Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26427 (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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1a Legislator from European Parliament in service (6)
To get this legislator, put the abbreviation for European Parliament inside a word meaning service or obligation
4a Lumpy gazpacho perhaps left a little earlier (8)
An adjective meaning lumpy is created by taking a description of gazpacho (4,4) and moving the L(eft) one position earlier
21a Houses’ architect makes joke about soldier (5)
An architect who worked on the Houses of Parliament is created by putting a joke around a US soldier
27a Cloth put over second exit (6)
Reverse a type of cloth and add S(econd) to get an exit
1d Medicine doses given to unknown accumulation of fluid in the body (6)
These medicine doses are followed by an unknown value from an algebraic equation to get a condition characterized by unnatural accumulation of watery fluid in any part of the body
5d Reprieves side to give vent to feelings (3,3,5)
Start with two-word noun meaning reprieves (3,4), add a sports side and the result is a phrase meaning to give vent to feelings
19d Old man serving bird? Goose (7)
A charade of a synonym for old and a man in prison serving time (bird lime / Cockney rhyming slang) gives this large European goose
22d Understand Greek as poetry primarily (5)
A word meaning to understand is formed from a charade of GR(eek), AS and the initial letter (primarily) of Poetry
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