Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29108 (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 Young tyke with more up-to-date camera? (14)
W(ith) followed by a word meaning more up-to-date and a colloquial word for a camera
10a Opened grasping instrument — neat! (9)
A five-letter verb meaning opened around an old-fashioned musical instrument gives a word meaning neat, as in a neat whisky
12a Invade and knock down first part going eastwards (7)
Split a word meaning to knock down with a road vehicle as (3,4) and move the first part to the right (going eastwards in an across clue)
15a Dope wants odd things in stew — diet’s thrown out (4)
Drop (thrown out) the odd letters from two words in the clue
17a Extra flexible chaps leading tango (10)
An adjective meaning flexible followed by some chaps and the letter represented by Tango in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
20a Go mad when rejected (4)
The reversal (when rejected) of one of the words meaning mad – my first attempt fitted the second part of the clue but not the first
22a Lifeless study displayed by court (6)
… to court here means to pay one’s attentions to
26a Develop items on school timetable before November (5)
Two items that could be on a school timetable followed by the letter represented by November in the NATO Phonetic alphabet
28a French sauce delivered inadvertently? (6,8)
A cryptic definition of a French phrase meaning a remark with two meanings, one of which is risqué/saucy, often delivered inadvertently
2d Husband — creep that’s often at the bottom of the garden (5)
H(usband) followed by a verb meaning to creep or move slowly
3d Miserly friend, 20 (6)
A friend and a synonym of the answer to 20 Across
6d Attribute of a Dickens or a Twain? (7)
This verb meaning to attribute is derived from the A from the clue and a word that could be applied to a writer such as Dickens or Twain
8d Celebrity is apt to stir middle-class desire? (14)
An anagram (to stir) of CELEBRITY IS APT
14d Partly ready with a job offer, we hear (2,2,1,5)
Sounds like (we hear) a phrase sort of meaning being ready to make a job offer (2,2,7)
16d Trump mop restyled, with the setter using no preparation (9)
An anagram (restyled) of TRUMP MOP with the letter that represents the setter
21d Hot German bread one left out (6)
A type of rich, sweet German bread, which is popular at Christmas, without one of the L(eft)s
25d Expert accomplished doffing cap (4)
Drop (doffing) CAP from an adjective meaning accomplished
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The Quick Crossword pun: nor+then+sole=Northern Soul