Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28899 (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.
A problem that used to appear has reared its head again! It seems there are two types of apostrophe, one that the Telegraph software likes and one that it doesn’t. The former is in evidence in 2d, 16d and 17d and works in both online puzzle and pdf. The later, as seen in 14d and 19d, does not show in the online version and appears as � in the pdf! These hints show the correct versions of both 14d and 19d. [Update. The Puzzles Editor has now corrected the apostrophes! ]
1a Magistrates push for weightlifting exercise (5,5)
Combine a collective word for magistrates with a verb meaning to push
9a One unearthing facts about brand used by singer/actress (10)
A two-letter word meaning about (not the Latin one!) is followed by a verb meaning to brand or burn and a singer/actress
12a Actor Stephen receiving East German with hostile demeanour (6)
The surname of actor Stephen around (receiving) the German for East
15a Deem fit for work of some importance (12)
Split as (8,4) this could mean to deem to be fit for work
18a Worrying about son is what could make one even happier (12)
Around S(on) place an anagram (could make) of even happier
22a Fish both ways in sea (6)
The abbreviations for both ways or directions go inside a word meaning the sea
24a A hospital rejected rocket scientists (4)
The A from the clue and the abbreviated form of a type of hospital, all reversed (rejected)
27a Know someone without a partner spurning the French area of London (10)
A three-letter word meaning to know is followed by a nine-letter word meaning someone without a partner from which the French definite article has been dropped
1d Wager about official having suffered loss (6)
A wager goes around a whistle-blowing sports official
3d Frank talking with Heather excitedly about paintings etc nearby (5-2-5)
An anagram (excitedly) of HEATHER around a word for paintings and similar artefacts and a two-letter word that can mean nearby
5d Woman waiting up? (10)
A cryptic definition of a woman who waits on passengers in an aircraft
7d Strong words help upcoming set of people (8)
The reversal (upcoming in a down clue) of a three-letter word meaning help is followed by a set of people of common descent
11d RAF perhaps flying around Belgium and Borneo occasionally (12)
A word meaning the art of flying aircraft goes around the IVR code for Belgium and the odd letters of BORNEO
14d Noise belts out that’s apparent (10)
An anagram (out) of NOISE BELTS
16d Detective’s assistant has to capture cheat (8)
What you need to do here is to work out which detective this person is assisting and it’s not Sherlock Holmes! Put HAS around (to capture) a verb meaning to cheat
19d Space-traveller‘s aircraft on time (6)
The omission of the apostrophe in early online versions made the definition appear to be plural! An aircraft followed by (on in a down clue) T(ime) gives a space traveller
20d Trainee told where to find tea in Yorkshire? (6)
Split the answer as (2,1’3) and you have a dreadful homophone of how a Yorkshireman might tell you where to find tea
23d Regularly applauds good point (4)
The even letters (regularly) of the second word in the clue
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