Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28929 (Hints)
The Christmas 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 American chemical company taken in by staff person on the fiddle perhaps (8)
Not an American chemical company, but a two-letter abbreviation for American followed by a British chemical company inside (taken in by) a verb meaning to staff
5a House’s top storey left out, contrarily (4)
The reversal (contrarily) of a storey without the L(eft)
9a People farming small-scale little vegetables and animals (8)
Some little vegetables followed by some members of the animal kingdom (remember that not all animals are mammals!)
11a Grand bit of cricket attended by neither head of state? (8)
G(rand) followed by a period in a game of cricket and a word meaning neither
14a Discovered one in a hundred will offer charity, say (10)
A word meaning discovered is followed by I (one) inside the A from the clue and a score of a hundred
22a Resoundingly haughty king’s dropped out, university’s admitted (6)
To get this adverb meaning resoundingly start with an adjective meaning haughty, drop the Latin abbreviation for Rex (king) and insert (admitted) U(niversity)
23a Cabinet‘s award going to ‘Shakespeare in Love’? On the contrary (8)
A three-letter award is followed by a word often used to describe Shakespeare not inside but , on the contrary, outside O (love)
27a Crooning about tango is creating irritation (8)
A verb meaning crooning around the letter represented by Tango in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
2d Without wishing, fast watch rudely gets stuck around five (6)
This verb meaning to fast involuntarily (without wishing) is derived from a verb meaning to watch rudely around (gets stuck around) he Roman numeral for five
4d Scientist whose research needs looking up (10)
A cryptic definition of a scientist whose work involves looking up at the sky
6d First to get over splintered railing (8)
O(ver) is followed by an anagram (splintered) of RAILING
7d UK ministry, talking shop with its counterparts, will meet volunteers in spring (8)
A two-letter abbreviation of one of the main UK ministries followed by an international organisation with which it deals, some volunteer soldiers and IN from the clue
8d Cultivating grass in Crosby? (8)
An easy clue, but an opportunity to include a seasonal video! – put a type of grass inside the name by which crooner Crosby is known
13d What’s needed for 1 part of refrain — strum enthusiastically! (10)
Hidden (part of) inside the clue is what is needed for a 1 Across
15d Putting coat on, yearns for old-fashioned measurements (8)
A type of warm coat is followed by a verb meaning yearns
20d Hip and excellent island state (6)
A hip or fruit followed by the abbreviations for excellent and I(sland)
21d Going up, for instance, from French border (4)
The reversal (going up in a down clue) of the Latin abbreviation of “for instance” and the French for “from”
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The Quick Crossword pun: peat+Earp+Anne=Peter Pan