Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28976 (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 Discharge rifle (4)
Two definitions – both are verbs
9a ‘Run, I’ve seen a mouse!’ — that creates a stink (4)
R(un) followed by what one might say on seeing a mouse
10a Drew attention to being insufficiently padded? (10)
… how I drew your attention to the definition!
13a Happiness, with no pressure — I must go in for a rest (7)
Start with a word meaning happiness, drop the P(ressure) and insert (must go in) an I for the A
18a Having put on underwear, I exit and check out (11)
Having put on an item of underwear (2,4) followed by the I from the clue and an exit
22a Extremely great legendary footballer, this person doubly good being boxed in (7)
There are many legendary footballers, pick one of them with a four-letter surname (not Pele!) and insert the first person singular subjective pronoun and a pair of (doubly) G(ood)s
25a Left single, poetry beginning to sharpen this? (10)
L(eft), a three-letter word for single, some poetry and the initial letter (beginning) of S[harpen]
26a Supplements with small advertisements getting centre spread? (4)
Start with the small advertisements and double (spread) the middle (centre) letter
1d Went with speed trap being restricted, not generating enough cash? (8)
A four-letter verb meaning went with speed around (being restricted) TRAP
4d Obtains combination of two sizes (5)
Obtains, as in obtains a new job, is a combination of two sizes separated by a conjunction
5d Bow beau reviews revues there — they’re what distinguishes them? (9)
Each of the first three pairs of words sound the same so you are looking for what distinguishes them
6d ‘Times’ makes the connection between factors in this action (11)
Easier than it looks – factor times factor gives what (mathematical) action?
8d Swift in South of France hidey-hole (6)
The French for South is followed by a hidey-hole
15d In Gap, love to fill in, displaying creativity (9)
Simply follow the instructions – IN from the clue followed by a gap and then O (love in tennis) inside (to fill) the second IN from the clue
16d Brilliant story, ‘Knight Time’ — needs editor (8)
As with the previous clue, simply follow the instructions – a story followed by the chess notation for a knight, T(ime) and ED(itor)
22d Nips to get parts around Spain (5)
Some parts or pieces around the IVR code for Spain
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