Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28869 (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 Penny weighing very little? That’s a predicament (6)
The abbreviation for penny followed by an adjective meaning weighing very little
11a Crazy, but often seen with motive? (4)
This word meaning crazy is often seen, as part of a ten-letter word, with motive
12a A giant in excited eagerness (4)
If you put a four-letter giant in here, you will have difficulty with 13 Down! The A from the clue is followed by a legendary giant
14a First step, introduce about four (10)
A verb meaning to introduce around the Roman numerals for four – a bit “same both sides”
18a Grouse making grand deep sound? (7)
This verb meaning to grouse is derived from G(rand) and a deep sound
21a Power of wife lying in state (4)
W(ife) inside a verb meaning to state
23a Direct empty cartridge close to target (5-5)
A verb meaning to direct followed by an empty cartridge, i.e. one without a bullet
26a Excessively bright rig has collapsed (6)
An anagram (collapsed) of RIG HAS
2d Messenger is beaten going round metropolis (3,7)
A messenger from God inside (going round) a verb meaning is beaten
3d Travel carrying little weight in island (4)
A two-letter verb meaning to travel around the abbreviation for a small avoirdupois weight gives this island which is part of a Mediterranean state
4d Officer’s phoney tip-off — car about to be seized (7,3)
An anagram (phoney) of TIP-OFF CAR around the single-letter Latin abbreviation for about
7d Always a metallist suffered (2,3,5)
An anagram (suffered) of A METALLIST
13d Trap positions American inside pretentious public houses (3,7)
A type of trap or snare followed by some positions with A(merican) inside – I don’t think you could describe Miffypops’ pub as one of these!
19d In France, I love crossing wealthy city (7)
The French word for “I” and a tennis score of love or zero around an adjective meaning wealthy
23d Get stick for going up and down? (4)
A gently cryptic definition of what Chambers defines as “a child’s toy consisting of a stick with a handle and footholds, mounted on a strong spring, on which to stand and bounce along”
24d Look always beyond lake (4)
A poetic term for always is preceded by (beyond) L(ake)
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The Quick Crossword pun: foals+aisle+ashes=false eyelashes