Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27654 (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 I hand Pimms out, one in schooner perhaps (10)
An anagram (out) of I HAND PIMMS gives this sailor who might (perhaps) be on a schooner
9a English novelist — he sends a message (7)
E(nglish) followed by an American novelist
12a Business is booming at first having experienced shock (13)
An archaic word for business or barter, which today is mostly seen in the phrase “to have no [business] with”, preceded by a verb meaning is booming
14a Sea monster covered up bloomer (6)
A fierce sea-monster followed by a verb meaning covered up
22a Labour politician mostly turned to tackle electoral fraud (6-7)
Most of the surname of the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer followed by TO reversed (turned) and some tackle found on a sailing ship
24a Rich person takes year in popular holiday area (7)
A person or individual and Y(ear) inside the three-letter abbreviation for a popular holiday area
25a Abraham’s son is married, embraced by Jacob’s wife contrarily (7)
This son of Abraham is making his second appearance this week (the other one was in a Toughie) – IS followed by M(arried) inside (embraced by) the reversal (contrarily) of the name of Jacob’s wife
27a Laughing uncontrollably this month is irritating (2,8)
The abbreviation for the current month, used in business correspondence, followed by a verb meaning is irritating
1d People taking in island air (4)
Some male people around I(sland)
4d Stick in front of plane certainly for take-off (6)
A stick inside the initial letter (front) of P[lane] and a two-letter interjection meaning certainly or “yes, of course”
7d French tongue — clipped or showing listlessness? (7)
Most of (clipped) the French for tongue followed by OR
11d I don’t believe you, on top of all the rage, escape punishment (3,4,4,2)
A phrase meaning “I don’t believe you” (3,4) followed by an adjective meaning “all the rage” or “following current trends in popular taste” (4,2)
16d Verbally abused an unpleasant woman (8)
What sounds like (verbally) a verb meaning abused or pestered followed by AN
20d Wizard boarding school’s not right having hard bunk (7)
Start with the name of a fictional boarding school for wizards, drop (not) R(igh)T and add H(ard)
21d A spirit favouring youth (6)
The A from the clue and the spirit of an individual gives a word meaning against older people – a few words of advice to the setter: being in favour of something does not necessarily imply being against an alternative
23d A former railway charity (4)
The A from the clue and a former railway company / region
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The Quick Crossword pun: Manet+tow bar=Manitoba