Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29263 (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 from Big Dave follow.
1a Perfectionist‘s fine American pickle (7)
F(ine) followed by a two-letter American and a pickle or predicament
5a Unevenly coloured 25 dish: no cover on top? (7)
A dish that is 25a followed by an adjective meaning with no cover on the top of the head
9a Hands down, it’s a revolution! (9)
A not-very-good cryptic definition of “a sideways somersault with arms and legs extended” as Chambers puts it
12a Hormone from kidneys — there’s a row about that (9)
An adjective meaning from the kidneys goes inside the A from the clue and a row or noise
20a Failing to supply a bouquet? (9)
A weak cryptic definition of an adjective meaning having no smell
25a Criminal eats King Edward, initially cooked thus? (5)
An adjective meaning criminal around (eats) K(ing) and the initial letter of E[dward]
27a Canal’s entrance in eastern Lahore collapsed (7)
E(astern) followed by an anagram (collapsed) of LAHORE
28a Revolutionary soldier given no wine shunned (7)
The reversal of an American soldier is followed by NO from the clue and a type of wine
1d Part of spoof actually for real (7)
Hidden (part of) inside the clue
2d Paddy right to enter bar (5)
A fit of bad temper is derived by putting R(ight) inside a verb meaning to bar or prevent
5d Quietly coming upon exotic arboreal creature (5,4)
The musical notation for quietly followed by an anagram (exotic) of ARBOREAL
7d One backing search for swimmer (9)
A word meaning someone who backs a theatrical production is followed by a verb meaning to search
8d River claims dwelling: is it international climate warming? (7)
Put a river famous for its jolly miller (There was a Jolly Miller once, Lived on the River …) around some temporary accommodation
16d Protestant marching from mountains in state (9)
Put some mountains inside a Middle-Eastern state
19d Cut grass hides bird without tail (7)
Some grass goes around a waddling bird without its final letter (tail)
24d Previous leader in monastery (5)
With a puzzle like this it’s difficult to decide for which clues to provide hints – I’ve done my best but please remember I am only the messenger!
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The Quick Crossword pun: ardour+snails=hard as nails