Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27600 (Hints)
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Entries for the September Monthly Prize Puzzle close 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.
1a Girl who went to Palace after church for Cup (7)
The name of the girl who went down to Buckingham Palace with Christopher Robin preceded by CH(urch)
5a Overweight female seen with science centre times (6)
F(emale) followed by the three-letter abbreviated form of word for a science centre and the mathematical operation of multiplication (times)
12a Bad luck with Jack batting, needing ten (4)
J(ack) followed by the two-letter word that describes someone who is currently batting, as opposed to having been dismissed, and the Roman numeral for ten
17a Drunken cows on the line? (7,5)
An adjective meaning drunken followed by a collective word for cows gives what may be found on a railway line
21a Sheet anchor? (7-3)
A cryptic definition of a small plastic or wooden clip used to hold a sheet out to dry
23a Famous birthplace of one with endless support in the West (6)
Not so much a famous birthplace, more the birthplace of a famous saint – I (one) preceded by (in the West in an across clue) most of (endless) a verb meaning to support
25a Layered item of clothing that’s a bright colour (6)
An item of clothing word around the neck followed by a bright colour
26a European expected to keep pet in school (7)
E(uropean) followed by a word meaning expected or awaited around (to keep) a household pet gives a verb meaning to school or train
2d Sounds convenient, international player getting scoring adjustment (8)
The first part of the answer sounds like an adjective meaning convenient, the second is a three-letter word for an international sportsman
3d State supports the Parisian that’s in rubber (5)
The three-letter abbreviation for a US State preceded by (supports in a down clue) the French definite article
6d One is naturally spotted having this long tie askew (7)
This word for freckles is an anagram (askew) of LONG TIE
7d One’s mad for Rio fruit (6,3)
This could describe someone who is crazy about the country of which Rio is a large city
10d Mum, tipsy, fell missing last of steps (5-6)
This hyphenated word meaning mum or silent is derived from an adjective meaning tipsy or drunk followed by a verb meaning fell without the final letter (last) of [step]S
15d Attack when pilots are off work? (3,6)
This could, at a stretch, mean that pilots have withdrawn their labour
16d Inform Bill Strange (8)
the two-letter abbreviation for a bill followed by an adjective meaning strange or whimsical
22d Old Spanish leader abandoning old currency, mainly obsolete (5)
Start with the name of a former Spanish dictator and drop the O(ld)
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The Quick crossword pun: ill+eagle+lea=illegally