Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28934 (Hints)
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Tilsit had intended to be providing these hints, but he is currently at a hospital ruining their waiting-time statistics.
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.
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Some hints follow.
1a Insect: it’s problematic for one in the laboratory (9)
An anagram (problematic) of INSECT IT’S
8a Stewards badly organising plant (5,8)
An anagram (organising) of STEWARDS BADLY gives a plant that I didn’t know
12a Appreciate something that’s on hand (5)
Split as (3,2) this means to appreciate
16a Market means of escape (6)
Two definitions – a market or shop selling a particular producer’s products and a vent or opening allowing the escape of something
18a Shed light (5)
Two definitions – to shed, as in to shed a load, and a thin strip of wood or paper used for lighting a fire (my father often used one to light his pipe!)
19a Where those who seek amusement find it under cover (6)
A place, under cover, where one finds amusements such as slot machines
24a Ascent of 100ft (and what’s above it)? (5)
The Roman numeral for 100 followed by a foot and the part of the body that is above it
28a Baby girl might be found here enjoying perfect health (2,3,4)
The colour usually associated with a baby girl
2d Weep taking small part in vault (5)
A verb meaning to weep followed by the abbreviation of P(ar)T
5d Located by eye — by ear? (5)
Sounds like (by ear) a verb meaning observed by eye
6d Attractive area I am deflecting, possibly? (8,5)
An anagram (possibly) of I AM DEFLECTING
7d Suspend heady brat about to be precariously placed (4,2,1,6)
A verb meaning to suspend is followed by an anagram (about) of HEADY BRAT
10d Weighing machine somewhere next to foundry? (9)
Split this weighing machine as (5,4) to get somewhere that could be next to a foundry
22d Polish or another language that’s heard (6)
Sounds like (that’s heard) a different language
25d Bachelors in dock, maybe (5)
The qualifications of bachelor graduates followed by IN from the clue
26d How one comes to confess? (5)
One confesses if one comes this
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The Quick Crossword pun: newer+rot+tic=neurotic