Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29138 (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 One slaying behemoth finally in land of dragons and scary monsters (6,6)
Someone who slays another followed by the final letter of [behemot]H inside the so-called land of dragons
9a Personal extension often given a ring that is put through or hangs on (7)
A cryptic definition of a part of the body that can be pierced to hang a ring
13a Feeling faint, sleep comically interrupts home repairs (5)
The double letter that comically represents sleep inside some home repairs
16a Henry Marsh welcomes parking beside US city — little money is needed (9)
The three-letter shortened version of Henry (like the future Henry V in Henry IV parts I and II) followed by a three-letter marsh around P(arking) and the two-letter abbreviation for a US city
19a Reporter’s style cut (5)
Sounds like (reporter’s) a style
21a Legendary creature in college — something afoot! (7)
the three-letter abbreviation for a college followed by a growth on the foot
24a Was fashionable tailor’s outer coat finished? (7)
The outer letters of T[ailo]R followed by a word meaning finished
26a Exercise? Right kind should be easy to follow (4-8)
A three-letter verb meaning to exercise followed by R(ight) and an adjective meaning kind
1d One promotes growth in the Middle East (7)
A cryptic definition of a communal agricultural settlement in Israel
4d Like a weed — just put energy in to make it flourish (5)
An adjective meaning uncultivated, like a weed, around E(nergy)
7d Hack with press making argument from both sides (3,3,6)
A verb meaning to hack followed by a word meaning with and a verb meaning to press
10d Rail traveller with no ticket who gets in first (6,6)
A cryptic definition of the railway employee at the front of a train
18d Place stranger finds tortoise? (7)
PL(ace) followed by an adjective meaning stranger
19d Woman, originally, mariners admire at sea (7)
The initial letter (originally) of M(ariners) followed by an anagram (at sea) of ADMIRE
20d Wife all over infant with no top or jumper (7)
W(ife) followed by ALL from the clue and an infant missing its initial letter (with no top)
22d All-time low turnover of desperate man tailed by Inland Revenue (5)
The reversal (turnover) of a “desperate” cartoon character from The Dandy (am I the only one who can’t remember whether characters were in The Beano or The Dandy?) and followed by the abbreviation for the (no longer existing) Inland Revenue
If, like me, you do not enjoy this puzzle, look on the bright side as there is an excellent NTSPP, from Marg, coming up at midday.
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The Quick Crossword pun: sigh+sate+feat=size 8 feet