Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29102 (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 Writer’s employed reworking fictional detective (4,5,6)
An anagram (reworking) of WRITER’S EMPLOYED
10a Sprinters used to run this and roll up on finishing at last (7)
A verb meaning to roll up followed by ON and the final letter (last) of [finishin]G
13a It’s a crime — ecstasy smuggled by Welsh comedian, not mafia boss (7)
Start with the name of a Welsh comedian (3,6), drop the three-letter mafia boss and insert E(cstasy)
15a Pounds secured by cheat with Scandinavian money (7)
The symbol for pounds sterling is inserted into a two-letter verb meaning to cheat and a male Scandinavian name
17a Laurel given to international player — it might result in a wind-up (7)
With its required capitalisation carefully concealed, the first name of comedian Laurel is preceded by (given to) an international player / sportsman
19a Begin to pick different second-class ingredient (7)
The initial letter of (begin to) P[ick] followed by an adjective meaning different and the letter that represents second-class
23a / 25a Played minor part in what fraudulent statistician did? (4,2,3,7)
… just make sure that you get the right tense!
26a Broadcast of wrongdoer spoils entertainment venues (7)
Sounds like (broadcast) a wrongdoer (6) and a verb meaning spoils (4)
27a Chicken roll featured in song from the 1960s (6,9)
An adjective meaning chicken or cowardly followed by a type of large, filled roll or sandwich
I’m sure that many will be pleased that I passed on the opportunity to provide a video of this dire song!
1d Clean up American city falling short (7)
The two-letter abbreviation for an American city followed by an adjective meaning falling short
2d English change course overturning old magistrate (5)
E(nglish) and a verb meaning to change course, all reversed (overturning in a down clue)
6d Birdbrain’s regularly forgotten first name of actor (5)
Drop (forgotten) the odd letters (regularly) from the first word in the clue
14d Encapsulated by symbol of Christ rising, a little part is related to religious ceremony (9)
Start with the reversal (rising) of a symbol of Christ, then insert the A from the clue, the abbreviation (little) of P(ar)T and IS from the clue
18d Watch people on the up eclipsing second greatest rivals (7)
Three-letter words meaning to watch and people are reversed (on the up in a down clue) around (eclipsing) S(econd)
19d Lacking motor, passengers might take this (7)
A cryptic definition of a, new-to-me, light vehicle consisting of a tricycle with the addition of a seat, usually behind, covered by a half hood – it is common practice to provide unambiguous wordplay for answers that are not in the vocabulary of the average solver, not so here
22d Keep still in boat as attempt to deceive (3,2)
Two definitions – the first being a nautical term for “to be or become nearly stationary with head to the wind”
24d Rates got by casual worker on start of internship (5)
This musical term for rates comes from a casual office worker followed by the initial letter (start) of I[nternship]
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The Quick Crossword pun: hay+chess+too=HS2