Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29281 (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 Hungry strict religious group given food outside (8)
A strict religious group inside a three-letter verb meaning given food
10a Yet this is how all-seater stadiums are (15)
Split this wonderful English word as (3,4,8)
12a Get along fine mostly putting donkey in prestigious event (7)
Most of a colloquial verb meaning to get along fine around a donkey
15a Just offside? (5)
This is the off side to a batsman who is not left-handed
20a Dislike state’s entity having charge (8)
A four-letter verb meaning to state, the S from ‘S and entity that has a charge
26a Emaciated condition in lank lads treated by doctor (3,4,3,5)
An anagram (treated) of IN LANK LADS followed by a colloquial word for a doctor
27a Speaking role finally censored from ‘Love Actually’ (6)
A score of love in tennis followed by an adverb meaning actually without (censored from) the final letter of [rol]E
28a Block group from circa 1970 reaching number one (8)
A 1970s group (without their definite article!) followed by the position occupied when one is number one
1d Heartless Scandinavian murder? (6)
Drop the middle letter (heartless) from a Scandinavian
2d & 3d Field of research that could produce essential ceramic (9,7)
This interdisciplinary field of research involving the properties of matter and its applications is an anagram (could produce) of ESSENTIAL CERAMIC
7d Leaves American university so upset about it (5)
A US university inside (about it) the reversal (upset in a down clue) of SO from the clue
8d After slump a financial centre shows good sense (8)
A three-letter slump followed by the A from the clue and London’s financial centre
14d Tribal leader making a lot of noise (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be a tribal leader
16d Stop fool flying — it’s not worth much apparently (9)
Split as (6,3) this could mean to stop a fool from flying
17d Two jazz fans going head to head, coming in so jumpily? (8)
Two three-letter jazz fans, the first reversed (going head to head) inside SO from the clue
21d Fail to pay attention that’s small inconvenience (7)
S(mall) followed by an inconvenience
22d Fashion shops stocking unknown fragrant plant (6)
An anagram (fashion) of SHOPS around a mathematical unknown
24d Dressing for dance (5)
… dressing here is a noun
25d Dance beat requiring energy (5)
A verb meaning to beat followed by some energy
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The Quick Crossword pun: writers+reign=right as rain