Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27648 (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 Room in which cleaner accepts award (7)
The usual cleaner around an award
10a Rising costs in Apartment No.1 overturned … (9)
IN followed by an apartment and the reversal (overturned, usually a down clue construct) of the No and I (Roman numeral for 1)
14a Pipe officer (12)
Two definitions – a type of pipe and the elected lay officer who traditionally smoked such a pipe
22a Broomstick? (10)
Split as (5,5) this could indicate that a broomstick is the traditional means of transport for someone involved in this black art
25a Maltreat said girl with title (9)
What sounds like (said) a young girl is followed by a title or name
26a Remember this language? The French can (5)
This ancient language is derived from a charade of the feminine French definite article and a can or container
27a Sack supermarket worker (7)
A verb meaning to sack or dismiss is also someone who works on the till in a supermarket
28a Flipping routine — A, B, C and so on — that’s for the birds (7)
The reversal (flipping) of a three-letter word for a routine followed by the types of musical notation of which A, B, C etc. are examples
1d Grain that’s planted before in California (6)
A poetic word for before inside (planted in) CAL(ifornia)
2d Warrior that runs a long way (6)
A female warrior and a very long South American river
3d Stronger beer, mate? (6,4)
An adjective meaning stronger and a quantity of beer which is less than a pint gives how many a man describes his partner,
5d Second course, perhaps, that will revive you (9)
Two definitions – a subsequent course of training and something that will revive you
7d Agree company will get part that’s covered in broadcast (8)
CO(mpany) followed by what sounds like (broadcast) the part of a building that is covered in
13d Finicky individual (10)
Two definitions – an adjective meaning finicky or fussy and one meaning individual or specific
15d Book rest? (9)
Two more definitions! – a book that has been sold off cheaply by the publisher after sales have fallen off and the rest or what is left
20d Arrests? They’ll attract attention (6)
Yet another double definition – a verb meaning arrests or hinders from growth and things done to attract attention
24d Army cricket team’s vehicle (4)
The former name of The Army Reserve (it changed its name earlier this year, but most setters have failed to notice) followed by the number of players in a cricket team in Roman numerals
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