Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27618 (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 Curt comedian abandoned without popular support (12)
An anagram (abandoned) of CURT COMEDIAN
9a Woman who’s left Nazi without resentment (7)
This woman who is left a legacy is derived by putting the surname of the last Nazi prisoner in Spandau around some resentment
10a Fashionable costumier, poet is dressed by me (7)
Put an archaic word for a poet inside (dressed by) ME
12a Had too much of composer in regressive act (7)
Put an Italian composer inside the reversal (regressive) a two-letter verb meaning to act
13a Surrealist shows seabirds with head on wrong end (5)
Start with some seabirds and move the initial letter (head) to the other (wrong) end
16a Ban girl coming out with topless dress (9)
A girl making her first appearance in society followed by a dress or article of clothing without its initial letter (topless)
23a Saddle hurtful with one aboard little horse endlessly (7)
An adjective meaning hurtful or bad and I (one) inside (aboard) most of (endlessly) a young (little) horse
Don’t if you are prudish!
25a Boy keeps tumbling down mountain (7)
Put a boy around an anagram (tumbling) of DOWN
26a Bribe with £500 someone to fix things (6,6)
A verb meaning to bribe followed by the slang term for £500 gives this colloquial term for a mechanic (someone to fix things)
1d Northern Ireland company aboard vessel finding mythical beast (7)
Put the abbreviations for N[orthern) I(reland) and CO(mpany) inside a vessel used to hold ashes
2d Least shallow river — nuisance going under (7)
The Jolly Miller’s river followed by a nuisance – “There was a Jolly Miller once; lived on the River …”
5d Mini maybe parked by a daughter’s home (7)
The kind of garment of which a mini is an example (maybe) preceded (parked) by the A from the clue and D(aughter)
6d One shoddily rinsed one’s privy (7)
I (one) followed by an anagram (shoddily) of RINSED gives someone who is privy to exclusive information
7d MI5 after tender meat dishes (9,4)
Those working for MI5 preceded by (after) a person who tends his flock
19d Steer three characters from Istanbul to join Yale, say (7)
The final three letters of [Istan]BUL followed by a product famously manufactured by Yale, among others
20d Half of them drily cooked, as French hens appear at Christmas? (7)
The first half of TH[em] followed by an anagram (cooked) of DRILY
22d Kid persuaded by speech (5)
This type of leather sounds like (by speech) a verb meaning persuaded or influenced
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