Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29036 (Hints)
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Big Dave’s at the monthly village market and Tilsit has major broadband problems not of his own making – unless of course he was the one who set the ‘box over the road’ on fire. So the fifth cavalry has hurriedly bashed out a few hints. I’m sure people will ask for more assistance, but have a good look at the clues and you may find them more straightforward than you thought on first reading
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 Party’s rejected a constituent for boozy tipples (4)
Reverse (rejected) another way of saying party’s and then add A (from the clue)
9a Did butterfly perhaps bring about gaping mouths? (4)
Reverse (bring about) what the BRB refers to as mouths of voracious animals and the connection to butterfly will become clear
14a Review after seeing ‘Devil and Saint’ show (11)
Another word for review goes after a devil and an abbreviated saint
18a Choose twisted or clever end with a shock? (11)
A synonym for choose, a reversal (twisted) of OR (from the clue) and another word for clever
23a Common uniform, wearing stockings in see-through construction (10)
A piece of land (common) and some stockings into which is inserted (wearing) the letter represented by uniform in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet
26a Something often in wood that bears nosh (4)
A wooden article that carries nosh
1d Shelves in which American lifted forks out (8)
A verb meaning shelves is obtained by putting the abbreviation for American into a more formal way of saying ‘forks out’
8d Say Trotter’s around, one could go downhill fast (6)
A reversal of an abbreviated way of saying ‘say’ followed by the name by which a certain Mr Trotter is commonly known
12d Facility being new in bay, northern relative’s trapped inside (11)
Insert the abbreviation for new into a bay and then insert (trapped) the abbreviation for northern into a relative
19d Terrible automatic reaction after picking up newspaper (6)
Insert (picking up) an informal term for a newspaper into an automatic bodily reaction
20d What’s coming up on and off from one exec rocks TV (6)
The solution can be found reversed (coming up) in alternate letters (on and off) in the three words before the definition
22d Writer’s accepted as essential (5)
AS (from the clue inserted into (accepted) a brand name for a particular ‘writer’
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