Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28863 (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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Escort service provider perhaps — bribe with £500 (6,6)
Nothing to do with provision of young ladies, but more to do with the servicing of Ford cars! A verb meaning to bribe is followed by the slang for a sum of £500
10a See a book spy pocketed, not being secure (7)
This single-letter Latin abbreviation for see, as an instruction in a text to refer the reader to a specified passage, book, author, etc., for further information, is not often used in back-page puzzles – add the A from the clue and B(ook) and put them inside (pocketed) a spy
11a Drip in hostelry coming back for lots of drinks (5-2)
A verb meaning to drip goes inside the reversal (coming back) of a hostelry like that run by Miffypops
14a Strong wine and potatoes from Indian, they provide temporary relief (9)
A strong (fortified) wine is followed by an Indian word for potatoes (as the answer is plural and the word for Indian potatoes is a mass noun, this only works if you think of the potatoes as a two or more dishes in an Indian restaurant)
21a Guide broadcast of person cooking spicy food (7)
I don’t know in which part of the country this sounds like a person cooking spicy food, but our setter thinks it does – what do you think?
23a Large number move aimlessly forward round island (7)
A verb meaning to move in an aimless or confused manner and an adverb meaning forward around I(sland)
25a Moves softly, softly forward in games (7)
The musical notation for playing softly and that adverb we saw in 23a go inside some games or matches
26a Half-heartedly cleaning mule station (7,5)
Drop one of the middle letters of a verb meaning cleaning, typically by a “woman who does”, and add the type of animal of which a mule is an example (wot no definition by example indicator?) to get a London terminus
1d Ran gaol cruelly as alternative to porridge (7)
An anagram (cruelly) of RAN GAOL
2d Beg, heading off from downtown area before time (7)
The main commercial part of a town without its initial letter (heading of) followed by A(rea) and T(ime)
4d Operatic heroine’s career’s beginning to take off (5)
An operatic heroine followed by the initial letter (beginning) of C[areer]
6d Ban so restricts business expert (7)
The Latin word for so or therefore around a business qualification
7d Husband cheating initially trapped by investigator, the old twister (6,7)
A five-letter colloquial word for a husband and the initial letter (initially) of C[heating] inside an investigator gives the name of the singer who popularised The Twist and Let’s Twist Again
8d One working in the kitchen cooked sports cuisine (13)
To understand this anagram (cooked) of SPORTS CUISINE you will need to know which part of an orchestra is known as The Kitchen
19d Song itinerant plays in company (7)
This clever anagram (itinerant) of PLAYS goes inside the abbreviation CO(mpany)
20d Calamitous sport with oval ball in America takes over (7)
The abbreviation for one of the sports played with an oval ball is followed by IN from the clue and the two-letter abbreviation for America around (takes) O(ver)
22d Geordie teacher got up out of bed (5)
The abbreviation for the area of England where one will find a Geordie and the common form of address for a male teacher, all reversed (got up in a down clue)
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The Quick Crossword pun: hype+potter+nus=hypotenuse (swipe with mouse to reveal)