Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27582 (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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Some hints follow:
1a Keep following small enchanting woman in communication centre (11)
Keep or subsistence follow S(mall) and an enchanting woman
8a Slow bowler’s variation finds place to turn in front of leg (7)
The reversal (to turn) of a place or location followed by (in front of) a colloquial word for a leg – this leg is not the leg or on side in cricket, just for a change
10a Bird’s egg on garden plant (8)
A bird followed by a verb meaning to egg on or encourage
11a Curt’s no leader, put in place by company group (6)
Drop the initial letter (no leader) from an adjective meaning curt or brusque and precede what’s left with CO(mpany)
16a Old Western film one employed at RADA? (10)
Split as (5,5) this could be an instructor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
21a Snake catches Marvin napping (6)
Not Hank B Marvin, but the actor who famously had a hit with (and I didn’t say sang!) Wandering Star – put his first name inside a snake
22a Twitter’s number one for upsetting immense number (8)
Believe it or not, once upon a time twitter meant to make a tremulous sound – put another similar verb in front of the reversal (for upsetting) of NO (number) and I (one)
24a English composer not a green artist (2,5)
Start with the English composer of Land of Hope and Glory, drop (not) the A from the clue and finish with a prefix meaning green or concerned with preserving the environment
26a Ancient Mayor of London once walked round a street there (3,4,4)
A three-letter adjective meaning ancient followed by the first name of Boris’s predecessor and a verb meaning walked, the latter around the A from the clue gives a street in SE London
1d Belted out tune when served up drink (7)
A verb meaning belted out followed by the reversal (served up) of a tune
3d Means to pay for such as ‘Good Soldier Schweik’ on the radio (10)
Split as (6,4) this sounds like a description of the novel by Jaroslav Hasek
5d Lily Allen’s first rendering of ‘Old Shep’ (8)
The initial letter (first) of A[llen] followed by an anagram (rendering) of OLD SHEP – not particularly difficult, but the mental image of Lily Allen singing Old Shep is amusing!
9d Catch handlers going astray in the country (11)
A three-letter verb meaning to catch followed by an anagram (going astray) of HANDLERS
12d Inharmonious gig with records delivered finally in rave (10)
A gig at which records are played as a substitute for live music followed by the final letter of [delivere]D inside a verb meaning to rave
15d American hero — North Dakota clergyman (8)
The surname of the American hero who rode from Boston to Lexington to warn fellow American revolutionaries of the approach of British troops followed by the abbreviation for North Dakota
A blast from the past – how many of you remember this one?
17d Fast car hampered by insubstantial legroom (7)
Surely two separate definitions – the musical notation for “lively and rather fast” and a rust-bucket car from the 1970s – of this hidden (hampered by) word!
19d Sweet flavour and wrapping I notice (7)
Put the AND from the clue around I and a verb meaning to notice
23d Carry on habit? (4)
Two definitions – a verb meaning to carry on or get by and a semicircular, sleeveless, hooded vestment worn over the alb or surplice by priests at certain Christian ceremonies
And here is our very own Prolixic (aka the 15d Michael Callaghan) wearing his!
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