Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28923 (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 Runs behind simple boat (4)
R(uns) followed by a word meaning behind
3a Second Greek character taken short just after game (10)
Nothing to do with the second Greek character – a four-letter verb meaning to second is followed by most of (taken short) a Greek character and a preposition meaning just after
9a Simpleton recalled party held by Musk (6)
The reversal of a two-letter party inside the first name of billionaire Musk
11a Cover to protect a utensil for cooking (8)
Once you have identified the definition, this becomes a lot easier – it’s an anagram (for cooking) of A UTENSIL
14a Virgo perhaps needs a large cue (6)
The astrological Virgo, not snooker player John Virgo, is followed by the A from the clue and L(arge)
23a Order child to return tawdry articles (6)
The reversal of a three-letter child is followed by some tawdry articles
24a Friendly question of identity for party leader (8)
Split as (2,1,5) this is a question this senile party leader could well ask himself
26a Gets rid of important lines on graph (4)
1d Tries to get involved in actual practice (9)
A verb meaning tries in a court of law inside (get involved in) a word meaning actual
3d Wailer/whaler seeks this (7)
Two separate meanings of this word could apply to the wailer and the whaler
5d Excited seeing son’s rock band (7)
An anagram (excited) of SEEING is followed by S(on)
6d Has second job on Air Transport Auxiliary provided work for Joanna? (9,6)
A verb meaning has an unofficial second job is followed by ON from the clue and the abbreviation of Air Transport Auxiliary – Joanna here is rhyming slang for pianna (piano)
15d Great size claimed by shifty sea-anglers when one’s got away (9)
An anagram (shifty) of SEA-ANGLERS without one of the As (one’s got away)
18d Old movie star we will leave having upset gold expert (7)
Stat with an old movie star (3,4), drop WE (will leave) WE from her surname and follow what’s left with the reversal (upset) of the heraldic term for gold
19d Leak instruction in cross-reference? (7)
Split as (3,4) this could be an instruction in a cross-reference
21d Trainee detective comes up without notice (5)
The reversal (comes up in a down clue) of three-letter colloquial word for a detective around (without) a notice
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The Quick Crossword pun: canny+belies=cannibalise