Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28946 (Hints)
Big Dave’s 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.
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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.
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Some hints follow.
1a At sea, I’ll float fleet (8)
An anagram (at sea) of I’LL FLOAT
11a Sucker‘s target? (5-3)
Two definitions – do they still make these sweets?
12a Calm down quickly if captured (6)
An adjective meaning quick around (captured) IF from the clue – is it just me or has the setter defined an adjective with an adverb (quickly)?
13a Supports two old railway experts (4,2,6)
A clever charade of two (4,2) and “old” UK railway and some experts
21a Type of fiend that’s found outside (5,3)
A cryptic definition of a “fiend” who enjoys being outside
24a We backed abandoning the wrong crowd (6)
Drop (abandoning) the reversal (backed) of WE from two words in the clue
25a New York perhaps withholding drug — trendy drug (6)
New York is an example (perhaps) of one of these – drop (withholding) our usual single-letter drug and add a
three-letter two-letter word meaning trendy
26a Kind of blue? One follows in leader’s plane (3,5)
Having difficulty with this one? – I’m not surprised. If the answer is followed by “One” you get the US leader’s private plane.
2d About five kilometres for the union (6)
Two definitions – the first being a nautical measure of length
4d Thief left fire-raiser, reportedly (9)
L(eft) followed by what sounds like (reportedly) a fire-raiser
5d Complicated trade with company offering particular style (3,4)
An anagram (complicated) of TRADE followed by CO(mpany)
8d Shop without obligation? (4-4)
A word suggesting without an obligation is actually a type of shop mostly found at airports
14d One might guard female captured by flier (9)
This person, who might guard the crown jewels, is derived by putting F(emale) inside a brightly-plumaged bird (3-5)
18d Meal to take out (6)
A meal consumed in the open air
20d Lady the lender houses (5)
A girl’s name is hidden (houses) inside the clue
22d Brother‘s ring seen underneath instrument (5)
The answer is one of a famous comedy team of brothers – O (ring) preceded by (underneath) a musical instrument
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The Quick Crossword pun: Pharaoh+islands=Faroe Islands