Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29174 (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 They boost growth of young theatre audiences (11)
An adjective meaning young or inexperienced followed by some theatre audiences
7a Barnet’s gone flat? You should ‘ave this emergency action (7)
Start with what Cockneys refer to in rhyming slang as Barnet, drop the initial letter (as the “h” has been dropped from have in the clue) and add what needs to be done if it has gone flat
10a Heard grower identify drug dealer? (8)
Sounds like (heard) a grower of crops followed by a word meaning to identify
14a One reckons copper should cut appeal and roll over (10)
Put the chemical symbol for copper inside (should cut) an appeal and end with the reversal of a roll or register
18a Animal pound holds up to twelve in the day (4)
The abbreviation for a weight of a pound around the period of the day that precedes twelve noon
22a One saves offshore if able to, getting conversion (8)
An anagram (getting conversion) of IF ABLE TO
24a Record’s verse part (7)
An Extended Play record followed by the expanded version of ‘s and a verse
26a More than one follower in family and sect ends badly (11)
An anagram (badly) of AND SECT ENDS
1d Scraps clothes used before maturity (7)
A four-letter word for clothes followed by maturity or elderliness
3d Pronounced absence of frozen stuff used in eating place (10)
A two-letter word meaning absence of followed by some frozen stuff inside an item of furniture on which food is served
6d To get a rise, Foreign Office’s exam is least difficult (7)
The reversal of the abbreviation for the Foreign Office together with the S from ‘S followed by an exam
12d Familiar sweet filling maestro put on starter for dinner (10)
An adjective meaning sweet or charming inside (filling) a maestro and followed by the initial letter of (starter for) D[inner]
15d When they meet, something usually gets nicked (8)
Something can get “nicked” when this implement’s blades meet
17d Came to worship from north and south (7)
A palindromic (from north and south) verb meaning came to worship
19d Numbers getting answer peak, with small following (7)
A charade of A(nswer), a peak or summit and S(mall)
23d Sounds like the inevitable event for charity (4)
Sounds like a word meaning the inevitable
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The Quick Crossword pun: grisly+bare=grizzly bear