Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27570 (Hints)
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Today is your last chance to win the 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 Antagonism in work place (10)
A musical work followed by a place or site
10a Socially dominant in sacred river area (5)
The sacred river in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan (newly added to The Usual Suspects page) followed by A(rea)
11a Not entirely risky acquiring horse for old coach (9)
Most of an adjective meaning risky around a horse which is popular for its grace and speed
15a Entrant, a competitor on river (7)
The A from the clue followed by a competitor itself preceded by (on in an across clue) R(iver)
18a Greeting composer, one leaving barbecue (7)
A charade of a two-letter greeting, a German composer and I (one)
24a Loyal follower, guy from a Belgian river port? (8)
Split as (5,3) this could be a guy from a Belgian river port, as long as you ignore the lack of a grave accent
27a Beginning to like catching Latin lecture (7-2)
A phrasal verb meaning beginning to like (6,2) around (catching) L(atin)
30a Clue for Poirot, say, could bring dishonour to family (10)
Evidence that could help a detective like Hercule Poirot solve a case could, if split as (5,5), mean family and a dishonour or smear
1d What’s touching about mother country? (4)
A two-letter word meaning touching or in contact with around mother
4d Diplomatic in court dividing fault roughly (7)
The abbreviation of C(our)T inside (dividing) an anagram (roughly) of FAULT
5d Famous Greek is below on a ship (7)
Not an Ancient Greek, but a twentieth century shipping magnate! – IS preceded by ON, A and a SteamShip
7d Empty, obsolete bain-marie? (7)
An adjective meaning obsolete or extinct followed by the type of cooking utensil of which a bain-marie is an example (the question mark indicates that this is a definition-by-example)
9d Fighter having to turn from correct course over channel (8)
This fighter is an aircraft, not a person! – a verb meaning to turn from the correct course followed by a channel or passage
16d First one to get on a four-wheeled carriage (8)
The person who comes first followed by I (one) and the A from the clue
19d Finance account in arrears (7)
A verb meaning to finance or support followed by an account or diary
20d Bad carrying on with a criminal (7)
An adjective meaning bad around (carrying) another word for the on side in cricket and the A from the clue
21d Venetian painter to fasten sports shirt (7)
A verb meaning to fasten followed by a type of sports shirt
26d College bill rising (4)
The reversal (rising in a down clue) of a bill of exchange
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The Quick crossword pun: hip+note+eyes=hypnotise