Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28940 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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Happy New Year. The blog is rapidly approaching the end of its tenth year. I hope to see many of you, whether old friends or new, at the Tenth Birthday Bash on the 26th.
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.
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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 Clear backing to enter Brazilian city to reach America is absurd (10)
The reversal (backing) of a five-letter adjective meaning clear inside (to enter) a Brazilian city followed by (to reach) a two-letter abbreviation for America
9a Mostly seek advice from transport office in Rome (10)
Most of a seven-letter word meaning to seek advice followed by a form of transport gives the office of a chief magistrate in Ancient Rome
12a TV presenter in cast for folk song (6)
The less sober half of a pair of TV presenters goes inside a verb meaning to cast
13a Injecting drug, turn to crime fast (8)
Insert (injecting) our usual single-letter drug into an anagram (turn) of TO CRIME
18a Murder mystery a mother set up ingeniously (3,9)
An anagram (ingeniously) of A MOTHER SET UP – when I saw this murder mystery back in 1962 it had been going for ten years; it’s still there today!
21a Party needs servile type to get power (8)
A two-letter party or function is followed by (needs) a servile type
25a Fought against mineral racket once (10)
A seven-letter verb meaning fought against followed by a mineral gives a racket used in an old-fashioned (once) game of the same name
27a A letter granting authorisation (10)
A three-letter word meaning A, as in tuppence a bag (guess who watched Mary Poppins over Christmas!), followed by a letter
1d Playground on a street reconstructed (6)
A three-letter shortened form of a playground is followed by the A from the clue and ST(reet)
4d Drunkard, opulent, spending penny (4)
An adjective meaning opulent from which the abbreviation for penny has been dropped (spending)
7d Rather like meal to be a success (8)
This meal is not, for example, breakfast or dinner but powdered grain
11d Generous woman makes complaint about new player (12)
A four-letter verb meaning to complain (makes complaint) goes around N(ew) and is followed by a female player in a drama
16d Designation of family film acquired by movie-makers working hard (8)
The designation that indicates a family film goes inside (acquired by) some movie-making companies
17d Truck driver — one trying to go round America (8)
This US term for a truck driver is derived from someone trying around a two-letter abbreviation for America (not the same as the one in 1 Across!)
20d Scrub allowed to be engulfed by river (6)
This verb meaning to scrub or erase is derived from a verb meaning allowed inside the Jolly Miller’s river
23d Stop race (4)
Two definitions – while the first was obvious I had to check the second in the BRB, which is a race or family
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The Quick Crossword pun: fizz+occult+raining=physical training