Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29054 (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. My choice may or may not include those that you find difficult – if it doesn’t then feel free to ask (but read the text in red below first).
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 Pounding beat from loudspeaker system giving offence electronically (10)
A verb meaning pounding the beat, as a policeman does used to do, is derived from a two-letter loudspeaker system followed by a verb meaning giving offence electronically / online
10a Reckon car damaged kind of rail (9)
An anagram (damaged) of RECKON CAR gives a bird of the rail family
14a Make slow progress over a note at an early stage (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to make slow progress is followed by O(ver), the A from the clue and a musical note of the scale in sol-fa notation
15a Six-footer belonging to religious group (6)
When this six-footed creature is split (2,4) it could mean belonging to a religious group
19a One tries to make contract, more expensive collecting 100 pounds (8)
This term for the player who is trying to make a contract in bridge is derived from an adjective meaning more expensive around (collecting) the Roman numeral for 100 and the Latin abbreviation for pound sterling
24a A failure to hold club right, something few golfers achieve (9)
The A from the clue and a failure around a type of club and R(ight) gives an exceptional score on a single hole of golf
26a Rogue that may be Cuban (4)
This part of a shoe could be Cuban!
27a Accident producing return of scarlet fever? (10)
The reversal of a three-letter colour, of which scarlet is an example is followed by a condition, of which fever is an example (both indicated by the question mark)
1d Exercises to such an extent to be ready for Mexican (4)
Some Physical Exercises followed by a two-letter word meaning to such an extent – ready, as in ready cash, being a currency
4d Doctor to assess wound (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to doctor, for example, a drink followed by a verb meaning to assess
7d Bugs found under tea cup used in company with host (7)
Some bugs follow (under in a down clue) a a colloquial word for tea – an example of avoiding the surface reading of a clue by splitting tea from cup
8d Three consecutive characters spelt out attempt to accept American in his kind of school (10)
Spell out Three consecutive characters of the alphabet and follow them with an attempt around A(merican) gives a kind of school that has been obsolete in the UK since 1944, but is still current in America
13d Fifty-one people initially depicted in forged Hogarth print (10)
The Roman numerals fifty-one followed by the initial letter of P[eople] inside an anagram (forged) of HOGARTH
16d Exotic breaks in North American state (8)
An anagram (exotic) of BREAKS inside the abbreviations for N(orth) and A(merican) gives a US state
20d Opera served up in Irish TV company’s broadcast (7)
The reversal (served up in a down clue) of a famous Verdi opera inside the abbreviation for an Irish TV company
23d Latest of models in fashion photograph (4)
The final letter (latest) of [model]S followed by an adjective meaning in fashion
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The Quick Crossword pun: wife+runts=Y-fronts