Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27719 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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The February Prize Puzzle is available today – why not have a go?
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.
5a Husband in Christmas show, Marley at first, then ghost (7)
H(usband) goes into the shortened form of a Christmas show which is then followed by the initial letter (at first) of M[arley]
7a Birds chatter about new bag (7)
A three-letter word meaning chatter around N(ew) and a bag used for catching fish, butterflies, etc.
10a Candidate‘s cold sore, one almost being concealed (9)
C(old) and an adjective meaning sore or painful around (being concealed) most of ON[e]
13a Fungus among bundle brought back (3-3)
A two-letter word meaning among is followed by the reversal (brought back) of a bundle of the type carried by a pedlar or an animal
20a Practically everyone, contrary to expectation (3,3)
A word meaning everyone followed by a conjunction meaning contrary to expectation or other than
21a Something from the watercolourist? (8)
… who might have painted this picture while sitting on the beach!
28a A pound, cash thus far (7)
The A from the clue followed by the symbol for a pound sterling and some cash
29a Heather coming round to put back risqué books (7)
A five-letter word for heather around the reversal (put back) of TO
1d Powder used by Faust (alchemist) (4)
Hidden (used by) inside the clue
3d Houseman, English, twice confined suspected terrorist (8)
A houseman in a hospital followed by E(nglish) and E(nglish)
4d Heavy metal guitar accessory? (4)
Two definitions – the first being a heavy metallic element and the second an accessory used with an electric guitar
7d Bell sounding? I must leave (4)
Start with a verb meaning sounding, as a bell might, and then drop (must leave) the I – not a synonym that comes readily to mind; try working out the answer, adding the I and then looking it up in Chambers
14d Dance clubs round northern Georgia (5)
C(lubs) followed by the round-shaped letter, N(orthern) and the abbreviation for the US state of Georgia
15d Tea, say, and beer gave out (8)
An anagram (out) of BEER GAVE
17d Paved footpath in grounds, wide, leading to a yard (8)
Grounds or reason followed by W(ide), the A from the clue and Y(ard)
23d Speak about short time in lodge (4)
A verb meaning to speak around the abbreviation (short) for T(ime) gives a verb meaning to lodge or reside
27d Song from Callas needing no introduction (4)
Drop (needing no) the initial letter (introduction) from the forename of Miss Callas
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