Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27594 (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.
1a Exuberant actors recoiled in false show of emotion (9,5)
An anagram (exuberant) of ACTORS RECOILED
10a Criticise Mary who cooks on TV, receiving small sound of disapproval (9)
A three-letter verb meaning to criticise followed by the surname of the Mary who cooks on TV with the first word around (receiving) S(mall)
11a Policeman getting tip off on Her Majesty — a work for the Met? (5)
Start with a three-letter colloquial word for a policeman, drop (off) the initial letter (tip), add Her Majesty’s regnal cipher and the A from the clue – The Met is in New York, not London!
13a Advertising European TV with channel already selected? (6)
A two-letter abbreviation for the business of advertising followed by E(uropean) and another name for the TV
17a & 18a Toast in base tent, foolishly — take precautions! (6,4,3,7)
A drinking toast (4,3,5) inside an anagram (foolishly) of BASE TENT
26a ‘Railway Children’ author endlessly recalled playwright (5)
Start with the surname of the author of The Railway Children, drop the final letter (endlessly) and then reverse (recalled) what remains
27a It’s a grand sight in Venice and in France to this artist (9)
A grand site in Venice followed by the French for “and” and TO
28a Dirty tricks investing thousand in finance company (6,8)
Insert (investing) the metric symbol for a thousand into a general name for a finance company
2d Sticky stuff keeps son in check (5)
Insert S(on) into a check or restraint
3d Picasso, for instance, succeeded in old measure (6)
S(ucceeded) inside an old measure which was the length of the arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, variously 18 to 22 inches
4d Bowler’s tally in local contest (5,5)
An American term for a bowler hat followed by a verb meaning to tally or correspond
8d Reporter at Olympics, perhaps, could make last sprint go with it (8,6)
This report of this device can be heard at any athletics event, including the Olympics – it’s an anagram (could make) of LAST SPRINT GO with IT
14d Soldiers taking German gentleman in old military vehicles (5,5)
These soldiers are more familiar in crosswords in their abbreviated form – insert the four-letter title afforded to a German gentleman into O(ld) and some military vehicles
19d Want expert to limit cattle disease heading north (7)
A three-letter word for an expert around (to limit) a cattle disease and the symbol for a heading of North
24d Place fortune on American sports car (5)
Place a fortune or large amount on the two-letter abbreviation for American
Especially for pommers!
25d Second taxi to refuse to come out (4)
S(econd) followed by a taxi gives a verb meaning to refuse to come out on strike
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The Quick crossword pun: goal+deny=GoldenEye