Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 27743 (Hints)
Big Dave’s Saturday Crossword Club
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The March Prize Puzzle is available today.
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.
1a Searched for somewhere to spend the night (6)
A three-letter prefix meaning for followed by somewhere to spend the night
9a Exhaust resources in practice session (3-7)
A phrase meaning to exhaust resources, when hyphenated, is a practice session
10a Mole‘s holiday by river? (10)
This mole can be found on the beach forming a barrier against the force of the waves – a short holiday is followed by the contents of, for example, a river (the question mark indicates that out-of-the-box thinking is required)
17a Secure part that’s appealing (7)
A verb meaning to secure or gain followed by a part
20a Free port erects a position to examine one’s past (10)
An anagram (free) of PORT ERECTS
23a Drink up (7,3)
A cryptic definition of a drink which is taken while on horseback (up)
25a Dry goods will be carried here? (2,3,5)
This adjective meaning dry or abstaining from alcohol could be where goods will be carried
26a Dodgy legality when two learners go merrymaking (6)
An anagram (dodgy) of [L]EGA[L]ITY after two L(earner)s have been dropped (when … go)
2d Salesman revises orders, being dictatorial (10)
The usual three-letter salesman is followed by an anagram (orders) of REVISES
4d At end of play they do this sketch on puzzles (4,6)
What happens at the end of the day’s play in cricket comes from a charade of a verb meaning to sketch and one meaning puzzles
5d Set loose in Paris, one parts heading north (7)
The French (in Paris) for one followed by the reversal (heading north in a down clue) of PARTS
7d Security pass on the side (10)
This asset which provides security for a loan comes from a charade of a mountain pass and an adjective meaning on the side
13d Deeply agitated, first to get wrapped up in breeze (10)
The three letters which can represent first inside (get wrapped up in) a breeze or current of air
15d Superficial understanding shown by second of concern? (10)
S(econd) followed by an adjective meaning of concern or importance
16d Folly one’s revealed in fancy plumbing fixture (6,4)
Folly or futility followed by a word meaning one or a single thing
19d Crowd round honey-maker welcoming Spaniards’ positive reaction, for example (7)
A honey-making insect around (welcoming) the Spanish for yes (positive reaction) and the Latin abbreviation of “for example”
24d Little being put together for each one (4)
A three-letter word meaning “for each” followed by I (one)
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The Quick Crossword pun: sell+bloc+aitch=Cell Block H