Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28988 (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 Frenchwoman assembled sandwiches in the morning … (6)
A four-letter word meaning assembled or created around (sandwiches) the abbreviation for morning
4a … Parisian is eating load — it’s a national delicacy (8)
The French (Parisian) for “is” around (eating) a load
11a Change direction in wood to get hands warmer (5)
Start with a small wooded area and change the direction of its second letter – at first I thought this should have been “hand warmer” but the answer can be a verb as well as a noun
15a Morally cleaner needs to get round the heartless innkeeper (8)
An adjective meaning morally cleaner around T[h]E without its middle letter (heartless)
18a Lions perhaps face to face, caged in so disconnectedly (8)
The type of creatures of which lions are an example (perhaps), one reversed and one forward (face to face) inside (caged in) SO from the clue
25a Grand to start with, then more ruffled, one goes slowly downhill (7)
The initial letter (to start with) G[rand] followed by an adjective meaning with more ruffs or frills (more ruffled)
27a Lodge attendance is given with mystical sign (9)
The attendance at an event for which admission is charged followed by a mystical sign (of the Zodiac)
29a Small lock causes anxiety (6)
S(mall) followed by a lock of hair
1d Timidity and confusion about broken knee (8)
Some confusion around an anagram (broken) of KNEE
3d Million British pounds put in cannot offset peak of continental Europe (4,5)
M(illion) followed by B(ritish) and the symbol for pound sterling inside an anagram (offset) of CANNOT
5d After little time, however, good person reverses change of heart (6,8)
A six-letter short period (little) of time followed by a word meaning however and the reversal of our usual good person
7d The last king taking in princess for good of Tyneside (7)
Start with the name of the last king of the UK and replace the (second) G(ood) with the shortened name of Crosswordland’s favourite princess
8d Clothing style drew the old (3-3)
… “the old” in Crosswordland is an old word for the!
9d Dancing bear that sits on royal, amazingly (14)
An anagram (dancing) of BEAR THAT followed by an adjective meaning royal
16d Fancy a drink? ‘Pronto!’ (4,1,4)
A charade of a verb meaning to fancy, the A from the clue and a drink gives a phrase meaning ‘pronto!’ or quickly
17d Dark, like a low-budget movie? (8)
… a movie made without any expensive actors
19d One keeps a sleeping partner at arm’s length (4,3)
One of these keeps the partner with whom one is sleeping an arm’s length away!
24d Bolt from public school when head’s absent (5)
Drop the initial letter (head) from the name of a famous public school
The Crossword Club is now open.
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The Quick Crossword pun: kitsch+inns+zinc=kitchen sink – thanks to those who pointed out that the pun was spread over three answers