Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28875 (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 Dismiss concerto, say, that sparkles all too briefly? (8)
A charade of a verb meaning to dismiss and a word that could describe a concerto, for example / say, gives something that sparkles all too briefly
9a Coming from a northern place, Poles should embrace part of southern Europe (8)
Place both poles around (embrace) a large peninsular in southern Europe
10a Auditor’s guarantee to the bank (6)
Sounds like (auditor’s) a word meaning to guarantee
11a Early Protestant religious teaching given by prior (8)
Some religious teaching followed by a word meaning prior or earlier
22a Little building done after 1945? (6)
This would appear to be a cryptic definition of a small building of the type erected in the aftermath of World War II, although it seems clumsy to me
23a Pretensions intense when heading left in plane, high-fliers’ rate? (3,5)
Some pretensions are followed by the reversal (when heading left) of an adjective meaning intense
25a Using a fine-tooth comb every sixty seconds? (8)
A double definition where the pronunciation of the first two syllables distinguishes the two meanings
27a Action’s modified to get to grips with golf? One’s sceptical (8)
An anagram (modified) of ACTION’S around (to get to grips with) the letter represented by Golf in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
2d About to touch nude’s cold shoulder (6)
A word meaning about or concerning followed by a word meaning nude or naked
3d Something to scare people with and carry, being insecure (3,3)
The carefully concealed W(ith) is followed by an anagram (being insecure) of CARRY
6d Examine public transport’s appliance of science? (4,4)
A verb meaning to examinine or check is followed by some public transport like that found in London
7d Kent’s changing situation — ‘smart’ people no longer call here (5,3)
The place where Clark Kent used to change into Superman! The introduction of the “smart” version has meant that very few of these are left
8d Service bringing in tourists — jam’s expected sooner or later, depending on area (5,3)
This is a cryptic definition of a service provided to tourists in which the jam is added first or last depending on whether you are in Devon or Cornwall!
17d Sweet that’s Italian or American — I ruin it when served up (8)
At first glance this looks like an anagram (which doesn’t work!) indicated by “when served up”, but it’s actually a reversal of a charade of a two-letter abbreviation for American, the I from the clue, a three-letter word meaning to ruin and IT from the clue – when “served up” by Mrs BD (see below), this is delicious
19d Key duo forged to get cash in Europe once (6)
A key on the computer keyboard is followed by an anagram (forged) of DUO
21d Tense, like a fence in ‘Atton Garden? (4)
This adjective meaning tense or nervous could be an unaspirated (in ‘Atton Garden) adjective meaning like a fence
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The Quick Crossword pun: homing+sure+ants=home insurance