Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29299 (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 Appropriate European base (7)
Someone from a European country followed by our usual base of natural logarithms
9a First class drinks party (9)
Two definitions – a class for the new intake of children at a school and a party at which drinks are served
12a General‘s son the one she loves? (7)
S(on) followed by the one she loves (3,3)
13a Left by train, heading for York specifically (9)
L(eft) preceded by a type of train and followed by the initial letter of (heading for) Y[ork]
18a Escaped over water breaking pottery (9)
The reversal (over) of a four-letter verb meaning escaped followed by an anagram breaking () of WATER
21a Sub-machine gun loaded by little honey (7)
A sub-machine gun around (loaded by) a word meaning little
26a From remote areas: patriotic slogan? (2-7)
Could, without the hyphen, be a patriotic slogan
28a Disappointed — at being dropped? (3,4)
A phrase meaning dropped or lowered
1d Rubbish sack taken into French station (7)
Put a sack inside the French for station
3d Brightest star‘s expression of surprise about record (5)
An expression of surprise around a long-playing record
4d Furies in Ireland? Certainly! (7)
A four-letter poetic name for Ireland followed by a word meaning certainly or sure
7d Arab stopping Mona’s obsessive single-mindedness (9)
Someone from an Arabian country inside (stopping) MONA
14d Working on pitches in this discipline? (9)
An anagram (working) of ON PITCHES
17d Oddly able to leave one country for another (7)
Drop (to leave) the odd letters of A[b]L[e] from one country to get another
18d Set out at night? (7)
This set is usually removed from the mouth at night!
24d Header missed in tight draw (5)
Start with a a colloquial word for tight or drunk and drop (missed) its initial letter (header)
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The Quick Crossword pun: track+shun=traction