Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29162 (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 Some worship a god adored here? (6)
Hidden (some) inside the clue
4a Woman from Hawaii maybe is country queen (8)
IS followed by a word for a country and her majesty’s royal cipher
11a Graphic about one Conservative holding a record (9)
A two-letter word meaning about, I (one) and C(onservative) around (holding) the A from the clue and a record
13a Two legs used in cricket constantly (2,3,2)
Repeat (two) the two-letter word for the leg side in cricket
14a Discovered having real ale, possibly taken unawares (6,2,3,3)
A word meaning discovered followed by a phrase (2,3,3) that could mean having real ale
21a Letter delivered after shift (7)
One must press the shift key to get this kind of letter
24a Old boy in woolly drawers — the clothes people wear! (9)
The abbreviation for Old Boy goes inside an anagram (woolly) of DRAWERS
27a Born and died without one being desired (6)
The feminine form of an originally French word meaning born followed by D[I]ED without the I (one)
1d It makes perfect surgery perhaps (8)
Two definitions – the first replaces “it” in a well-known idiom
5d Ticking-off, seeing make-up applied by hand? (4,2,3,5)
What might happen if a colloquial word for make-up is applied by hand
6d A prisoner turning over in stir (7)
The A from the clue followed by a prisoner with the IN reversed (turning over)
7d Fifties rocker’s supported very well in Russian square (5)
A fifties rocker follows the Russian for “very well”
8d Engineers corps are not able to withdraw (6)
The Royal Engineers are followed by a word meaning “not able to”
15d With no going back, that group finish rallying (2,3,4)
The reversal (with … going back) of NO followed by a four-letter pronoun which represents “that group” and a word meaning to finish
16d Sanctioned cadet, smashed eating kind of mushroom (8)
An anagram (smashed) of CADET around (eating) a kind of mushroom
20d Female wears different sizes, small causing grimaces (6)
… this female is (usually) a farm animal
22d Super criminal that all too often takes in coppers (5)
An anagram (criminal) of SUPER
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The Quick Crossword pun: fault+knocks=Fort Knox