Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29030 (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 Handle cars in irregular trade (10)
Some small cars inside an anagram (irregular) of TRADE
6a One of pair once popular in America (4)
The first name of one of this popular duo is hidden in the final word of the clue
11a Cooked pure supply of food that’s kosher (9)
An anagram (cooked) of PURE is followed by a “supply of food”
13a Renegade characteristic shown by lowly soldiers (7)
A characteristic is followed by the two-letter abbreviation for some rank and file soldiers
18a They may be seen at Covent Garden — work scrubbing King Edwards? (5,7)
A two-letter work is followed by a verb meaning scrubbing or deleting, the regnal cipher of King Edward and the S from ‘S
23a See head of BBC occupying grand accommodation (7)
This is a charade of a two-letter word meaning see, the two-letter abbreviation for the head of the BBC, a two-letter word meaning occupying and G(rand)
25a The brightest star among historical pharaohs (5)
Hidden (among) inside the clue
27a America perhaps hosting golf team (10)
The type of land mass of which North or South America is an example around the letter represented by golf on the NATO Phonetic alphabet
1d Copper and gold glow (6)
The chemical symbol for gold followed by a verb meaning to glow
2d US state keeps Republican jolly (6)
… if you’ve not seen this definition before, it’s a Usual Suspect!
3d One’s often played at Wembley with people such as Shearer before the start of match (8,6)
Some people followed by the first name of former footballer Shearer, THE from the clue and the initial letter (start) of M[atch]
5d European levy raised trapping papa who’s living abroad (5)
E(uropean) followed by the reversal (raised)of a levy around (trapping) the letter represented by papa in international radio communication
9d When duels traditionally take place, with familiar cricket commentator and doctor entering prepared to fight (2,7,5)
When duels traditionally take place (2,4) around a familiar cricket commentator and the abbreviation for doctor
16d Morse, cop playing Wagner perhaps (8)
An anagram (playing) of MORSE COP
17d Ages taken up by single interval (8)
Ages or periods reversed (taken up in a down clue) followed by a single gives one of the lesser intervals of the musical scale
19d Spot politician in large building (6)
Out usual politician inside a large imposing building
22d Greek character takes in endangered creature (5)
A three-letter Greek character around IN from the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun:
Top row: quay+pup+with
Bottom row: urge+own+zees=keep up with the jones’s