Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27552 (Hints)
Big Dave’s 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.
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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 a “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.
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Some hints follow:
1a Settle on a posh carriage (6)
A verb meaning to settle or come down followed by the A from the clue and the usual single-letter meaning posh
9a On the map, going up in the world (10)
The direction in which you would be going if you were moving from the bottom to the top of a standard map
10a Assured of success in having got off the booze? (4,3,3)
A word meaning indoors together with an adjective meaning off the booze or teetotal
12a Express grief having very small amount of money (4)
A word of Scottish origin meaning very small followed by an amount of money (also very small)
18a Want rotten fielder far away from the wicket! (4,3)
A verb meaning to want or yearn followed by an adjective meaning rotten or rancid
20a Good circular pan covers beginning to require basic preparation (10)
G(ood) followed by an adjective meaning circular and a pan used to cook oriental food, the latter around the initial letter of (beginning to) R[equire]
23a Change of accent is appropriate (10)
This anagram (change) of OF ACCENT IS gives a verb meaning to appropriate or seize
26a Bold lover not liked initially (6)
An affectionate term for a lover without the initial letter of L[iked)
2d Catch the girl singer appearing first? Absolutely (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to catch followed by the objective pronoun for the girl and preceded by a male singer with a high voice
4d A Parisian fiancé’s chance (10)
The French indefinite article followed by a fiancé or person who means to get married
5d Snoop’s full of insulting primness (7)
A verb meaning to snoop around (full of) an adjective meaning insulting or impolite
7d One’s musical tongue? (5,5)
This musical instrument is also a cryptic definition of the tongue
8d Now opening for a season (6)
The two-letter abbreviation for “in the year of the Lord” (now) followed by an opening or aperture
13d Instruments of supersonic potential (10)
… watch out for the anagram!
15d Accumulated capital used on mansion and diamonds (10)
The capital of a company, often divided into shares, followed by a slang word for a mansion and D(iamonds)
16d Engineers taking part in light diversion (10)
The usual military engineers followed by a part or segment gives a process by which light is diverted
24d Dear French singer (4)
Two definitions – the French for dear or expensive and an American female singer
The Crossword Club is now open. As this is the last Saturday of the month, I’ll be at the Village Café and Market until lunchtime.
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The Quick crossword pun: empty + prom + mrs = empty promises