Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27660 (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 Prior, clergyman that’s outwardly sanctimonious (8)
The three-letter abbreviation for a clergyman with an adjective meaning sanctimonious around it (that’s outwardly)
6a Fawn overturned cooking pot — drag! (6)
The reversal of a cooking pot is followed by a verb meaning to drag
10a Fabric taken from room without hesitation by Illingworth? (8)
Start with a seven-letter word for a room, drop the ER () from the end and then add the first name of Illingworth, the former England cricket captain
11a Charlie Champion anxious to disregard final part as Native American (8)
The letter represented by Charlie in the NATO Phonetic alphabet followed by a champion and an adjective meaning anxious or eager without its final letter
13a Indications chap will have craft and skill in shooting (12)
This is a lot easier when the definition has been separated from the wordplay – some indications are followed by a chap and a sailing craft
16a Novel with moving statement, part of good book (3,9)
An adjective meaning novel followed by an anagram (moving) of STATEMENT
21a With Jack collected, dismiss car (8)
A jack or sailor inside a verb meaning to dismiss a batsman who has not made it back to his crease (3,3)
26a You initially see Tom travelling round one national park (8)
The initial letter of Y[ou] followed by an anagram (travelling) of SEE TOM around I (one)
2d Section of band that may have blues accompaniment? (6)
This section of a band can by followed by blues for a music genre
5d I have withdrawn from repeated achievement (7)
Drop the shortened form of “I have” from the end of an adjective meaning repeated or sequential
7d Method of printing internet from TV (3,6)
A simple charade of a three-letter words for the internet, a preposition meaning from or away and another word for a TV
13d It seemed to me Middle English needs to include common elements of ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ (9)
The abbreviation for M(idle) E(nglish) and a verb meaning needs or should around (to include) the letters that are common to “thee” and “thou”
14d A chain found in Italy (9)
… of mountains
17d A memorial of victory wasting away (7)
The A from the clue followed by something awarded for a victory in, say, sport
18d Queen isn’t commonly charming! (6)
QU(een) followed by a common way of saying “isn’t”
22d Bust of old boy set up — some but not all present (5)
The reversal (set up in a down clue) of the abbreviation for O(ld) B(oy) is followed by SOM[e] without its final letter (but not all present)
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The Quick Crossword pun: Spey+slab+oratory=space laboratory