Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27725 (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.
4a Steer round trouble on minor road that’s delayed traffic (8)
Put a verb meaning to steer or change the course of a sailing ship around a three-letter verb meaning to trouble and the category allocated to a minor road
8a Run West perhaps astride horse (6)
To get this verb meaning to run or administer put the forename of Miss West, the actress, around a colloquial word for a horse
9a Cast net — fish to get caught up (8)
An anagram (cast) of NET is followed by a verb meaning to fish
12a Bring over Whistler’s new art that’s revolutionary (8)
The three-letter abbreviation for a whistle-blowing sporting official followed by the S from ‘S, N(ew) and ART all reversed (that’s revolutionary)
13a Break articles possessed by British Queen (8)
The indefinite article and the definite article inside BR(itish) and the Queen’s regnal cipher
16a Reptiles pushed back group of animals, 500 cut off in very hot day (8)
The shortened form of some reptiles is reversed (pushed back) and followed by a group of animals from which the final D (500 in Roman numerals) has been dropped (cut off)
19a Hamlet character needs endless noxious drink? (8)
No, it’s nothing to do with Shakespeare – this person who lives in a hamlet is derived from most of (endless) an adjective meaning noxious followed by an insipid foreign beer
21a Suitable item for stage production — American medical drama (6)
An item used in a stage production followed by an American medical drama
26a Superior newspapers covering South American city (8)
To get this Mother Superior put a generic word for newspapers around (covering) a South American city
1d Arson’s caused damage in my brickwork (7)
An anagram (caused damage) of ARSON inside MY
3d & 4d Heroine — lover left her, subsisted wretchedly (4,2, 3,1’11)
This heroine of a Thomas Hardy novel is an anagram (wretchedly) of LOVER LEFT HER SUBSISTED
5d One that’s made contract, one no-trump, defeated (8)
Someone who has made a contract to marry comes from I (one) NT (bridge notation for no-trump) and a verb meaning defeated or finished
6d Low council tax shown in pension? (1,3,1)
The second lowest category of council tax (4,1), when split (1,3,1), gives a pension or boarding house
14d Time to study English philosopher — tedious work (9)
T(ime) followed by a verb meaning to study and the surname of John Stuart, the English philosopher who is a frequent visitor to crosswords
15d Giving false praise he is a hypocritical type (8)
An anagram (giving false) of PRAISE HE gives this very self-righteous or hypocritical person
20d What’s left, say, with delicate trimming (6)
What’s left by to a beneficiary is derived by putting the Latin abbreviation of say / for example inside (with … trimming) an adjective meaning delicate or ornate
22d Post Office stocks exciting picture (5)
The abbreviation for P(ost) O(ffice) around an adjective meaning exciting or sensational
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The Quick Crossword pun: fill+Adele+fear=Philadelphia