Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27672 (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 Attendant’s needed after petticoat sliding (8)
A boy attendant preceded by another name for a petticoat
9a Minute device one could go off after a while (4,4)
That which can be measured in minutes followed by an explosive device
13a Close shave going over the top? (5,3)
A cryptic definition of a hair style which is created without using scissors!
16a Curtain evidentially drawn out at intervals (4)
Start with the second letter then take every third letter (at intervals) from [e]V[id]E[nt]I[al]L[y]
20a Works to get across independent statement of grievance (6)
Some industrial works around I(ndependent)
23a Unintended consequence of engineers striking (12)
The usual two-letter abbreviation for engineers followed by the section of an orchestra where the instruments are struck
26a Its passengers don’t take flight (4)
Passengers in this are avoiding a flight of stairs!
28a Kindness to pass over diamonds given by final bequest (8)
A straightforward charade of a two-letter verb meaning to pass or move, O(ver), D(iamonds) and a written document containing a final bequest
2d Polish one’s speech? (8)
Polish, as spoken by the Poles, is an example (indicated by the question mark) of this
3d Hull’s high-water mark (8,4)
A rather weak cryptic definition of a marking on a ship’s side showing the limit of legal submersion when loaded with cargo
5d Case for the sewer (4)
… in which to keep needles and other small objects
7d Object to delay, nothing’s to be held up (4)
The reversal (up in a down clue) of a delay around O (nothing)
12d Born with real worries in relation to partner (7-2-3)
I don’t usually flag up anagrams in these hints, but I liked this one – worries indicates an anagram of BORN WITH REAL
14d Business pace has two characters rising at another’s expense (5)
Start with a pace or step and move up (rising in a down clue) the last two characters in front of (at another’s expense) the third letter
17d Roman underground terminus? (8)
A cryptic definition of a Roman underground burial chamber or last resting place (terminus)
19d Appreciative for quantity of coal (8)
Could be the quantity of coal put in the fireplace
25d Chorus starts to serenade in noisy group (4)
The initial letters of four words in the clue
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