Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29132 (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.
4a Clocked if this would be locked? (8)
How the first word in the clue becomes the last one!
9a Adam’s place is in procession (8)
The IS from the clue inside a procession
10a Highly regarded guide sticks with coverage of some roads (4,4)
This “guide” is high up in the night sky – some sticks are followed by the three-letter coverage found on many roads
12a He saves when flying (8)
A cryptic definition of a comic hero
16a Ring Conservative clubs — a revolutionary is about to create incident (8)
This is an example of how any word may be constructed by combining its constituent parts into mumbo jumbo – the ring-shaped letter is followed by C(onservative), C(lubs), the A from the clue, the reversal (revolutionary) of IS and a two-letter word meaning about
19a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ cancelled due to holidays? (8)
Split as (4,4) this would be a reason to cancel a play
21a Material from two volumes about the Spanish and French (6)
V(olume) and V(olume) around the Spanish definite article and followed by the French for “and”
24a Something off the vegan menu that Adam gave up? (5,3)
An item that would not be found on a vegan menu is something that Adam allegedly gave up in order to create Eve
26a Redesigned dungarees with small cut seen as too youthful (5-3)
An anagram (redesigned) of DUNGAREE[s] without (cut) the S(mall)
1d Good behaviour in Christmas period ended abruptly — nothing unusual (7)
The shortened (ended abruptly) form of the month that includes the Christmas period followed by O (nothing) and a three-letter word meaning unusual
3d Beat poetry, unfinished — and half of that is filling (6)
Most of (unfinished) a word used for poetry around (is filling) the first half of TH[at]
5d A man makes dinner for these ladies (8)
A truly dreadful not very cryptic definition of these man-eating monsters
6d Duck — ruddy, that is — diving? On the contrary (5)
A three-letter adjective meaning ruddy followed by the Latin abbreviation for that is, all reversed (diving – on the contrary)
14d Making garment sleeveless, apparently, could be irresistible (9)
This could be, but isn’t, a verb meaning to removing the sleeves from a garment
15d Monarch personified by the I, VI and VII of this name (8)
Take the first, sixth and seventh letters of the name of this monarch to get an abbreviation, found in The Usual Suspects, which personifies her as Queen and Empress
18d In most corresponding, the first letter becomes central, being sincere (7)
Start with an adjective meaning most corresponding and move its initial (first) letter to the middle
22d The work of Mr Kipling / Was nigh severe when tippling (5)
An anagram (when tippling) of most of (was nigh) SEVER[e]
If, like me, you derived no enjoyment whatsoever from solving this puzzle, why not try today’s NTSPP?
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The Quick Crossword pun: ark+tick+role=arctic roll