Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29018 (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 on 12th April 2019, the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow.
4a Cable spring to go first (4,4)
A verb meaning to spring or leap followed by to ho first
9a Craft seen in River Test (8)
A five-letter Asian river followed by a test or attempt
12a Shook from question I have read aloud (8)
QU(estion) followed by the shortened version of I have and what sounds like (aloud) read [to some, but perhaps not all!]
16a General survey on the scene (8)
A four-letter word meaning on followed by a scene
19a Scolding from Rex after son leaves puzzle (8)
Start with a type of word puzzle, drop (leaves) its final letter S(on) and add the English word for the Latin Rex
21a 150 with nothing put in small room (6)
The Roman numerals for 150 followed by O (nothing) and a verb meaning to put
24a Benjamin and Diana touring country (8)
The surname of a former politician whose first name was Benjamin is derived by putting the two-letter abbreviated version of Diana around a country
26a Animal, pig, behind row of shrubs (8)
A pig is preceded by a row of shrubs
1d Stop being active having run off during fight (4,3)
An anagram (off) of RUN inside (during) a fight
3d After its use the written word is lost (6)
A cryptic definition of an object used to remove words written (usually in pencil)
4d What authors use to make connections? (6-2,7)
A cryptic definition of a script used by some authors
5d Doctor accepting old note that’s poor to middling (8)
A five-letter doctor goes around (accepting) O(ld) and is followed by a note in sol-fa notation
7d Accuse bishop struggling again outside (7)
The two-letter abbreviation of a mode of address used for a bishop inside an anagram (struggling) of AGAIN
15d One making third score removed this exit (8)
An anagram (removed) of THIS EXIT
18d One French drink perhaps that’s out of the ordinary (7)
The French for one is followed by a drink, typically one ordered by a regular drinker
22d Kid singing to open TV show (5)
The initial letter (to open) of S[inging] followed by a shortened word meaning a TV show
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The Quick Crossword pun: pyre+near+ring=pioneering