Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29210 (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.
8a American university with current opening for moderate (8)
The three-letter abbreviation for an American university is followed by the symbol for electric current and an opening in a fence or wall
9a Old boy, boring perhaps, certainly not square (6)
The abbreviation for Old Boy is followed by a word that could mean boring when applied to a story like this
12a Story to introduce the German songs (6)
A story or fabrication followed by the German definite article
13a Quiz score? (6,9)
A parlour game and one-time radio quiz show
18a Room occupied by old bag (7)
A room goes around (occupied by) OLD from the clue
21a Just over 23 degrees below here? Often more! (9,6)
This line is drawn at just over 23 degrees of latitude from the South Pole, but the temperature inside the area it covers can be more than 23 degrees Celsius below zero
25a Notice worker eating cake that’s rich (8)
a two-letter notice and a worker insect go around (eating) a cake
28a Cherish sinner — he must be converted (8)
An anagram (must be converted) of SINNER HE
1d Fish pub served during harvest (6)
A pub inside a verb meaning to harvest grass
2d Drink, hot, acceptable in tube (6)
A verb meaning to drink a small quantity followed by H(ot) and A two-letter word meaning acceptable
4d Drinker’s obvious hangover? (4,3)
a cryptic definition of a “feature” of many heavy drinkers
6d Down flier? (8)
Could be an unhappy flying creature
16d Structure in Steinbeck shows genius (8)
Hidden (shows) inside the clue
17d Might we need this one as pot boils? (8)
An anagram (boils) of ONE AS POT
22d Contractual addenda for travellers (6)
Two definitions – additions to contracts and travellers on horseback
23d Does it conceal seamy side of our habits? (6)
A cryptic definition of the part of an item of clothing that covers up the seams
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