Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29228 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club – Hosted by Senf
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A very good morning from Winnipeg! Don’t be alarmed, you have not ‘lost’ a day, it really is Saturday. Big Dave is on his way to London (with The George as his final destination) so I am enjoying a day in The Saturday Crossword Club and I will be in my usual Sunday ‘slot’ tomorrow.
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.
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
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 Vote to get extra large notice dismantled (2-8)
A crickety extra, the single letter for large, and an anagram (dismantled) of NOTICE.
9a Flying squad character joins prison guards, not taking sides (7)
A synonym of character (as in demeanour) followed by (joins) a slang term for prison guards both with the first and last letters removed (not taking sides).
12a Pedantic phoney’s love dismissed by the Queen (13)
A 12 letter adjective that can describe someone who is phoney with its contained single letter which love represents in racquet games replaced (dismissed) by HM’s regnal cypher.
14a Away from home, time to wear dead crumpled old hat (8)
A single word for away from home, followed by the single letter for time inserted into (to wear) an anagram (crumpled) of DEAD.
19a Sleazy club founder gets attack from on high (4-4)
A single word for a sleazy club followed by a synonym of founder (as in perform badly).
21a Like one who scoffs when folk get heated? (13)
An adjective that describes what it illustrated below.
25a Revered figure, royal, almost due to go walkabout (3,4)
An anagram (to go walkabout) of ROYAL DUe with the last letter removed (almost).
27a Bed one rises to go to (4,6)
Not a bed for sleeping in, well maybe it is, but one as illustrated.
1d Eating bit of chicken? (4)
That part of its body that a chicken eats with.
3d Continental marriage? It’s hard to get out of it! (8,5)
An international organization the leaving of which is part of what Thursday is all about.
5d One gawps, regarding learner driver with turn coming up (5)
The two letter abbreviation for regarding, the single letter for learner (driver), and a synonym of turn all reversed (coming up).
11d Kitty used by a merchant wandering round eastern region for customers? (9,4)
The pet referred to as Kitty placed before (used by) an anagram (wandering) of A MERCHANT containing (round) the single letter for eastern.
13d Literature that’s lost the plot? (3-7)
The classification of books that do not have plots.
16d Belt one aristo’s got on (3,2,3)
A three letter synonym of belt (not as something used in clothing), the single letter for one, and a slang synonym of aristo.
20d Gold and green veg and other food grown here (7)
The heraldic term for gold and the edible leafstalk of a variety of white beet (straight out of the BRB).
23d Caught Romeo escaping from relation in blue (4))
The crickety abbreviation for caught and a synonym of relation (as in a story) with the letter represented by Romeo in the phonetic alphabet removed.
The Crossword Club is now open.
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The Quick Crossword pun: QUEUE+WEIGHT=KUWAIT