Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27606 (Hints)
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Big Dave is having a well-earned Saturday morning off so you’re stuck with me 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 Group of stars is able to set down beside church with Queen (6)
A verb meaning ‘is able to’ followed by one of the usual abbreviations for church and a single-letter abbreviation for queen.
11a Decorative ware from major look back by Institute of Contemporary Arts (8)
String together the abbreviation for major, the reversal (back) of an exclamation meaning look or behold and the abbreviation for the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
15a Beast’s tender arm — send for treatment by hospital (8)
Note that the definition here is the first two words. We want an anagram (for treatment) of ARM SEND following (by) H(ospital).
23a US city to endlessly acclaim (in their style) Scottish singer (8)
The US way of spelling a verb to acclaim or salute loses its last letter (endlessly) and that’s followed by a female Scottish singer.
26a Old maid perhaps about to sneak a look turning over Lady Chatterley’s Lover, say? (10)
To get the profession of Oliver Mellors start with what Old Maid is an example of. Now put together a preposition meaning about or concerning and a verb to sneak a look and reverse it all (turning over).
28a Husband aboard shabby boat (6)
Insert the abbreviation for husband into an adjective meaning shabby or gloomy.
2d Most powerful among historical Pharaohs (5)
This describes the most powerful or influential member of a group of people or animals. It’s hidden (among) in the clue.
3d Sergeant perhaps engaged in programme in open space at Waterloo? (9)
Waterloo here is the station, not the battlefield. The abbreviation for what a sergeant is an example of in the army goes inside (engaged in) a programme or syllabus.
17d Traces Farage endlessly wearing running clothes (8)
We have to remove both ends from the forename of Mr Farage, the UKIP leader, and insert what remains in running tops.
24d Hanger-on gets shelter by church (5)
A word for shelter or the sheltered side followed by one of the abbreviations for church.
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