Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27642 (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 Field a defender primarily to eliminate top football team (4,6)
A field or domain followed by the A from the clue, the initial letter (primarily) of D[efender] and a verb meaning to eliminate or remove
6a Little woman to take gamble with husband (4)
The shortened version of a woman’s name (one of the March sisters in Little Women) is a charade of a verb meaning to take a gamble and H(usband)
11a Canal worker receiving benefit including one engaged by King George (9)
This Venetian Canal worker is derived from a slang phrase meaning receiving benefit (2,4) around (including) I (one) all inside the King George’s regnal cipher
14a Worker calling round with agitated gesture (4-8)
A four-letter worker and a verb meaning calling around W(ith)
18a Spend childhood accommodating grandparent’s first whim (7,5)
A verb meaning to spend or devote and a word meaning childhood around the initial letter (first) of G[randparent]
21a Like some poems of Lamb about, say, cold (7)
The pen name used by Charles Lamb, yes the one that came up very recently, around the Latin abbreviation for “say / for example” and followed by C(old)
26a Drop charge (4)
Two definitions – a drop or small amount of, say, soda and a verb meaning to charge or hurtle
27a American road not willing to go round river (10)
The state of not having left a will around R(iver)
1d Modify wording of communist decree (6)
An adjective meaning communist or left-wing followed by a decree
4d Venetian ruler got a rise hoarding diamonds with ruthless attitude (3-3-3)
The title of the chief magistrate in republican Venice and Genoa followed by the reversal (rise in a down clue) of GOT A around D(iamonds)
5d Archery shot a bad one missing first place (5)
A bad person without (missing) his initial letter (first place)
7d Single brief medical upset at centre of large-scale outbreak (8)
I (single) and the shortened form (brief) of MED[ical] reversed (upset) inside an adjective meaning large-scale
8d Historic buildings, etc — one in Russia loses millions (8)
Start with an historic building in St Petersburg, Russia and then drop (losing) the M(illions)
16d Brilliant to splash out on papers, quids in (8)
A verb meaning to splash out one’s money is followed by (on in a down clue) personal papers (2) and then the symbol for pounds sterling (quids) is inserted
17d A cry for help about ultimate in dangerous material (8)
The A from the clue and an internationally recognised cry for help (3) around an adjective meaning ultimate or foremost – I hope you didn’t waste too much time trying the fit the final (ultimate) letter of [dangerous]S into the wordplay!
22d Gormless Scottish mountain dog (5)
Start with one of a range of Scottish mountains and drop (-less) the GORM bit
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The Quick crossword pun: Sighed+bored=sideboard