Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29293 (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 Union supporter surprisingly is left outside backing a communist (10)
An anagram (surprisingly) of IS LEFT around the reversal (backing) of the A from the clue and a communist
9a Tangle with international footballer (5)
A tangle followed by I(nternational)
12a Award one successful with first clue! (8,5)
A successful person followed by a description (1,6) of the first clue in this puzzle
14a Crudely looks back on fresh depiction of recent events (8)
The reversal (back) of a verb meaning crudely looks preceded by (on in an across clue) an adjective meaning fresh
17a Cheerful pub to get drunk and have a meal (6)
An anagram (to get drunk) of PUB followed by a verb meaning to have a meal
24a Supporter at home was hard to indoctrinate (9)
A female support garment followed by a two-letter word meaning at home, WAS from the clue and H(ard)
25a Head off arm-in-arm showing tattoos (5)
Drop (off) the initial letter (head) of an adjective meaning arm-in-arm
27a Inexperienced people guided head of government in affairs (10)
A three-letter verb meaning guided and the initial letter (head) of G[overnment] inside some sexual affairs
1d Celebrity makes a couple of notes (4)
Combine a couple of notes of the scale
3d Making a comeback, getting about in the pink? (13)
A charade of a two-letter word meaning about, IN from the clue and a flower also called a pink
5d Posh part of London holding a mass for teacher (5)
The post code of a posh part of London around (holding) the A from the clue and M(ass)
8d Lower orders comprehending students making fatuous remark (10)
Members of a class of low social status around the letter representing a student or learner – I don’t see why students is plural
11d One to welcome dawn crossing bridge with one’s dog (6,7)
A bird known for welcoming the dawn around (crossing) a bridge and I (one)
16d Seized area captured by whirling Dervish (8)
A(rea) inside (area captured by) an anagram (whirling) of DERVISH
20d Good family will take her to find London landmark (7)
G(ood) and a word meaning family around (will take) HER from the clue
23d Misdeeds regularly ignored in certain days in Rome (4)
The first word in the clue without (ignored) its odd letters (regularly)
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The Quick Crossword pun: war+tusk+ease=water skis