Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29234 (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 Blocked motorway going west — pretty normal (10)
The reversal (going west) of a major motorway is followed by an adjective meaning pretty normal
9a State I had removed plants (5)
Drop (removed) the shortened version of I had from a US state
12a English female with high fever facing fuss about cold fizz (13)
E(nglish) and F(emale) followed by an anagram (high) of FEVER and a fuss or tantrum around C(old)
15a Diamonds, maybe gold, for lover (6)
What may, in a pack of cards, be diamonds followed by the heraldic term for gold
19a ‘Time‘ ultimately granted uniform allowance (8)
The final letter (ultimately) of [grante]D and the letter represented by Uniform in the NATO Phonetic alphabet followed by an allowance
21a Terribly full, dines with chap that’s dissolute (4-9)
An anagram (terribly) of FULL DINES followed by a chap
25a Provide joke online? (5)
A joke is preceded by the letter that can indicate online, as when added to mail or book
27a Dressed like priest, one might attract interest (10)
Split as (2,8) this could mean dressed like a priest
1d Bar opponent reportedly supplying dope (4)
Sounds like (reportedly) a bar or pub followed by an opponent – this dope is data not dolt!
3d Doctor heads first for part of the Midlands (13)
A cunningly-observed anagram (doctor) of HEADS FIRST FOR
7d Somewhere to put bric-a-brac and other things (7)
A cryptic definition of an item of furniture that could well be used to store bric-a-brac and other things
8d I fared badly wearing medal attending church? (3-7)
An anagram (badly) of I FARED inside (wearing) a colloquial word for a medal
13d In capitals, he could be a diplomat (10)
A cryptic definition of of a diplomat usually found in the capital city of a foreign country
16d Sweet centre (5-3)
20d Get in the way? I’m not regularly impolite (7)
I from the clue followed by the odd (regularly) letters of N[o]T and an adjective meaning impolite
23d Polish might be seen with this issue? (4)
Polish might be seen with this in the phrase “**** and polish”
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The Quick Crossword pun: farmer+seas=pharmacies