Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26379 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.
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4a Might Peter return after short sleep? (5,3)
A synonym for might or strength is followed by a famous Peter, who never grows up, reversed to get a short sleep
9a Note new verses in piece of narrative music (4,4)
An anagram (new) of NOTE is followed by some verses to get a piece of narrative music
12a In Channel Islands, get impression of event (8)
You need IN, the first two letters of the clue, followed by the abbreviation for Channel Isles and finally a four letter word for something that makes or is an impression (particularly if you bump your car!) to give you a word for an event [thanks to Mary for the explanation]
13a Most restless but not starting to be most catty (8)
A word meaning most restless is derived by removing the initial B (not starting) from a word meaning most catty
24a Conclude independent has alternative subordinate (8)
The definition is subordinate (lower in the pecking order): start with a verb meaning to conclude or deduce and add the abbreviation for independent and a conjunction used to introduce an alternative [thanks to Gazza for the explanation]
26a Arty gets revised plan of action (8)
An anagram (revised) of ARTY GETS gives this plan of action
1d Old man lying about gas (7)
The old man has a word meaning lying or prostrate around to get a flammable hydrocarbon gas used as bottled fuel
2d Welcomed Bill and Edwin who had accepted demand (9)
The definition is welcomed or praised publicly; put the abbreviations for bill (or invoice) and Edwin around (accepted) a demand (for compensation, for example) [thanks to Gazza for the explanation]
5d Blow hit cone (8)
A blow or breeze is followed by a word meaning to hit hard to get a light, flexible cone mounted on a mast
7d State sun’s over abyss (7)
A verb meaning to state is followed by SUN reversed (over) to get a little-used word for an abyss
15d Too particular about Italian city, not very English (8)
A word meaning too particular, or too fastidious as given by Chambers, is built from a synonym for about (as in they had a row about the something or other – thanks Kath) followed by an Italian city without (not) its first two letters V(ery) and E(nglish) – and it’s not Verona!
22d Greek character revolutionary atheist is excluding (5)
This character of the Greek alphabet is an anagram (revolutionary) of ATHE(IS)T without IS (is excluding)
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