Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27731 (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.
1a Nudist should cover the feminine French back one’s studying in the wild (10)
Put a nudist around the reversal (back) of the feminine French definite article
9a Irritation of fine to be passed on (3,3)
An irritation followed by OF and F(ine)
11a Penny has a part in limited release (6)
P(enny) followed by the A from the clue and a part in a play gives limited release from prison
12a Note it’s old currency (4)
A verb meaning to note or write down and a currency that has been superseded by the euro
18a Get to know about the thing seen on the moors (7)
A verb meaning to get to know or be informed around THE
24a Back in the Commons? (8)
A verb meaning back or recovered and a cryptic definition of being elected as an MP
26a After lunchtime, two learners will join Sid as he goes round slope (8)
The Roman numeral for the usual lunchtime followed by a couple of L(earner)s and SID, all inside (goes round) HE
28a Change of heart — coach’s to drop one near factory (10)
At Papworth Hospital, maybe! – a verb meaning to coach from which the I (one) has been dropped followed by the S from ‘S and a factory
1d Find way to raise the terrible match attendance (8)
The reversal of the Terrible Russian Tsar followed by the word for the attendance at, for example, a football match
5d Go and fish where one pays one’s way (8)
A go or stint followed by a freshwater fish
6d Take away warship on land (8)
An underwater warship followed by a stretch of land
7d Large independent cat offers vital bond (8)
L(arge) and I(ndependent) followed by a generic word for a cat
15d Mother and I will have nearly everything that’s relevant (8)
The Latin for mother followed by I and most of (nearly) a three-letter word meaning everything
19d Way paper presents moving trial (4,4)
A way followed by an examination paper
21d Stop going uphill as well (4,2)
A palindromic (uphill as well) phrasal verb meaning to stop, for example a horse, from going
22d Articles about drink causing heart disease (6)
The two-letter and single-letter indirect articles around an alcoholic drink
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The Quick Crossword pun: vent+hill+hate=ventilate