Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29198 (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 Aware huge set-to sorted out once spies were here (9,5)
An anagram (sorted out) of AWARE HUGE SET-TO
10a Someone to fleece on a farm? (7)
A cryptic definition of someone who removes the fleece from a sheep
14a Feel cross about lease covering empty stable (6)
A verb meaning to lease around the outer letters (empty) of S[tabl]E
18a Fifty per cent chance of drunk returning drink (4-2)
The reversal (returning) of a three-letter drunk person followed by a verb meaning to drink
24a Typical adult too old to go topless (7)
A(dult) followed by an adjective meaning too old without its initial letter (topless)
26a Auntie with toys, lots broken, like one that’s 6? (14)
An anagram (broken) of AUNTIE with TOYS LOTS
1d Fancy a cry (7)
A fancy or desire followed by a three-letter word meaning a, as in tuppence a bag
2d This week’s charts played something excellent (3,4,8)
An anagram (played) of THIS WEEK’S CHARTS
4d Temporarily in charge on stage? (6)
5d In good time, taking short walk in bitter wind (8)
A word meaning in good time around (taking) most of (short) a walk
6d Where soldiers go in battle is too much (4,3,3)
A cryptic definition
7d Cloth worker posed with members and officials (9-2-4)
A charade of a type of cloth, a worker insect, a verb meaning posed and members or limbs
13d Over the top and defiant when sub gets dropped (10)
When you have solved the rest of the puzzle you will see why this innocuous clue should not have been used! A thirteen-letter word meaning deiant without (gets dropped) SUB
16d Section housing a mostly enthusiastic flier (8)
A section around (housing) the A from the clue and most of an adjective meaning enthusiastic
17d Priest set up pilgrimage for Muslims to find prophet (6)
An Old Testament priest followed by the reversal (set up) of a pilgrimage for Muslims
23d No limits in blue party game (4)
Drop (no limits) the outer letters from [b]LU[e] and add a party
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The Quick Crossword pun: sigh+bursar+cure+tea=cybersecurity