Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29084 (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 Vegetables well displayed by village centres (6,6)
A well followed by what is found at the centre of many villages – as we live in the centre of our village, ours is just outside our front gate
9a Takes out ads — first is one in French (7)
Some ads are preceded by (first) the French for one
12a Gut feeling that’s displaced in teaching (7)
Start with a gut feeling and drop (that’s displaced) the IN
13a Things one’s carrying came across from the East (5)
I (one) and the S from ‘S around the reversal (from the East in an across clue) of a verb meaning came across
19a Was promoted, perhaps, by southern and northern counties, symbolically (5)
A four-letter verb meaning was promoted is followed by S(outhern)
21a Darkly romantic start of book by this writer breaking into corny frolicking (7)
The initial letter (start) of B[ook] followed by the first person singular pronoun (this writer) inside an anagram (frolicking) of CORNY
24a Frown, seeing the compiler’s clothed in elegance (7)
The abbreviated form of “the compiler’s / the compiler is” inside (clothed) a word meaning elegance
26a Did deliberate swindle with blueprint to get diamonds (12)
A swindle is followed by an eight-letter blueprint and D(iamonds)
1d Second jingle breaks into the old jabber? (7)
S(econd) followed by a verb meaning to jingle or clang inside (breaks into) the two-letter old form of “the” gives something that jabs (I bet I’m not the only one who wasted time on jabber as a verb!)
3d Uncommercial person that’s not forward-looking, we hear? (3-6)
Sounds like (we hear) this is not a person who is forward-looking / predicts the future
4d Wasted visit, frequently — husband should be ditched for good (5)
The key to this clue is 1) to separate the definition from the wordplay and 2) to realise that you need to replace (should be ditched) the H(usband) at the start of a verb meaning to visit frequently with a G(ood)
6d Support or scoff about man that bends spoons? (7)
A verb meaning to scoff or eat around the first name of a man who, believe it or not, became famous for his ability to bend spoons
7d It’s held by the stopper that pulls out in the morning (9,3)
A cryptic definition of an item used by a guest who stops for one night and then leaves in the morning
15d Drill tries to break through concrete (9)
A verb meaning tries in a court of law inside an adjective meaning concrete or tangible
17d Arcade I entered south of Calais, maybe needing company (7)
The I from the clue under (south of) a town with a harbour, of which Calais is an example (maybe) and above CO(mpany)
22d Press gives coverage to European elite (5)
A verb meaning to press or crush around (gives coverage to) E(uropean)
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The Quick Crossword pun: misses+hippie=Mississippi