Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27558 (Hints)
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle today with a very special prize!
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.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
1a Acknowledging defeat in underwater operation (10)
A prefix meaning under followed by an operation
11a Such a course concerning new student? Yes and no (9)
This type of course would not be undertaken by a new student – a prefix meaning concerning followed by a word used for a first year student
12a Sent back fish, king rejected shellfish (7)
Some fish of the cod family are reversed (sent back) and then K(ing) is dropped (rejected)
13a Stocking up with booze, say, precluding a being abed late (5,2)
Start with a phrasal verb meaning stocking up and then drop (precluding) the A from the clue
21a Constable, perhaps, represented by a penetrating playwright (7)
Put the A from the clue inside the surname of a British playwright
25a The woman embraced by an Irish leader once (5)
The pronoun for “the woman” is inserted into (embraced by) AN
26a Business leader out of the City (4)
A prefix meaning out of followed by the postcode of the City of London
27a Bad-tempered fellow from Scottish shire with penny in bag (10)
A Scottish shire and P(enny) inside a bag or amount of fish
1d Page penned by hack is prominent news item (6)
P(age) inside a verb meaning to hack or lacerate
2d Scrounger‘s urge to be in pub (6)
A verb meaning to urge inside a pub or inn
5d Saxon King left poor-quality meat (5)
The former king of Mercia followed by L(eft)
7d Wood old golfer used in springtime (8)
The surname of a famous old golfer inside a Spring month
9d Product of light rubber that can provide what’s wanted (5,2,3,4)
A cryptic definition of what appeared when Aladdin rubbed his light
16d Spite could be result of being this far from the beaten track (3-5)
This could define an anagram of which SPITE is the result
19d Make declaration in top cricket match (6)
Split as (2,4) this could mean being in a top cricket match
22d Turner that looks the same hung upside-down (5)
A palindromic word for something that turns
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be out all day, but I’m sure you will all be well looked after.
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The Quick crossword pun: whim+ build+ uncommon= Wimbledon Common