Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29216 (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 Standard raised across the Channel? (9)
A cryptic definition of the French national flag
11a Rising of industrious workers (3-4)
a “rising” built by industrious worker insects
14a Something put on caught out of harmful habit (8)
Drop (out) the C(aught) from a harmful habit, usually one that is drug-related
15a Wives talked about ‘Like a Virgin‘ (6)
Hidden (about) inside the clue
20a Fasten case? Not quite (6)
Most of (not quite) a type of case
25a Mainly it separates Greece from Turkey (6,3)
A loosely cryptic definition of the “main” between these two countries
27a Cook travelling first by railway (4-3)
An anagram (travelling) of FIRST followed by the abbreviation for R(ailwa)Y
29a About 100 before end of day stick to processing waste (9)
A three-letter word meaning about followed by the Roman numeral for 100, the final letter (end) of [da]Y and a verb meaning to stick to
2d Back the other side (7)
Two definitions = back as in to back a car and the other side of, say, a coin
3d Pretender ignores one calling aloud (7)
A pretender to, for example, a throne without (ignores) I (one)
5d Send back to prison the chap overdrawn, apparently (6)
A chap inside the colour used to represent overdrawn, i.e. chap in the ***
7d Sagacious, well-mannered for the most part and in charge (7)
Drop the final letter (for the most part) from an adjective meaning well-mannered and add the abbreviation for In Charge
15d Five show support (9)
The Roman numeral for five followed by a verb meaning to show or point out
21d Growing attachment? (7)
An attachment to a plant
22d Band opposing Ronald in support of revolutionary (7)
The single-letter that represents opposing and the shortened version of Ronald preceded by (in support of) our ubiquitous revolutionary who was born in Argentina, popularised in the Cuban revolution and died, aged 39, in Bolivia
24d Talk as sailor leaves one who croaks (6)
Drop this four-letter sailor from the end of a creature that croaks
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The Quick Crossword pun: moor+tiff+eying=mortifying