Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27689 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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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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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 Tackle current expense (6)
A type of electric current followed by an expense
4a Aircraft with replica Spruce Goose’s tail (8)
OK, I’ve given a hint for this one just so that I can add an illustration; the first picture below is of an Airfix model similar to the one, as yet unbuilt, that I received for Christmas! – a four-letter word meaning an exact replica followed by the type of tree of which spruce is an example and the final letter (tail) of [goos]E; the Spruce Goose was the nickname given to the Hughes H-4 Hercules flying boat
10a Recycling centre to go metric? (9)
Split this recycling centre as (5,4) and it becomes a request to abandon an imperial measure and go metric
12a See Hurd end rebuilding in part of Chilterns maybe (7)
An anagram (rebuilding) of HURD END gives a part of the Chilterns that will be familiar to MPs who resign during the course of a Parliament by accepting a nominal office for profit under the Crown: holding such an office disqualifies an MP from the House under the Act of Settlement 1701
15a They don’t appreciate where fires get started (8)
Split as (2,6) this is where fires get started
18a Dance with boorish type without a fuss (8)
A dance event followed by a boorish type from which the A from the clue has been dropped (without)
23a Ineffective treatment of Post Office landing Cable in a mess (7)
Nothing to do with the current Business Secretary this time, in spite of the capitalisation! – the abbreviation for P(ost) O(ffice) around an anagram (in a mess) of CABLE
27a Liverpool’s colour kit adopted by Newcastle’s centre forward (9)
The colour of the Liverpool strip and a word meaning kit around the middle letter (centre) of [Newc]A[stle] gives a verb meaning to forward mail
29a Hero of the Rovers, amid retreating English, that stands against the tide (6)
The fictional hero of Melchester Rovers inside (amid) the reversal (retreating) of ENG(lish)
1d Tease the abstract art lover (8)
An anagram (abstract) of TEASE THE
2d One investigating death trap — there’s nothing in it (7)
A place where one might feel trapped around O (nothing)
3d One who’s wise following grand American sporting event (5,4)
An allegedly wise bird preceded by an adjective meaning grand
5d Cuddly character providing extra material for a Bronte novel (10,4)
Some extra material followed by an anagram (novel) of A BRONTE
9d Mobile adverts with a human interface? (8,6)
A cryptic definition of a pair of advertising placards worn over the chest and back on shoulder straps by a person employed to walk the streets
17d A ball played from the wing in the French game (8)
The A from the clue and a ball played from the wing into the penalty area in football all inside the French definite article
19d I would begin this Conservative declaration of love (7)
Split this as (2,1,4) and put I in front (I would begin) and you get a Conservative declaration
21d Queen tucked into sandwich in larder (7)
Put our Queen’s regnal cipher inside a type of sandwich, typically one that includes chips
24d Former lover directed endless praise (5)
The usual former lover followed by most of a verb meaning directed
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The Quick Crossword pun: Sochi+hauls+treat=Sauchiehall Street