Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29240 (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 Tinker a little, using starter only after car’s repaired (6)
The A from the clue and the initial letter (starter only) of L[ittle] preceded by (after) an anagram (repaired) of CAR’S
4a They take you out on your birthday (8)
… birthday being the actual day you were born not an anniversary thereof
11a After reforming, turn out educated or self-taught? (9)
An anagram (after reforming) of TURN OUT followed by ED(ucated)
12a Bizarre, retiring somewhere in California — blunder by you and me? (7)
A two-letter Californian city, a blunder and the pronoun for you and me, all reversed (retiring)
13a Meadow pipit’s home with the most slender dimensions (7)
A meadow is followed by the home of a pipit
17a Club in Milan shifted painter to rendering (14)
One of Milan’s top football clubs is followed by an anagram (shifted) of PAINTER TO
24a As spy at GCHQ eats, twit occasionally drops food (9)
Drop the odd letters (occasionally) from the first six words in the clue
26a Paper from Paris wraps a sparkling drink (8)
A French newspaper (2,5) around the A from the clue
27a Commercial about poet’s inspiration was funny (6)
a two-letter commercial around a poet’s inspiration
1d Think twice about Bible class with son falling behind idiots (8)
A Bible class and some idiots are followed by S(on)
2d University dons huntin’ marine creature (3,6)
U(niversity) inside (dons) a verb meaning hunting, without its final letter
6d Slough‘s moderate Tory followed by fifty plus (7)
A moderate Tory (from the days when such people existed!) followed by the Roman numeral for fifty and a word meaning plus
7d Dash or run to be involved in the day victory came twice (5)
… the day victory came is the day celebrating the end of hostilities in Europe after WWII (and you need two of them)
9d Official ghost writer’s boss should be charitable (6-8)
An adjective meaning official or communal followed by a ghost and the boss of a writer on a newspaper
15d Outbreaks of movie star Moore appearing in films like Exodus (9)
The first name of a female movie star whose surname is Moore inside a word that describes films like Exodus
18d Made of clay, shell-like article held up by knight (7)
One’s “shell-like” and the definite article followed (held up) by the chess notation for knight
19d Acorn with slight mutation arising, my word, that’s initially important (7)
Swap a couple of letters in acorn and add the reversal (arising) of MY to give a word that is made up of the initial letters of other words
22d Nebulous body, fighting between two sizes (5)
Some fighting goes between two clothing sizes
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The Quick Crossword pun: whiled+read+pander=wild red panda