Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28994 (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 A drudge mistakenly offered protection (7)
Anagram (mistakenly) of A DRUDGE
5a About eleven, a tube making ore (7)
An anagram (processed) of A TUBE around the Roman numerals for eleven
11a Outline of house with title removed (10)
An anagram (removed) of HOUSE with TITLE
18a Looked likely to come down in Canaan (8,4)
A word meaning looked likely followed by a verb meaning to come down, typically when in an aeroplane
21a Copyright on mouthpiece cut (4)
The letter that is used to represent copyright followed by (on?) part (piece) of the mouth – I struggled with this at first because the letter alone is part of the symbol and, in an across clue, “on” usually works the other way around (mouthpiece followed by copyright)
22a In record time, one performing duet shows incompetence (10)
IN from the clue followed by an old-fashioned four-track record, T(ime), I (one) and an anagram (performing) of DUET
25a Make material corroded (9)
Some material followed by a three-letter verb meaning corroded
28a Almost certainly genuine, but bizarre (7)
Most of an interjection meaning certainly or undoubtedly followed by an adjective meaning genuine
1d So dull on the outside but oily (6)
A two-letter word meaning so inside (on the outside) an adjective meaning dull
2d Eagle I left in the water (6)
This word, of Latin derivation, for an eagle (as a genus or a constellation) is derived by putting I from the clue and L(eft) inside another word of Latin derivation, this time meaning water
4d Doctor single small creature (5)
The abbreviation for D(octo)R followed by the number which represents a single
7d To some extent at home before a hearing perhaps (2,1,5)
Our usual two-letter word meaning at home followed by the A from the clue and the faculty of which hearing is an example (perhaps)
15d Stay in bed, stay to prepare for ambush (3,2,4)
A phrase meaning to stay in bet followed by a verb meaning to stay
16d This heat is clearly defined (8)
A word which, when followed by heat, is defined by Chambers as “the number of heat units necessary to raise the unit of mass of a given substance one degree in temperature” is also an adjective meaning clearly defined
17d Thus one in chain possibly is fond of others’ company (8)
A two-letter word meaning thus is followed by I (one) inside a chain
20d Pulse taken by lady shortly going round hospital department (6)
This pulse is a vegetable (which makes excellent soup) – an abbreviated form of a lady’s name goes around our usual hospital department
24d Element found by Zulu in chapter (4)
The letter represented by Zulu in the NATO Phonetic alphabet followed by IN from the clue and C(hapter)
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The Quick Crossword pun: lick+quid+ate=liquidate