Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29066 (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 Come together on part of ship for a game (8,6)
A verb meaning to come together or agree followed by the part of a ship where the captain can usually be found
9a Fault-finding like one in an armchair perhaps (8)
Like a person who expresses, from an armchair, views on a subject of which they have little knowledge or practical experience
12a Drag from anteroom as stated (4)
Sounds like (as stated) an anteroom
15a Paled, having lost blood with inner pain (8)
A four-letter verb meaning lost blood around (with inner) a pain
18a Gritty? It is not clear (6)
An adjective applied to un unclear photograph
23a Fellow with endless fish getting behind tug for carriage (7,3)
A fellow and most of (endless) a four-letter fish preceded by (getting behind) a verb meaning to tug
26a 99th record? It stands to reason (5)
Split as (3,2) this could be record 99 in Roman numerals
28a Understand article I have written for game (6-2-6)
A six-letter verb meaning to understand followed by an article I could have written as editor of a newspaper
2d Upbringing of awkward runt on river (7)
An anagram (awkward) of RUNT followed by the name of a river
4d Bird observed at an angle (8)
A male bird followed by a verb meaning observed or seen
6d It could bring one up to scratch (10)
A cryptic definition of something that can cause a need to scratch
8d Suffer a hoax; it’s an order (5,2,4)
A five-letter verb meaning to suffer or bear followed by the A from the clue and a hoax
14d Saving claim one prepared about small company (10)
An anagram (prepared) of CLAIM ONE around the abbreviation (small) for CO(mpany)
17d Supporter fills in test for part of the army (8)
A supporter of a team between IN from the clue and a test or attempt
19d Scored briskly? (7)
… scored here means wrote music
21d Moved camera round left as intended (7)
A verb meaning moved a camera about an axis around L(eft)
25d What’s worn part of brake? (4)
Two definitions – something worn on the foot and part of an old-fashioned brake on a car
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The Quick Crossword pun: Cher+lock+homes=Sherlock Holmes