Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27564 (Hints)
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There’s a very special prize for this month’s Prize Puzzle!
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 Knocked back excess fare (7)
A cryptic definition of having had (knocked back) too much (excess) food (fare)
10a Take a chance, about to take a chance with beef (7)
A verb meaning to take a chance or gamble around a verb meaning to take a chance or dare
12a Space dust? (6)
Two definitions – space or emptiness and to collect dust with a Hoover – the question mark is supposed to indicate the questionability of the second definition!
15a Share 50 per cent of religious studies (4)
This share, like the one for which the Co-op was famous, is the first half (50 per cent) of religious studies
21a Blushing, having nothing to perform again (4)
The colour associated with blushing followed by O (nothing)
27a With 99 more, it would bring a German up to the mark (7)
One hundred of these used to make a German mark – as the mark is no longer the currency of Germany this would have been better expressed as “With 99 more, it would have brought a German up to the mark”
28a In principle guys will provide accommodation (8)
Inside a principle place some guys to get this building divided into dwellings for a number of families
29a Hold on extremely carefully first, going for a ride (7)
A verb meaning to hold on preceded by (first) the outer letters (extremely) of C[arefull]Y
2d Word for word, brave novel by little man (8)
An anagram (novel) of BRAVE followed by the shortened form of a boy’s name, like Bob Cratchit’s son in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
3d Short headstrong Russian leader and svengali (8)
Most of (short) an adjective meaning headstrong followed by the surname of the current Russian leader
6d Lift provided when company reveals disaster (6)
The reversal (lift in a down clue) of a two-letter word meaning provided or “in the event of” is followed by a two-letter word meaning when and CO(mpany)
8d Porridge and young fish cook rapidly in pan (4-3)
A word meaning porridge or time in prison followed by some young salmon in their second year
11d Display of flower power coming down? (9)
A cryptic definition of a place where a river (flower) descends rapidly
14d Just as likely to happen literally in centre of Dallas (5-5)
The Roman numerals in the centre of [Da]LL[as]
18d Drug habit, but not about to get supplement (8)
Start with a drug habit and drop (not) the C(irca), the Latin abbreviation for about
26d Woman that is leaving the BBC (4)
Start with the nickname for the BBC and drop (leaving) the I.E. (that is / id est)
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The Quick crossword pun: buy + Zante + hum = Byzantium