Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28982 (Hints)
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The Boss has gone off to the local market and left me looking after today’s prize puzzle. This was a bit more challenging than some of the recent Saturday offerings, but was very enjoyable. I found the top half seemed to go in quite normally and then the lower half presented a few things to think about.
Thank you to the setter. If you are scratching around for things to do, you may like to go and find today’s Financial Times where Rosa Klebb has produced a rather fine and witty puzzle.
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 University spoken highly of given a boost (8)
The abbreviation for university followed by something meaning spoken highly of something gives you a word meaning boosted.
6a Reportedly one might provide alien craft? (6)
The name for a spaceship for an alien sounds like someone who may supply things.
11a European Union brought in right kind of fur that can be recycled (8)
The abbreviation for the European Union goes inside a short way of saying right and word for a kind of fur worn by women to give something meaning recycled.
13a Celebration of moving conflict between two dynasties (5-7)
A word for a gathering to celebrate a change of dwelling comprises something meaning conflict coming between two words for dynasty, the first a generic name and the other a name for a Chinese one.
16a At home during date, father cooked chicken (5-7)
A description for someone who is chicken is a short word meaning at home inside an anagram of date and father
21a Slap on the mouth (8)
What ‘slap’ is colloquially and where it goes is a cryptic definition.
23a & 24 Aspiration provides motivation embracing grand image of Oxford (8,6)
A description associated with Oxford is made up of a word for an aspiration and a way of saying is providing motivation with and abbreviation for grand.
24a See 23 Across
26a Turn around keeping hand in skipping (8)
A word for a turn in a game is reversed and has a name for a hand and the word in within. This gives something meaning skipping.
2d Actor has power over film (6)
The name for someone who treads the boards has the abbreviation for power, plus a word for a film on a surface of something.
4d Plant in river being cultivated by wise old president (9)
A type of American plant is found by taking the abbreviation for river and placing that inside something meaning wise and the surname of two former US Presidents.
5d Run down bottom of escarp in scrub (7)
A word meaning to run down is made up of the last letter (bottom) of escarp, inside a word meaning to scrub or cancel something….
6d Cancel boxing match? (5)
… and this is a double definition for a word that could have defined the indication in the previous clue!
7d Like most police, kept in the dark when second note goes missing (9)
A way of describing policemen is a word meaning kept in the dark about something without the second N, for note.
14d A new suggestion — Italian wine that’s served in trattoria (9)
Something you’d get to start your meal in a trattoria is made up of a word sum. A + abbreviation for new + a word for a suggestion + the name of an Italian wine.
15d A queen needing husband in inferior play (3,5)
The name of a famous contemporary play is a way of saying inferior with A, plus the abbreviations for queen and husband inside.
17d Old car with restricted amount of actual leg room (7)
A hidden answer for an old banger.
22d It is not commonly a defect (5)
If you said ‘It is not’ in certain parts of the country, you have it sound like a word meaning a defect.
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The Quick Crossword pun: Kwai+turf+yew=quite a few