Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29222 (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 New York borough substitutes top judges (6,5)
A New York borough followed by where one will find a team’s substitutes
8a False rumours an eccentric’s spreading around (7)
Insert (spreading around) AN into an eccentric and the S from ‘S
11a Assistant welcoming a deity in temple (6)
An assistant to an executive around (welcoming) the A from the clue and a deity
13a Dido? Singer producing high notes (4)
Two definitions – an antic or caper and a high-flying bird
18a Worry about breaking foot (4)
A word meaning about inside F(oo)T
21a Divine being with weapon cut down chest (6)
A Scandinavian god followed by most of (cut down) a weapon
24a Means to communicate urgently what’s selling out (7)
Split as (3,4) this could be something that is selling out quickly
26a Bleeper acts to disguise something that’s not so? (11)
if something is not the result of this anagram (to disguise) of BLEEPER ACTS then a bleeper could be used
1d Coin made with craft having queen on both sides (7)
A three-letter word meaning craft surrounded by QU(een) and our queen’s regnal cipher
2d A sports car in Spain raised problem (6)
The A from the clue, an iconic sports car, IN from the clue and the the IVR code for Spain, all reversed (raised)
4d Composer‘s Welsh address (4)
An affectionate term of address used in Wales after a person’s name
5d Midland town with a lot on its plate by the sound of it (8)
Sounds like (by the sound of it) a phrase meaning with a lot left on one;s plate (4,5)
6d Talk show hostess upset about threat to whales (7)
The first name of a US talk show hostess (fortunately seldom seen on UK television) reversed (upset) followed by a two-letter word meaning about
9d Lincoln beat these East European cars (5,6)
Split these parts of the US as (4,7) and they could be some East European cars
17d Lookout that could follow train? (7)
Put this lookout after train to get an anorak!
23d Nothing more than a lake (4)
Feel free to ask about any other clues – I was only able to provide hints for a few in this puzzle that was nowhere near being one of my favourites
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The Quick Crossword pun: sole+annoyed=solenoid