Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28970 (Hints)
The 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.
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 Visit happening regularly at short intervals (8)
Two definitions – the first being to visit often
9a A final song for Scotsman (8)
The A from the clue and words meaning final and song, split as (1,4,3), gives a forename that often, but not always, indicates Scottish descent
11a Familiar-sounding activity before service? (7,1,4)
This activity happens before many church services – it certainly does in our village!
15a Edward leaving to increase foreign money (6)
Remove the two-letter shortened version of Edward from a verb meaning to increase
16a Scoff as article gets penned by Sue’s partner (4)
… for the benefit of overseas solvers, this is Sue Perkins’ partner, the one with the unpronounceable surname, on The Great British Bake Off – until it moved from the BBC to Channel 4 (at which point Mrs BD and millions of others stopped watching it!)
21a Talk about son, occasionally filthy, showing virtue (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to talk casually around S(on) is followed by the even (occasionally) letters of FILTHY
27a Notice said ungulate that’s found in the main (8)
What sounds like (said) a verb meaning to notice is followed by an ungulate (creature with hooves)
28a Man reorganising the rodeo (8)
This male forename is an anagram (reorganising) of THE RODEO – one forename in a puzzle is one too many, this is the second one!
2d A good one might be welcome relief (8)
When preceded by the word good, Chambers defines this phrase as welcome relief – what more can be said?
3d A fourth window? (12)
This window could be a fourth of a whole window!
7d Look in two-thirds of summerhouse (4)
Take the first four letters of a six-letter word for a summerhouse
8d Comedy hair curler found between beginning and end of day (8)
A hair curler in between the outer letters, beginning and end, of DaY
16d By the way it indicates important stage in one’s life (8)
17d Dress up with band, not Queen, one boasts (8)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a four-letter word meaning dress or clothing is followed by a band from which the Queen’s regnal cipher has been dropped
19d Keeper‘s fee? (8)
Two definitions – someone who keeps something and fee payable to secure a priority of claim on a someone’s services,
25d Help alphabetise clothes (4)
Hidden (clothes) inside one word in the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: stork+curse=stalkers