Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27678 (Hints)
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Today is your last chance to have a go at 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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow.
1a Supporting music in reliable way (10)
An adjective meaning reliable followed by a way or path
11a Fish ration covering back of leaf (5,4)
A ration or allowance around the reverse or back of a leaf or page
12a Woman will be at that point when going west (7)
A word meaning at that point followed by the reversal (going west in an across clue) of a two-letter word meaning when
14a With credit after frauds, succeeded making moonshine (12)
a four-letter slang word for credit after some frauds and followed by s(ucceeded)
21a Fictional lawman’s spurning old wrinkles (7)
Start with John Mortimer’s fictional lawyer and the S from ‘S then drop (spurning) O(ld)
24a State enrolled nurse about to take top off shortly — it’s essential for tanning (9)
The abbreviation for a State Enrolled Nurse around most of (shortly) a verb meaning to take the top off a bottle or jar
26a Scoff about dishonest chap (4)
The reversal (about) of a verb meaning to scoff or ridicule gives this dishonest chap
27a Grassed area gardeners prepared round wicket (10)
An anagram (prepared) of GARDENERS around W(icket)
1d Glove puppet in which third of fingers is stuck up (6)
Start with Harry Corbett’s glove puppet and insert the third letter of [fi]N[gers]
3d Childish timepiece? Blow me! It’s somehow conned local kid (9,5)
An anagram (somehow) of CONNED LOCAL KID
4d Worker caught by lefty Miliband in the act (3-6)
A worker between (caught by) a lefty and the two-letter first name of the leader of the opposition
7d Cable to follow for part of the country (8)
The first name of the Business Secretary preceded by a three-letter word meaning for
16d Pawn and knight taken up in genuine act of revenge (8)
P(awn) and the reversal (taken up in a down clue) of the form of address for a knight inside an adjective meaning genuine
17d Being full of oneself like inhabitant of Middle East area (8)
The Latin abbreviation for like or for example followed by an inhabitant of a Middle East sultanate and the A from the clue
19d Workforce on a Hebridean island (6)
a workforce followed by the A from the clue
20d Quaker offers resistance when beset by devil (6)
R(esistance) inside (beset by) a devil
22d Neat guide (5)
Two definitions – neat in the sense of an ox and a verb meaning to guide
The Crossword Club is now open. I’ll be back from the village Café and Market around lunchtime.
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The Quick Crossword pun: pinnacle+larder=piña colada