Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 26456 (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 Disreputable pair cons politician — get detained here? (6,4)
An anagram (disreputable) of PAIR CONS is followed by a politician to give where said politician may be detained if he fiddles his expenses
9a Initiate Dracula perhaps as a measure of his diet (5,5)
A word meaning to initiate is followed by Dracula’s title to give a measure of his diet
15a Poet’s endless wonder (6)
Drop the final letter of the name of this seventeenth-century English metaphysical poet to get a wonder or spectacle
19a Academics take in old papers for correction (6)
Put the abbreviated form of these senior academics around (take in) O(ld) to get trial impressions of pages used for making corrections before final printing.
21a Popular cleaner source of information for Chinese (7,5)
The official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party could describe a popular cleaner
1d Boozers knock back drink swallowing first of beers (4)
Here the boozers are the places for drinking rather than the drinkers themselves – reverse (knock back) a verb meaning to drink around (swallowing) the first letter of Beers
4d Bird with mild ailment taking in hospital (6)
This bird of the crow family, inhabiting sea-cliffs and mountains and having glossy black plumage, red legs and a red down-curved bill, is created by putting a mild ailment, often associated with a cold, around (taking in) H(ospital)
7d Tuck up gripping injured fallen wrestler’s hold (4,6)
Reverse (up, as this is a down clue) a slang word for tuck, as in food, around (gripping) an anagram (injured) of FALLEN to get a wrestler’s hold
14d Confusion about right climbing plant for each insect (4-6)
Put confusion or haze (3) around R(ight) and follow it with a climbing plant (3), the fruit of which is used for flavouring beer, and a word meaning for each (3) to get this jumping, plant-sucking insect, the larva of which produces cuckoo spit
23d Stab a slug (4)
A double definition – to have a stab or go and a slug of metal for firing from a gun
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