Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27666 (Hints)
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It’s nearly Christmas and it’s time for our December Prize Puzzle!
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 Driving manoeuvre, say doing a U-turn, with Gabriel getting clipped (4,6)
Reverse (doing a U-turn) the Latin abbreviation for say or for example and follow it with the type of spiritual being of which Gabriel is an example, without his final letter (getting clipped)
9a Mafioso trashed Rome around summer time (7)
An anagram (trashed) of ROME around the UK’s summer time
10a Match official testimonial with no charge taken (7)
Start with a testimonial and drop the abbreviation for N(o) C(harge)
14a She wrote ‘A Transatlantic Decade’ (6)
The A from the clue, an abbreviation for a transatlantic country and the number of years in a decade
15a Aid to understanding foreign films being nuanced about it (8)
An adjective meaning being nuanced around IT
19a Area west of New South Wales the Queen’s come back to (6)
A(rea) followed by the abbreviation for New South Wales and the Queen’s regnal cipher
22a Amount of business done by electronics company is sweet (5,8)
This could be the amount of business done by a US electronics company
27a Keep protection with cutting through dreary escarpment (10)
If the clue said “protection for a keep” it would be a lot easier! – W(ith) inside (cutting through) an adjective meaning dreary then an escarpment
1d Like pheasant, e.g. male having bright covering (4)
M(ale) inside an adjective meaning bright (at least that’s what it used to mean!)
2d A Roman assassin moving right up in a tree (7)
Start with the A from the clue and the name of one of those who assassinated Julius Caesar then move the R(ight) up one position
3d Dairy product, possible output of goat etc, it’s said to make you (7,6)
An anagram (possible output) of GOAT ETC followed by a word said to a photographer to make you smile – surely there’s a word missing from this clue
5d A bloomer to stick around Eastern princess (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to stick or glue around E(astern) and Hindu princess (or more accurately a Hindu queen, the wife of a raja)
8d Show passion and skill embracing wife and lover (10)
A six-letter verb meaning to show passion and a skill around (embracing) W(ife)
13d Being madly made, does it rise when sheep’s angry? (10)
Split as (3’1,6) this could be something that rises when a male sheep is angry
21d A Big Apple entertainment failing to start, in a haphazard way (6)
The A from the clue followed by the abbreviation for the city known as the Big Apple and some entertainment without its initial letter (failing to start)
23d One’s sore, getting left out of fashion (4)
Drop (out) L(eft) from a fashion
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