Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27576 (Hints)
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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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Some hints follow:
4a React to scrap and join in? (4,4)
This could, at a pinch, mean to react to a scrap or give support and encouragement to someone in a dispute, but you are better off concentration on the definition – according to Chambers the first word means “To deal with or react to in a specified way”, but that is definition 24 of 62! – then add a scrap or piece [Thanks to Gazza for looking at the dictionary, which I obviously failed to do.]
9a Drunk sees unknown staff in local, known for more money than sense? (5,3)
An anagram (drunk) of SEES followed by a mathematical unknown and a verb meaning to staff gives a person from a particular locality notorious for having more money than sense
12a Being ready to accept pound found in old cape (8)
A pound or enclosure inside O(ld) and a cape or headland
13a Hurry back with bandage for infant (8)
The reversal (back) of a verb meaning to hurry followed by a bandage of the kind used to support a broken arm
16a Pamphlet by one getting paid is to keep going (8)
A pamphlet preceded by a sportsman who is paid for playing
19a Waste of energy, getting loud and talking freely (8)
E(nergy) followed by the musical notation for loud and an adjective meaning talking freely
23a Passenger made upset when collected by chance (4,4)
An anagram (upset) of MADE inside (collected by) chance or fortune
26a Animal in stall with another animal (8)
A verb meaning to stall or equivocate followed by a three-letter animal
1d A short-term worker’s put in double time and endeavour (7)
The A from the clue followed by a short-term worker inside T(ime) T(ime) (double time)
4d Nobody knows what happens on bank holidays! (6,2,7)
A cryptic definition of something that doesn’t happen on days when the banks are closed and the bank clerks are not working
5d Eddy needs light touch to open lock at the front (4-4)
An eddy preceded by (needs … to open) a light touch
6d Little person‘s pictures, in other words (5)
A colloquial word for pictures followed by the Latin abbreviation for “in other words” or “that is to say”
14d £51 perhaps is extortionate initially for puree (9)
Split as (2,4) the first part of this answer is the Roman numerals for 51 and a slang word for a pound in money – then add IS and the initial letter of E[xtortionate]
17d Take over from king attended by two Biblical characters (7)
The Latin abbreviation for king followed by two Biblical characters, the first being one of the usual prophets and the second the first lady in the bible
18d Criticise cricket side’s clanger in Rugby (5-2)
A verb meaning to criticise followed by one of the sides of the cricket pitch
22d Music from southern side of stage (5)
S(outhern) followed by the side of a theatre stage
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The Quick crossword pun: Anne+ewer+Tees=annuities