Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29275 (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 Still the same as one entertaining 1960s teenager (10)
A word meaning one or together around (entertaining) a three-letter 1960s teenager
10a What sea may do to ship (4)
Sometimes the short answers are the hardest to find! – TO from the clue followed by our usual ship
16a Old king whose seat’s in Edinburgh? (6)
Two definitions – the second being a feature of Edinburgh
20a Scene about short musical work united people (8)
A scene goes around a short musical work and U(nited)
23a Returning with sailor, popped outside for something to eat (9)
The reversal (returning) of W(ith) and a three-letter sailor inside a verb meaning popped
26a Like coming round naked (4)
Start with a word meaning coming round after being asleep and drop its outer letters
27a Critical sort of mood (10)
Two definitions – the second being a grammatical term
29a Doctor later calls for crystal dispenser (4,6)
An anagram (doctor) of LATER CALLS
1d Free and occasionally funny party (4)
The even letters (occasionally) of a word in the clue followed by a party
3d Tailor designs wrong item of clothing (8-4)
An anagram (tailor) of DESIGNS WRONG
5d It’s adopted by heartless foe? (6)
Start with a foe, drop its middle letter (heartless) and insert (adopted by) IT from the clue
8d Crush bowl made of clay (not hard) (10)
A bowl followed by an adjective meaning made of clay without (not) the H(ard)
14d Bigwigs initially need directors to supply teaching aid (10)
The initial letter of B[igwigs] followed by a need and a collective word for the directors of a company
17d Support pay for others (8)
A verb meaning to pay for and a word meaning the others
21d High-rise accommodation for workers? (3-4)
… in this old chestnut, the workers are insects
22d America briefly unsettled European region (6)
An anagram (unsettled) of most of (briefly) AMERIC[a]
25d That woman’s protecting one next in line (4)
The pronoun meaning that woman around (protecting) I (one)
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The Quick Crossword pun: tube+hacker=Chewbacca