Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27701 (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 How chess is played in general (6,3,5)
A cryptic definition of how chess is played
10a Nasa’s speciality quickly harbours love (9)
An adverb meaning quickly around the Greek god of love
13a Some leave when one’s not at one’s best? (3-3)
This could be a short period of leave from work
18a Carefully selected husband together with old Scotsman being mentioned (4-6)
H(usband) followed by a three-letter conjunction meaning together with and what sounds like a member of an ancient people that used to inhabit parts of Scotland
22a Eminence following leader of Eucharist taken by Catholic priest (6)
An eminence or rising piece of ground preceded by the initial letter (leader) of E[ucharist] inside (taken by) the abbreviation for a Catholic
23a Light meal taken by singer-actress. Chips, perhaps? (7)
A light meal followed by a US singer-actress gives the profession of someone like (perhaps) Mr Chips
27a Excel at trick showing some beef (9)
This verb meaning to excel at a trick in a card game like whist or bridge comes from an adjective meaning showing or open followed by a cut of beef
28a Performing alone, Simon somehow obtains part in South Pacific (7,7)
A word meaning performing alone followed by an anagram (somehow) of SIMON and a verb meaning obtains a part in, perhaps, a play
2d Load caught being put on legendary ship (5)
C(aught) followed by Jason’s legendary ship
3d Means to cross London that destroys terraced houses (6)
he type of card used for travel on bases and trains in London is hidden (houses) inside the clue
4d Great Western Railway company (10)
Two definitions – one of the great Westerns, starring John Wayne and a UK company that operates trains, as well as buses, trams, express coaches and ferries
6d Shovel and pick worker‘s reserved (7)
Two definitions – the first being Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy and Dopey’s mate who works with them in the mine
7d Roll ball succeeding a great deal (9)
A type of sweet roll and a ball or formal gathering preceded by (succeeding) the A from the clue
14d Topless dance to cause anxiety to old female relative (10)
Start with [D}ANCE without its initial letter (topless) and follow it with a verb meaning to cause anxiety to
16d Run by city, German one mostly, with one friend (9)
Most of a German one (i.e. city) followed by I (one) and a friend or mate
19d Hitch as concert featuring Elbow more than half over (7)
A concert, like those held annually at the Albert Hall, around the reversal (over) of more than half of ELB[ow]
25d Blue feathers (4)
Two definitions – blue as in depressed and soft feathers
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The Quick Crossword pun: cap+tinker+Ellis+manned+all in=Captain Corelli’s Mandolin