Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29156 (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.
7a Bars impressionist following personal problem (7)
The surname of an Impressionist painter follows the two-letter abbreviation for a “personal problem”
8a Shakespearean prince, I save swimmer (7)
The three-letter Shakespearean nickname for the future Henry V followed by the I from the clue and a word meaning save or except
10a Fling one off bedside table (10)
Drop (off) the ONE from a fling
12a Rebel having certain amount of power overturned bank (3,5)
The name of this 14th century rebel is derived from a unit (certain amount) of power followed by the reversal of a verb meaning to bank or depend
15a Minion touring Northern Ireland showing stress (11)
A nine-letter minion goes around the abbreviation for Northern Ireland – stress here means emphasis
20a Engineers safe capturing advanced weapon (8)
The Royal Engineers are followed by a colloquial word for a safe around A(dvanced)
23a Characteristics of what banks in Munich used to do? (10)
Split as (5,5) this could be what banks in Munich used to do before the introduction of the euro (which our German friend pronounces as oy-row)
26a Fate of French mistress’s last minute (7)
The French for “of” followed by the final letter (last) [mistres]S and an adjective meaning minute
1d Leave one in storage compartment a year (7)
Put I (one) inside a storage compartment, typically found on a ship or aircraft, and add the A from the clue and Y(ear)
4d Official person showin’ courage (8)
A person followed by a word meaning showing courage without (as in the clue) its final G
6d Property set fire to in harbour (7)
This property is a characteristic not a building – put a three-letter verb meaning set fire to inside a harbour
9d Music-maker such as ear drum put first (6,5)
The ear is one of these parts of the body – but a drum or cask first
16d What Americans did to get Reagan in charge (8)
Split as (5,3) this could be What Americans did to get Reagan as president
17d Saving company invested in money supply (7)
Put CO(mpany) inside an anagram (supply) of MONEY – for the anagram indicator to work it needs to be an adverb meaning flexibly rather than a noun
18d Knocking down patio feature? (7)
Two definitions – the second will never be a feature of our patio, particularly when painted blue!
24d Car valuation regularly disregarded (4)
Drop (disregarded) the odd letters (regularly) from a word in the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: grazer+gnat+tummy=Gray’s Anatomy