Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28917 (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.
4a Turn to face girl that might give one a lift (8)
A verb meaning to turn followed by a young girl
9a Viewing part of gun at home before midnight? (8)
Part of a gun followed by a two-letter word meaning at home and the middle letter of night (mid-bight)
11a I name grand levy first that is onerous (6)
I followed by N(ame) and G(rand) and preceded by (first) a levy
12a Order not in place where roads cross (8)
Drop (not) the IN from an order
16a Releases reported in court in icy spell (6-2)
What sounds like (reported) a verb meaning releases is followed by a two-letter word meaning in court, perhaps before the magistrates
23a Part of harbour‘s important group, we hear (8)
Sounds like (we hear) a three-letter word meaning important and a group
26a Some indeed literally left? (8)
A word meaning some inside DEED (in deed literally)
1d What gardeners do that’s seen in the gym? (7)
Split (4,3) this could describe what gardeners do
2d Involved in eighth part of magic show on the radio (9)
IN is followed by what sounds like (on the radio) the eight part of a magic show (5,5)
3d Like stars from the zodiac (6)
… two matching (like) stars in a sign of the zodiac!
4d Dirty dishes, water perhaps and detergent (7-2,6)
The dirty dishes waiting in the sink (7-2) are followed by the type of substance of which water is an example (perhaps)
5d People, say, kept in denial (8)
Some people around (kept in) the Latin abbreviation for say / for example
14d Number, indefinite number, forming triad (9)
A five-letter number followed by an indefinite number
15d Outfit‘s shares perhaps not popular (8)
Start with a word for shares etc. and drop the two-letter word meaning popular
18d Compulsory cover (7)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning compulsory and a cover for, say, a book
22d Sporting body leading doctor a dance (5)
A body that controls a particular sport is followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a doctor and the A from the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: runner+weighs=runaways