Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29120 (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 Celebrity edges king out (4)
Start with a clumsy definition of four edges around a picture and drop (out) the Latin abbreviation for king
3a Moderate OK about cheers meeting Left’s fibs (5,5)
A four-letter word meaning moderate and a three-letter word meaning OK around a word meaning cheers and L(eft)
10a Desperately giving up the Boxing Day diet? (4,6)
A cryptic definition of a meal which is commonly eaten on the day after a Christmas dinner
13a Firm for consumers with depression cutting alcohol (2,5)
A description of food cooked so as to be firm when eaten is derived by putting a depression inside (cutting) an alcoholic drink
18a Keep on depressing remote journey to Calais, unconventionally? (7-4)
This could be an unconventional way to travel to Calais
21a Bar has rum — boil, stirring, to infuse (7)
An anagram (rum) of HAS around (to infuse) an anagram (stirring) of BOIL – if you understand the surface reading of this then you have done better than me!
22a Apparently 3 beg (7)
Concatenate synonyms of each of the two words in the answer to 3 Across
25a Duo’s accompanist won’t enjoy playing this (10)
The part played by an unwanted third party in a relationship
26a Took steps, seeing team’s leader standing beside bar (4)
The initial letter (leader) of T[eam] followed by a bar or pole
1d Looking up recent file, cafeteria incorporates improved frontage (8)
Hidden (incorporates) and reversed (looking up) inside the clue
4d Together making a wish (5)
The A from the clue followed by a wish
6d Dramatic crash makes this half-cut junior give applause (11)
The first half of TH[is] fb an adjective meaning junior and some applause
7d Fondness shown by Simba not on? (6)
The eponymous part played by Simba in a well-known film (4,4) without (not) the ON
12d Killer in cult that is infiltrated by detectives (11)
This killer eradicates pests – the IN from the clue followed by a cult and the Latin abbreviation for “that is”, the latter going around (infiltrated by) our usual detectives
16d Drawing competition — little craft used in encounter? (3-2-3)
A small vessel (craft) which could be used in a military encounter
19d Disorderly scrap over touching pursuit (6)
A scrap of cloth followed by a children’s game in which one player chases the others in an attempt to touch one of them
22d More slippery French here looking down on the Queen (5)
The French for “here” followed by the Queen’s regal cipher
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The Quick Crossword pun: knight+mayor=nightmare