Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28958 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Mr K
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Hello, everyone. I’m standing in for BD today while he’s busy leading the blog’s tenth birthday celebration. The Telegraph has gifted us an excellent puzzle for the occasion.
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. In the hints below indicators are italicized and definitions are underlined. Clicking on a picture will enlarge it or display a bonus illustration.
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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1a Seasonal visitors behave like hippos aboard ship (8)
A word describing what hippos do in mud is inserted in (aboard) the usual ship
9a Sound of McCartney’s instrument designed after muffling a cellar (8)
A homophone (sound of…) the instrument played by Paul McCartney is followed by a synonym of designed with its A deleted (after muffling a)
10a Hood’s weapon laid down after new fine (6)
A weapon used by Robin Hood is placed after (laid down after) the abbreviation for new
12a Menace seen in newsagents returned and trespassed (6)
This Menace is seen in cartoons in publications sold by newsagents. Returned is instructing us to reverse his first name
22a Unfortunately rolled over railway that’s usually banked (6)
Put together a synonym of unfortunately that’s been reversed (rolled over) and an abbreviation for railway
23a Kind of animal story with a message — all is lost (8)
A charade of the best animal and a story with a message that’s had ALL from the clue deleted (all is lost)
25a Individual copies turned over with speed (8)
Copies or imitates is reversed (turned over) and has a synonym of speed appended
27a Lads collecting rubbish before one’s train stops (8)
The word describing how lads are related to their parents containing (collecting) the fusion of some rubbish and the Roman one. In the cryptic reading of the clue the ‘s is a contraction of “is”, giving the clue structure wordplay is definition
2d It could give you a reaction (6)
This synonym of reaction can be abbreviated as A
6d Thought alcohol should be present in rum I made (8)
An alcoholic spirit is inserted in (should be present in) an anagram (rum) of I MADE
8d A day’s absconding wouldn’t make a meaningful difference, in these times (8)
Deleting A DAY’S from the solution (a day’s absconding) leaves a word that means pretty much the same thing
15d Social class consuming telly — bit of outdated technology? (8)
A Hindu social class containing (consuming) a television receiver
16d Aggro as the French start to natter in subtly different voice (8)
A French definite article and the first letter of (start to) NATTER are placed together in a slight rearrangement of the letters in VOICE (subtly different voice)
19d Heath maybe cut through by slate set up to make tracks (6)
The first name of Prime Minister Heath, for example (maybe), containing (cut through by) the reversal (set up, in a down clue) of a word meaning slate or criticize harshly
20d Something food goes in — a covering to food (6)
Something food might be cooked in and A from the clue preceding (covering, in a down clue) TO from the clue
21d Ring made of rubber seen as part of finery too, conversely (4)
The solution is lurking in (seen as part of) the reversal of (…conversely) the remainder of the clue
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