Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27588 (Hints)
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There’s a new Monthly Prize Puzzle today!
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, several of them gleaned from the comments:
6a Patient‘s protracted agony (4-9)
This adjective meaning patient is a charade of an adjective meaning protracted and agony or discomfort
8a Man‘s great upset before reaching hospital (6)
This man is an anagram (upset) of GREAT before an H(ospital) [Pommers]
9a Cry aloud for one in shellfish’s grip (8)
A three-letter word meaning for followed by I (one) inside (in … grip) a shellfish
11a You should set down in lake and away from the sea (6)
IN from the clue followed by L(ake) and AND
16a Bird from Sweden going to bask (7)
The IVR code for Sweden followed by a verb meaning to bask
24a Atlas, perhaps, setter sent back (3)
Atlas is an example of this legendary superhuman – reverse a (golden?) setter
25a Implication concerning way of speaking (8)
A charade of a four-letter word meaning concerning and a word describing your way of speaking [Pommers]
27a Money-spinner? (8,5)
A cryptic definition of a device used in a gambling game
1d Type of bowling that’s not on leg! (8)
A word that means not on or above followed by a different limb to the leg
3d Apres-ski, maybe when it’s less expensive? (7)
Split as (3,4) this could describe where you are when you have finished skiing – it actually means a time when travel is less expensive
5d For him, work is a grind (6)
A weak cryptic definition of someone whose job involves grinding
6d Nerd is in Shakespearean character on course, moving student (7,6)
Put NERD between a tragic Shakespearean character and a watercourse to get a student who is moving in a motor car
7d In decline, how long idling untidily? (5,8)
An anagram (untidily) of HOW LONG IDLING
17d Game birds — or wolf, possibly? (8)
Split as (4,4) this could be a clue for an anagram for which the answer is WOLF
21d I won’t visit grave containing watery liquid (6)
Containing watery liquid is the definition and you get the solution by removing the I (I won’t visit) from a word meaning grave [Crypticsue, amended version!]
22d Had a good press? (6)
A not-very cryptic definition of a verb meaning pressed clothes
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The Quick crossword pun: wince+Hester+Cathedral=Winchester Cathedral