Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27695 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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There’s still time to have a go at our January 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 Take over from endlessly flexible worker (8)
Most of (endlessly) an adjective meaning flexible or lithe followed by the usual worker insect
8a Woman goes round new border village (6)
A woman’s name around N(ew) gives this famous village near the England / Scotland border – tut tut, this is not the full name of the village!
10a Central figure that’s not unusual being into hare coursing (4-4)
This central character in a story lacks unusual attributes – an anagram (coursing) of INTO HARE
13a Bounder in Channel Islands with a jumpy creature (6)
Put a bounder or scoundrel between the abbreviation for the Channel Islands and the A from the clue
15a That follows coffee after end of dinner (6)
Newspaper version – “That follows coffee before end of dinner”
A type of coffee followed by the final letter (end) of [dinne]R
21a Jack played games making the introduction for major celeb (8)
A three-letter jack or sailor preceded by (making the introduction for) an anagram (played) of GAMES
23a Initiative to stick with small part, backing number one (8)
A three-letter verb meaning to stick followed by the abbreviation for P(ar)T and the reversal (backing) of the short version of number and I (one)
25a What one could be doing with a pitch fork (6)
… checking the pitch of a musical instrument, perhaps
26a Expelled from university and locked up (4,4)
Two definitions – the second being what a judge ordered should happen to a convicted criminal
1d Disgrace, having no time for Greek character (5)
Drop the T(ime) from a disgrace or shame to get this Greek character
2d Sounds like an insignificant item of female attire (9)
The first part of this item of female attire sounds like an adjective meaning insignificant
4d Holy orders (3,12)
… that were given to Moses on Mount Sinai
5d Like the Tin Man, mug with twitch — ‘O my heart!’ (7)
A verb meaning to mug or steal from and a twitch around (my heart) O
6d Less than a full team play out miniature scene (7)
The two-letter representation of the number in a team after one player has been sent off inside a play or theatrical entertainment
12d Henry taking steps in the gloaming (4-5)
The three-letter abbreviated form of Henry followed by a set of steps or stairs
16d VAT guy arrests one driver (7)
The levy of which VAT is an example and a guy around (arrests) I (one)
17d Common-sounding element of poetry and slang? (7)
This element of most poetry also describes a type of slang popular in London’s East End
22d Beam before negative response for send-up material (5)
A beam followed by the reversal (for send-up) of a negative response
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The Quick Crossword pun: whale+weigh+station=railway station