Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29269 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Mr K
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Hello, everyone. I’m standing for BD while he’s busy running today’s Birthday Bash.
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. In the hints below indicators are italicized and underlining identifies precise definitions and cryptic definitions. Clicking on a picture will enlarge it or display a bonus illustration.
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.
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1a Completely fill it at sea when stormy (7)
An anagram (when stormy) of IT AT SEA
5a Cool drink setter had in flat (7)
Link together cool or fashionable, a synonym of drink, and a contraction of “the setter had” seen from the perspective of the setter
11a Pancake containing a lot of fish sauce (7)
A type of Mexican pancake containing all but the last letter of (a lot of) a sea fish
16a Horse cooked in casserole wife chucked out (5)
A word meaning “cooked in casserole” has the genealogical abbreviation for wife deleted (chucked out)
18a Last on tap drunk following the birth (9)
An anagram (drunk) of LAST ON TAP
21a TV show about female with fine prospects (3,4)
A noun synonym of TV and a verb synonym of show sandwiching (about) the single letter for female
27a Stadium, large, accommodates second team (7)
A synonym of stadium contains (accommodates) the single letter for second and is followed by the clothing abbreviation for large
28a Foreign currency earners in old harbour towns? (7)
Stick together a short word meaning old or former and some harbour towns
1d Mark caught rodent in school (7)
The cricket abbreviation for caught and a rodent are inserted together in an abbreviation for school
2d One opposed to other manual workers? (5)
A cryptic definition of a digit that stands out from the others
6d Be sensible before arriving in time (3,6)
A poetic word meaning “before” is inserted in (arriving in) a time of the year
8d Much disliked -- as lurgy! (7)
This adjective meaning much disliked often accompanies “lurgy”
14d Impressive winger’s successful long shot? (9)
A double definition. The first is a bird with impressive wings, the second is a golf accomplishment that probably involved a successful long shot
18d Soldiers look up for overhead protection (7)
Some usual soldiers are followed by the reversal (up, in a down clue) of an archaic interjection meaning look or behold
20d Stories about cat in French city (7)
Some untrue stories containing (about) a slang word for cat. This French city is known for porcelain boxes, many of which appear to feature cats …
24d Monarch has regret about Left and Right (5)
A synonym of regret is wrapped about the single letter for left and followed by the single letter for right
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The Quick Crossword pun: PLAGUE + ROUND = PLAYGROUND