Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28881 (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.
My full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
Good morning from East Kent where despite the sun, the five degree temperature and the northerly wind chill make it feel like an outpost of Siberia.
I’ve had one of those weeks at work where, because so many people were on leave, there’s been quite a lot of ‘I know it isn’t your job, but …’. It would appear that my weekend isn’t going to be any different as Tilsit, who normally provides the hints while Big Dave is at the monthly village market, hasn’t any prospect of his area’s broadband service being restored until this afternoon. It has been quite hard to pick which clues to hint, but if I haven’t given one where you need assistance, just ask and one of us will be pleased to assist.
1a It’s a job for company boss to get in old car, step on it (7,5)
The job a company boss does is also a step to assist people getting in an old motor car
10a Fast runner, one using unfair methods by the sound of it (7)
The fastest land mammal sounds like one using unfair methods
14a Timid beast — roam about, nibbling a herb (9)
An anagram (about) of ROAM ‘nibbling’ A (from the clue) and a herb
16a One denies advantage writer of detective stories detailed (9)
A synonym for advantage followed by almost all (detailed) of the surname of a lady detective story writer
24a Easy time I will get entertained by competitor (7)
The abbreviation for time followed by I (from the clue) ‘entertained by’ or inserted into a competitor
26a Record number seeing TV they turned off (7-5)
An anagram (turned off) of SEEING TV THEY
1d Kick off again with skill after half-time? (7)
Another word for skill follows what the football players, for example, might have done at half-time
2d I will cut inferior? Not at all (7)
I (from the clue) inserted into a synonym for inferior
3d Spruce woman goes after fashionable hospital (9)
The type of tree that a spruce is and a woman’s name go after the usual two-letter word meaning fashionable
7d These help to bring round humming sailors (8,5)
Having an unpleasant aroma (humming) plus one of the many terms used in Crosswordland for sailors
8d Funny men, twin heroes not around (3,3,7)
A fairly obvious anagram (around) of TWIN HEROES NOT but it gives the blogger a good photo opportunity!
19d Stolid trap for criminals in mission abroad (7)
Another way of saying stolid or humourless followed by a trap for criminals
22d Chapter in uplifting story draws applause (5)
The abbreviation for chapter inserted into a reversal (uplifting in a Down clue) of a story
The Crossword Club is now open. Play nicely please and watch the overuse of hints. I have wired up the naughty step.
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The Quick Crossword pun: whisk+eagle+awe=Whisky Galore