Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29168 (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 Get back in touch with antique car that’s broken down (10)
An anagram (broken down) of ANTIQUE CAR
6a Nadir perhaps — making regular appearances in Mansfield (4)
The first name of this Turkish Cypriot businessman, who was chief executive of Polly Peck, comes from the even letters of (regular appearances in) the last word in the clue
11a Because of attraction to opposite sex, Edward VIII perhaps abdicating (9)
A three-letter word meaning because of is followed by a two-letter abbreviation for attraction to opposite sex and the rank held by Edward VIII until he abdicated
13a It’s wicked consuming last of plonk, as much as one can drink (7)
An adjective meaning wicked, in the true sense of the word, around (consuming) the final letter (last) of [plon]K
21a Stop old comedian being upright (7)
A three-letter word meaning stop followed by the surname of one half of this country’s most successful double act
23a Get excited about space — so English (7)
The smaller of two printers’ spaces is followed by a word meaning so and E(nglish)
25a Be despondent, backing second coming in — here? (5)
Put the reversal (backing) of a verb meaning to be despondent around (coming in) S(econd) to get the birthplace of, among others, my mother – for a while she worked for a bookmaker near its world-famous racecourse
27a Trader cheers in the Pequod perhaps (10)
For those who don’t know, the Pequod was Captain Ahab’s ship in Moby Dick – put a ship of this type around some Spanish cheers
1d Rogue artist reaching Southern California (6)
Our usual artist is followed by S(outhern) and CAL(ifornia)
3d Provide billet for crew in 1945? (7,2,5)
This could mean to provide billet for a crew of oarsman, but it’s actually how Sergeant Wilson would translate 1945 for Captain Mainwaring!
7d Smell almost not as much — effect of runny nose? (8)
A verb meaning to smell is followed by most of a word meaning not as much
9d Characters shifted landlords from Paris? (7,7)
You get these characters when you press the shift key – they could be landlords from Paris (or Rome or London)
16d Meet with fool going to national stadium endlessly (8)
A fool is followed by the England’s national stadium without its first and last letters (endlessly)
19d Item of seafood picked up with not so much hesitation (6)
The reversal (picked up) of a word meaning not so much and a word of hesitation
20d Brazilian footballer seen in Hackney Marshes (6)
His name is hidden (seen in) inside the clue
22d Manage to upset husband for a very long time (5)
A four-letter verb meaning to manage is reversed (upset) and followed by H(usband)
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The Quick Crossword pun: goal+de luxe=Goldilocks (and 16 Acrosses)