Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27707 (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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Some hints follow.
3a Piano works — ‘Aida’, for instance? (5,5)
A type of piano followed by the Latin for works (a plural form of one of our usual suspects)
8a Realise one can do this at the bank (6)
Two rather similar definitions
10a Having retired, little woman retrospectively retains value (8)
The 3-letter shortened (little) form of a woman’s name is reversed (retrospectively) around (retains) value or worth
12a Space for painting needed by dull little apartment (6,4)
The space where an artist works followed by an adjective meaning dull
22a Ill-treatment of inspirational woman is to be admitted (6)
A woman who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist around IS
23a Rebel Frenchman aged badly (8)
A French forename, familiar to all who watched ‘Allo ‘Allo!, followed by an anagram (badly) of AGED
24a Command — it’s what winner of horse race had? (8)
Split as (4,4) it could be what the winner of a horse race had
25a One gathers that you don’t want to meet if it’s grim (6)
Put grim in front of this person who gathers the harvest and you get a personification of death in the form of a cloaked skeleton wielding a large scythe – and no-one wants to meet him!
26a Dolefully idle? (10)
Idle and, possibly (as indicated by the question mark) on the dole
1d Not Maria’s woolly drawer (8)
An anagram (woolly) of NOT MARIA
2d Broadcast bothered an angry woman (8)
What sounds like (broadcast) a verb meaning bothered or pestered followed by AN
3d Hospital within reach in poor quarter (6)
H(ospital) inside (within) a phrasal verb meaning to reach (3,2)
You only got a hint for this one so that I could add this Elvis video!
6d Parents going round an isthmus (6)
The two-letter forms of both parents around AN
7d Outcome? About second last, in short (6)
The two-letter word meaning about or concerning followed by S(econd) and the abbreviation (in short) for a word meaning last
15d Endanger surrounding area, which is magnificent (8)
A verb meaning to endanger around A(rea)
16d Cable TV, it’s said, has little weight (8)
What sounds like (it’s said) a colloquial word for TV followed by a small metric weight
17d Bad performer (4-4)
A charade of an adjective meaning bad and a performer gives this person who commits profoundly immoral and wicked deeds
Here’s another “Bad” performer, this one has nothing to do with the clue!
21d Ugly rumour may oust leader from firm (6)
This ugly rumour is derived from a word meaning may (although pedants might disagree!) followed by an adjective meaning firm without (oust … from) its initial letter (leader)
23d Count coming from Loire — lynched (4)
A verb meaning to count on or depend is hidden (coming from) inside the clue
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The Quick Crossword pun: Lawrence+Olivia=Laurence Olivier