Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27737 (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 Extra lavish meal is customary (10)
An extra in cricket followed by a lavish meal
9a Good-looking girl fit to seduce the Italian with scanty clothing (10)
A four-letter word for a good-looking girl followed by an adjective meaning fit or competent around the Italian definite article gives the alternative spelling of word meaning the state of being in scanty clothing
18a Round of applause for every managing body giving signal for action (12)
A round of applause followed by a three-letter word meaning “for every” and the managing body of a company
21a Those hearing poet keeping one in church (8)
The surname of a British-born poet around (keeping … in) I (one) and followed by the Church of England
22a Book regularly produced answer in reverse (6)
A(nswer) inside a verb meaning to reverse or invalidate
24a Bill the schoolmaster (4)
two definitions – the bill of a bird and a slang word for a schoolmaster
26a Yet later in the day (4)
Two definitions – the second being a poetic would for a period of time that is later in the day
27a At home son meets pressure, causing rebellion (10)
the two-letter usual suspect for at home followed by S(on) and some pressure or importance
1d Silly walk makes wife go off (6)
W(ife) followed by a verb meaning to go off or become rotten
2d Request to confess providing drugs (6)
Split as (2,4) this could be a request to confess or turn informer
3d Farmer has accident under blade of plough (12)
This tenant farmer who gives a part of each crop as rent is derived by putting an accident after (under in a down clue) the blade of a plough
5d Charge a liberal group of diplomats (10)
The A from the clue and L(iberal) followed by a group of diplomats
11d Try becoming popular on social media — it’s agonising (5-7)
A verb meaning to try in court followed by a word meaning becoming popular on social media, particularly Twitter
14d Breaking resistance getting into trendy group (10)
R(esistance) inside a two-letter word meaning trendy and a small group of people formed of dissenting members of a larger group
16d One of S Coe’s rivals breathed heavily not finishing disorderly race (8)
The initial and surname of one of S(ebastian) Coe’s rivals followed by most of (not finishing) a verb meaning breathed heavily
19d One’s carried part of song (6)
Two definitions – the second being a refrain or part of a song
23d Boyfriend‘s spoken of Cockney area (4)
Sounds like a district in East London
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The Quick Crossword pun: phrase+Ukraine=Frasier Crane