Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28964 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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I was somewhat overwhelmed by the generosity shown last Saturday. My thanks go to all concerned, especially the two Janes, Mr K and Chris Lancaster. I hope to be adding some pictures later.
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 Game commander advanced position (10)
A card game is followed by a commander
6a Fellow feeling secure? (4)
Two definitions – a noun meaning “fellow feeling” or empathy and a verb meaning to secure or bind
11a Time after trial to pen the last word in witness statement (9)
Put T(ime) after a trial and then around the last word in, typically, a prayer
21a What’s bust it? an iceberg’s fragment (7)
Hidden (fragment) inside the clue is something described by the whole clue
24a Providing a fine crossing (9)
The A from the clue and F(ine) are followed by a verb meaning crossing water
25a Name adopted by one famous acting style (5)
N(ame) inside (adopted by) the surname of a famous actor
26a Cheat, say, repelled magistrate (4)
A two-letter verb meaning to cheat is followed by the reversal (repelled) of the Latin abbreviation for say / for example
27a Tinier boys disorderly, being drunk (10)
An anagram (disorderly) of TINIER BOYS
1d Independent religious group following bishop to create schism? (6)
I(ndependent) followed by a religious group and preceded by (following) B(ishop)
2d In LA, professional killer in charge upset celebrity (3,3)
… “in LA / Los Angeles” indicates an Americanism
3d Take a walking holiday? Then Mrs May might do this! (2,2,3,7)
A cryptic definition of what Prime Minister May did back in 2017 (and wished she hadn’t!)
7d One manages old piece of poetry with little hesitation (8)
O(ld) is followed by a piece of poetry and a two-letter word of hesitation
8d Let off appointment college introduced (8)
An appointment around (introduced) a famous college
9d Artillery and cavalry unit’s what’s needed to restore power (7,7)
Some artillery followed by a horse used by the cavalry
15d Showing embarrassment, put up with drummer catching daughter in bold action (7-2)
You don’t see this word for months or years and then it comes up twice in the same week! The reversal of a colour indicating embarrassment is followed by a famous drummer around D(aughter)
16d Show anger over help for Egyptian city (4,4)
The reversal of a five-letter show of anger is followed by a word meaning help
17d Poet with gift for sorting out quibble (8)
An anagram (for sorting out) of POET with GIFT gives this archaic verb meaning to quibble
20d Words introducing unknown religious belief not generally accepted (6)
The shortened form (4’1) of some words of introduction followed by a mathematical unknown
22d Copyright article about Irish terrier (5)
C(opyright) and an indefinite article around IR(ish)
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The Quick Crossword pun: hype+itched=high-pitched