Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27683 (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 Hotel employee that’s more to the left? (6)
By adding a comparative suffix to a nautical term this could, but doesn’t, mean more to the left
4a During which there’s the prospect of hidden riches? (4,4)
A cryptic definition of prospectors hurrying to dig up hidden riches
10a Stride out, catching dancer’s skirt half torn off — waste (8)
An anagram (out) of STRIDE around (catching) either part (half torn off) of a ballerina’s skirt
11a Warning of thaw? (6)
Split as (3,3) this could indicate that a thaw has taken place
13a Large number behind bars were scrounging (6)
A large Roman numeral placed inside an adjective meaning behind bars
20a Lapel back incomplete (6)
Most of (incomplete) a word meaning back
23a Steps outside a new window (8)
Some steps that make a staircase around the A from the clue and N(ew)
26a Delay for one with the doctor coming round (6)
I (one) and THE inside D(octo)R
1d Arrogant pair do uplifting drawing in university (5)
P(ai)R followed by the reversal (uplifting) of DO around (drawing in) U(niversity)
2d One doesn’t mind showing it (9)
An adjective meaning understanding or leniency,
4d Courtier’s victory? (4,3,3,5)
… for a player on the tennis court
6d Opening / cause of downfall (7)
This verb meaning opening or disentangling can also be a downfall or ruination
16d Plain vehicle goes from South America to North America (7)
A commercial vehicle sandwiched between the abbreviations for South America and North America
17d Idiot one’s seen holding raised period weapon from Africa (7)
An idiot and I (one) around (holding) the reversal (raised) of a period of time
19d Announced which river crossing will be somewhere near London (7)
A word that sounds like (announced) a word similar to which followed by a river crossing
22d Woodland being settled over unknown river (5)
A verb meaning settled or rested followed by a mathematical unknown and R(iver)
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The Quick Crossword pun: out+sore+sing=outsourcing