Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29126 (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 Corrupt time-traveller’s machine detained in station (10)
The machine used by a famous time traveller inside (detained by) a station or headquarters – seems funny now, but there was a time when this machine would not have looked out of place!
9a Caught on boundary? I had got in, showing excess of this? (10)
C(aught), ON from the clue and a boundary including (got in) the shortened version of “I had”
12a, 13a & 15a Across Person above the law commercialised prison income irregularly (6,3,5,12)
One of those anagrams (irregularly) where you need to find the answer and then check if all the letters can be found in COMMERCIALISED PRISON INCOME
18a Right-wingers which heretics upset (12)
A word meaning which followed by an anagram (upset) of HERETICS
22a Author occupying position of source (6)
A two-letter word meaning occupying followed by the position of the source (of water, perhaps) – I’m not sure which of several authors with this surname was intended by the setter – Nancie perhaps?
25a People may chat about these motor sport changes (10)
The definition is more where people may once have chatted – the two-letter motor sport is followed by a verb meaning changes
27a Buy teapots manufactured in place for tourists? (6,4)
An anagram (manufactured) of BUY TEAPOTS
1d Odd characters in britches pose showing muscle (6)
The odd letters of two words in the clue
3d Something simple to have with tea? (1,5,2,4)
How many back-page puzzles could be described!
5d Another mistake for fielder? (6,4)
Not the first mistake!
7d Oscar holds firm views (8)
The letter represented by Oscar in the NATO Phonetic alphabet followed by a verb meaning holds
8d Nerd cut short attempt to secure order in maths subject (8)
Most of a four-letter nerd and an attempt around a two-letter order that can be awarded for eminence in any field
14d Essential term in grammar (10)
Two definitions – the second being a grammatical term denoting a mood of verbs used in giving orders, making requests, etc.
16d Pig-headed, being brought into this world under revolutionary conditions (8)
A four-letter verb meaning being brought into this world preceded by (under) the reversal (revolutionary) of some conditions
19d Left-winger to outdo as MP (6)
A left-winger followed by a verb meaning to outdo gives a Military Policeman (not a Member of Parliament this time!)
23d People getting top-class choice of food (4)
Some (male) people followed by the letter that represents top-class
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The Quick Crossword pun: Thai+gush+ark=tiger shark