person to retire at night
5d It comes from the postman in a manner of speaking (8)
7d Enthusiast played it as a free musical composition (8)
An enthusiast followed by an anagram (played) of IT AS A
15d Fashionable retreat provided during aeroplane journey (2-6)
One of our usual words for fashionable followed by a retreat, like that of Moses from Egypt, gives an adjective meaning provided during aeroplane journey
19d Nothing to cap flier’s romantically demonstrative partner (8)
A score of nothing in tennis followed by (to cap) a flying creature
21d Main milk supplier? (3,3)
… don’t forget that main can be a body of water!
22d Silver found in case on a temple (6)
The chemical symbol for silver inside a seed case and followed by the A from the clue
The Crossword Club is now open.
How time flies! This weekend marks the Autumnal Equinox (or September Equinox for those in the Antipodes), and this morning Mrs BD and I had our annual flu jabs.
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The Quick Crossword pun: soar+ting+gout=sorting out