Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29048 (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 Rule out report of how lazy compiler acquired crossword? (8)
Sounds like the crossword was already set up – answers in which the first two letters are unchecked are usually avoided in crosswords as they are borderline unfair, especially when the wordplay is as cryptic as it is here
10a More than one central part in clue to be solved (6)
An anagram (to be solved) of IN CLUE
11a They’ll get pipes going in lake — with people having a row that should be lead-free (8)
These pipes are the kind in which tobacco is smoked! – L(ake) is followed by some people have a row or argument without their first or lead letter (that should be lead-free)
12a Pack skimpy underwear as clothing for run (6)
An item of skimpy underwear around (as clothing for) R(un)
18a High and low will be present, after really going in opposite directions (10)
A word meaning present or in attendance preceded by (after) a word meaning really inside opposite compass directions
23a Disturbing someone in hospital, ringing in (8)
A member of the nursing staff in a hospital around (ringing) IN from the clue
25a Loyalist beginning to pen criminal law (8)
A word meaning the beginning around (to pen) an anagram (criminal) of LAW
27a Most unusual, Conservative’s interrupting converted actress (8)
C(onservative) inside (interrupting) an anagram (converted) of ACTRESS
2d Standard jeans — slim gent seeking every other option (6)
Every second letter (seeking every other option) in JEANS SLIM GENT
4d Detectives given instruction to arrest Republican in a state (10)
Some senior detectives followed by a verb meaning given instruction around (to arrest) R(epublican)
7d … postpone or carry on? (4,4)
A verb meaning to carry followed by a word meaning on or above
8d Sanctimonious, having a tendency to scoff about Right (8)
An adjective meaning having a tendency to scoff or eat around R(ight) – another answer in which the first two letters are unchecked
15d Weak are more unco-operative (8)
Split as (4,4) this suggests being more uncooperative
16d Left wing’s first half getting stuck into passing and tackle (4,4)
L(eft) and the first half of WI[ng] inside a word meaning passing or loss of life
20d Make ‘Raking Fire’ part of surrealist RA festival (6)
Ignore the punctuation, the definition is to make raking fire and it’s hidden (part) inside the clue
21d Hurry along or up in bike race (4)
The reversal of OR from the clue inside annual motorcycle race on the Isle of Man
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The Quick Crossword pun: knew+whirled+Dvořák=New World (Dvořák)