Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29287 (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.
6a Greatest ever intoxicated state, this level has never been reached before (3-4,4)
A hyphenated word meaning the greatest ever followed by an intoxicated state
10a Urges one to become bountiful (8)
An anagram (to become) of URGES ONE
11a Avert filly travelling in depressed area in Africa (4,6)
An anagram (travelling) of AVERT FILLY
15a Supposed to have done some magic round European court (11)
A verb meaning to have done some magic around E(uropean) and C(our)T
21a Symbol of Conservative and most of opposition? (4)
C(onservative) followed by of a word describing the opposition
22a Finished week taking on number too heavy (10)
A four-letter word meaning finished followed by W(eek) and a number
25a Advance in French vehicle going round centre of Bourges (8)
A French word for in followed by a public service vehicle around the middle letter (centre) of [Bou]R[ges]
28a Jack perhaps clearer as a cheat (4-7)
What could be a jack in a deck followed by an adjective meaning clearer
1d It may come before and after landing (6)
This landing is part of a staircase!
3d Second simpleton self-satisfied (4)
S(econd) followed by a simpleton
7d Bloomer having neat edge (5)
Neat is another word (usually only seen in crosswords) for cattle – a two-letter bovine is followed by an edge
8d Painfully sensitive flesh lasting a short time (5)
113d Endless good fortune concerning money (5)
Most of (endless) some good fortune followed by a two-letter word meaning concerning or about
16d Baker upset after cancelled delivery (3,5)
An anagram (upset) of BAKER preceded by a word meaning cancelled gives a type of delivery in cricket
23d Careful to adopt Catholic slogan (3,3)
An adjective meaning careful around (to adopt) the two-letter abbreviation for Catholic
26d Had old money dropped repeatedly in ditch (2-2)
Drop the latter representing a penny in old money from HA[D] and repeat what remains to get a ditch which conceals a wall
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The Quick Crossword pun: read+blood+sells=red blood cells