Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29257 (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.
Although I had previously accessed today’s Quick Crossword, by the time I selected the Cryptic the Telegraph Puzzles website had gone down. More news later.
Since applying a recent upgrade to Firefox, my access to Telegraph Puzzles has become erratic. Microsoft Edge to the rescue! Here are some hints:
7a Mostly grumpy character in bar (8)
Most of an adjective meaning grumpy gives a musical note
12a Outwit in front of girlfriend? Things go off after that (4-6,4)
A four-letter verb meaning to outwit followed by a word meaning in front of and a girlfriend
15a Get topless to make an impression (4)
It’s not [g]et that is topless but a verb meaning to get!
17a Partner’s issue on leaving flight (5)
The male “issue” of one’s partner without (leaving) the ON from the clue
23a Fake the compiler’s advertisement (8)
The compiler is (1’1) followed by an advertisement
25a It arouses pity giving power to musketeer (6)
P(ower) followed by a musketeer
27a Harmony is found in rejection of what’s unacceptable (6)
Put the IS from the clue inside the reversal (rejection) of a word meaning not acceptable (3-1)
28a Group of horses leading lady for hack (8)
A group of horses followed by the regal cipher of the Queen (leading lady)
1d Girl in West Side Story fails to start song (4)
The “Juliet” character in West Side Story without her initial letter (fails to start)
2d Give evidence during trial (6)
A two-letter word meaning during followed by a trial
4d Gamble taking breather during exercise (6)
An four-letter organ used for breathing inside some exercise
6d A warm spell centrally then storms — he might say that (10)
An anagram (storms) of A WARM [sp]E[ll] (centrally) and THEN
8d Makes great effort to pick up name that’s surprising! (7)
A verb meaning makes a great effort around (to pick up) N(ame)
16d Watering device you once put in place to encourage plant growth (8)
Put a four-letter watering device around an old-fashioned word for you
18d Miss a captain (7)
… here “a” is as in “tuppence a bag”
21d Current navigator’s device needs to start (6)
Drop the initial letter (needs to start) from a device once used by navigators
26d Old soldiers warning (4)
O(ld) followed by some soldiers
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The Quick Crossword pun: pastor+knack=[Boris[ Pasternak